Major evening of culture, creativity and heritage announced
Mayo County council invites anyone with an interest in culture, creativity or heritage to a briefing evening on Creative Ireland in Lough Lanngh Holiday village Castlebar on Friday next, March 31st.
Enabling creativity in every community is a core pillar of the Creative Ireland Programme, an ambitious five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which will place our strongest assets – our culture and creative communities - at the centre of public policy. In 2016, Mayo County Council demonstrated their unique capacity to activate and support community engagement and participation in marking the Centenary year through a wide range of arts, culture and heritage initiatives.
Creative Ireland aims to build on this success by leading on the development of a dedicated Culture and Creativity plan for Mayo based on the premise that participation in cultural activity drives personal and collective creativity, with significant implications for individual and societal wellbeing. 2017 will see a special focus on children and young people with the specific objective of fast-tracking the Charter for Arts in Education, which will significantly increase access and participation for children in high quality arts and culture experiences.
A network of highly experienced arts officers, heritage officers and librarians has been set up across all 31 local authorities to lead on each county’s Creative Ireland Programme and a series of public meetings will be held over the next four weeks to share ideas, develop collaborations and explore opportunities for increased investment in local arts, culture and creative industries. Additional funding to support the initiative will be made available through the Creative Ireland Programme in 2017 with the potential for further investment over the next four years. Austin Vaughan has been appointed Creative Ireland co-ordinator for Mayo County Council.
Speaking about the Creative Ireland programme in advance of the open meeting in Mayo, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D., said “I launched Creative Ireland last December in our National Gallery, which is nearing completion following a €20 million refurbishment project over six years. We chose the National Gallery to launch the Creative Ireland programme - because of the symbolism of a new beginning, a blank canvas as it were, a link between the past and the future. The open meeting in Mayo is a fantastic opportunity for those at local level to get involved and I hope to attend some of the county workshops around the country to hear their ideas first hand. I encourage those involved in the cultural and creative communities around Mayo to attend the open meeting in Lough Lannagh, Castlebar on Friday, 31st March. It is important to recognise that if we do not create our own future, we run the risk that it will be created for us. Together we can do extraordinary things and this is your opportunity to join the discussion about how the Creative Ireland programme will enable creativity for all our citizens.”
In addition, all the agencies of Government, including national cultural institutions, state agencies, Government Departments, organisations, individuals and communities will be activated to embed creativity across all aspects of their work – and use that creative potential to foster collective wellbeing and social cohesion.
Mayo County Council and the Creative Ireland national team will host an open meeting on March 31st from 5.30pm to 7.30pm to share details about the Programme and to explore opportunities to increase access, engagement and collaboration in the local arts and creative industries in Lough Lannagh Holiday Village, Old Westport Road, Castlebar
Full details of the Creative Ireland Programme are available at creative.ireland.ie