The IOA aims to offer access and equipment for all artistic mediums and pursuits. We work with academic, and other artistic experts from all art forms to develop and publish new resources, as well as to improve and increase access to already existing resources. We also strive to ensure that these resources are maintained and preserved as a historical record for the future. We believe the concept of Liberal Arts comes from ancient Greece. Liberal Arts included subjects from both what we now call the arts, as well as the sciences, which is why some universities only confer Bachelor of Arts degrees, although this practice is changing.
[Nationally] Government is not able to finance such projects from public funds, we must continue to encourage the development of new projects and works, to advance the arts and arts education as well as develop & improve international relationships. Lost Arts reports cuts to the arts in the region of 30%(2015). The Arts Council's budget went from £387.7 million in 2011/12 to £349.4 million in 2014/15 - The UK Film Council was cut in 2015 along with Local Area Authorities funding for arts.
[In Education] Schools are under pressure to perform well primarily in numeracy and literacy; as a result many humanities including the arts can fall into the background. This is concerning as we are able to teach 4-11 year olds how to read music, yet research shows many children leave secondary school unable to read a simple score.
The main problem identified is the inability for British citizens primary children and schools to access resources to develop a wide range of skills particularly in arts and culture, an area that the United Kingdom proudly present as a part of its heritage.
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