Ireland has launched a bold experiment to support its arts and culture workers. Two thousand visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, writers, actors, dancers, and others chosen at random from among 8,000 applicants will receive a basic income of €325 a week for three years with no constraints on how they spend the money. Included among the recipients are 13 circus artists and 10 architects.
Every six months each participant must answer survey questions about their artistic output and working hours as well as sleeping habits and the state of their mental health. They are also asked about such societal activities as […]