SAVE THE DATE: The Arts Council and Local Government are hosting a joint conference on 12 January 2017 in Dublin Castle on the theme of ‘Places Matter: what happens when we invest in the arts? ‘
This inaugural national conference is the first in a planned biennial series being held under the auspices of the new Arts Council / Local Government agreement A Framework for Collaboration. This is an important opportunity to demonstrate the unified approach the Arts Council and Local Government are taking to supporting and developing the arts across Ireland.
The conference sessions, which include key note presentations from Prof Geoffrey Crossick, Prof John O’Hagan and contributions from Dr. Emer Smyth, Head of Social Research at the ESRI, Deirdre Cullen, Senior Statistician at the CSO and Diarmaid Lawlor from Head of Urbanism, at Architecture and Design, Scotland. Persuasive case studies that demonstrate ‘what happens when we invest in the arts’ will provide an inspirational feature of the conference and Emmet Kirwan, actor, writer and social observer will deliver a conference summary in his own inimitable style.
Importantly, this conference addresses the societal benefits from state expenditure on the arts and explores the role of the arts in building cohesive and sustainable communities. Following the centenary year, when cultural expression and citizenship were critical to the national response and programming of the commemorations, the conference has placed the citizen and our cultural future at the heart of its focus.
Full details will be announced in the coming weeks including booking information. For more information please contact Sinéad O’Reilly, Head of Local Arts and Arts Participation firstname.lastname@example.org 01 6180249 or Monica Corcoran, Strategic Development Manager email@example.com 01 6180202
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