The Arts Council has today announced the recipients of the Invitation to Collaboration Scheme which will see €212,000 being awarded to six major arts projects around the country, as part of a scheme which promotes greater collaboration between local authorities.
Projects that will benefit include a unique composition for visually impaired musicians with the Irish Memory Orchestra in Clare, a major youth arts project in Limerick focussing on tolerance and action and a biodiversity themed public art project along the eastern coastline between Wexford, Dublin City and Fingal County Councils.
Indecon will conduct research into local authority arts provision, while Kildare will lead out on advancing the practice of dance and health. Dun Laoghaire Rathdown will focus on community arts provision in Ballyogan, in a research partnership with Belfast City Council and Queens University.
The scheme aims to identify new ways of strengthening access to the arts for people across Ireland and to highlight the role of the arts in building sustainable, cohesive communities.
Speaking today as she launched the scheme in the dlr Lexicon, Director of the Arts Council, Orlaith McBride, said: “I am delighted to confirm today that the Arts Council is providing €212,000 to six worthy projects who each bring something unique to the table. This will benefit arts organisations, artists and the public in many counties across Ireland.
“This scheme is a great example of how Local Authorities can work together to enhance the cultural offering in their own local communities. The projects highlight the quality of perception and ambition within local authority arts, which have all identified unique approaches to the many facets of the arts that they are invested in.
As a public service organisation, we must work better at utilising the rich expertise that exists in these local authority arts offices, and funding projects with a regional focus is an excellent way to do just that.
“I look forward to tracking the progress of each project and hope they will contribute to how the public experience the arts locally”.
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