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Ireland to exhibit art across the US

on Monday,January 10,2011 21:01

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Exploring the art of other cultures around the world can be difficult due to a lack of collections, but the Irish government hopes to provide more resources to Americans in the near future. Recently, officials announced that they will offer $5.2 million to the U.S. to institute programs dedicated to Irish art, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The year-long initiative will feature more than 2,000 artists over the course of approximately 400 events. Officials said the project, Titled Imagine Ireland, will feature Irish art, theater, dance, literature and music.

"We have invested in [the program] because the arts and culture are so vital to [the country's] recovery and it will bring Irish culture to new audiences and generations across America," Mary Hanafin, Ireland's minister for culture, told the news source.

The Irish Department of Tourism is helping to fund the efforts. The project will tour more than 40 cities across the U.S., including Washington D.C. and Brooklyn. Ireland has been facing financial struggles since its bail out. The country continues to promote its culture and pride around the world.

Employment of artists is projected to increase by 12 percent over the next seven years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
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