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The fine art of giving a little back

ARTISTS who receive taxpayer funding will have to donate their time to local education initiatives.

Under the new Arts in Education Charter which has been agreed between Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan and Education Minister Ruairi Quinn, a new public service education dividend will be introduced.

It means artists and organisations that receive state money will be expected to donate "a small amount of time each year" to projects in their areas.

The charter also includes commitments from museums and galleries to ensure students visit a national cultural institution at least once during school.

The Abbey Theatre and the National Concert Hall have agreed to offer discounted tickets – costing a maximum of €5.

Irish Independent