The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has today launched a new initiative of the Arts Council which will see €350,000 being awarded to six major arts projects around the country, as part of a scheme which promotes better collaboration between local authorities.
Projects that will benefit include the popular Sliabh Liachra Music Trail in Cork and Kerry, a unique new early years performance in Dublin, and a cultural diversity project between Mayo, Donegal and South Dublin County Councils.
A plan to generate growth in Irish language drama in the Gaeltacht areas also has been selected, while a ‘creative mentoring’ initiative between Kerry and Cork local authorities will strengthen the festival offering in the region.
The funding is being made available under the Arts Council’s ‘Invitation to Collaboration’ scheme. It aims to identify new ways of bringing the arts to the doorstep of people across Ireland and to highlight the role of the arts in building sustainable, cohesive communities.
Speaking today, Director of the Arts Council, Orlaith McBride, said: “I am delighted to confirm today that the Arts Council is providing €350,000 to six worthy projects who each bring something unique to the table. This will benefit arts organisations, artists and the people in counties across Ireland.
“The purpose of this scheme is to enable greater collaboration between arts offices around the country. As a public service organisation, we must work better at utilising the rich expertise that exists in these 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 the how the public experience the arts locally”.
Speaking as she launched the scheme at the Arts Council’s offices on Merrion Square today, Minister Humphreys said: “This scheme is a great example of how Local Authorities can work together to enhance the cultural offering in their own local communities. A key priority identified in Culture 2025, the new cultural policy, is that we need to facilitate more co-operation across our cultural sectors so I am delighted to see the Arts Council encouraging collaboration at a local level.
“Under my wider brief, which covers arts and rural affairs, I want to look at ways to strengthen the focus on arts and culture in our Local Authorities and improve access to the arts at a community level. This Arts Council scheme promotes a new way of working across local authority boundaries, which will benefit artists and local communities across the country.”
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