Arts awarded over €800k in funding
A number of arts and cultural organisations in Cork are to benefit from funding of over €800,000 it was announced this week.
No Cork projects were among seven flagship projects announced this week, but Cork County Council and the Briery Gap Theatre in Macroom did secure €250,000, after the theatre was hit by a fire last May.
Other substantial grants were secured by Cork Opera House (€176,288), the Firkin Crane (€150,000) and the Everyman Palace (€155,463), while Wandesford Quay Ltd were granted €90,842.
The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, announced details of more than €9 million in capital funding for arts and culture centres on Monday.
The Minister made the announcement as part of the Creative Ireland programme, with funding provided under her Department’s Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016-2018.
A total of 56 cultural organisations will benefit from this capital investment, including theatres, heritage centres, galleries, archives, integrated arts centres, artist studios and creative and performance spaces.
Minister Humphreys said: “This €9 million announcement is the most significant investment in regional arts and cultural centres in a decade. The Creative Ireland Programme places a focus on investing in our cultural infrastructure, because high quality infrastructure is critical for a vibrant arts and culture sector, which in turn, underpins social cohesion and supports sustainable economic growth.
“The main objective of these capital grants is to maintain and enhance the existing stock of arts and culture centres, many of which need to be upgraded.
“Creative Ireland aims to place culture and creativity at the heart of every community nationwide, while the Rural Action Plan seeks to revitalise rural towns and villages through a range of investments and initiatives. Of the €9 million in funding I am announcing today, over 85 per cent is going to projects outside Dublin.
“Creative Ireland aims to promote individual, community and national wellbeing through cultural activity. A vibrant cultural sector is essential to society and investment in local arts and cultural centres helps to facilitate access to and participation in the arts in communities nationwide,” she said.
In total, funding of €822,593 was granted to arts organisations in Cork.
Also this week, Cork County Council announced arts funding to over 147 arts organisations and individual artists in county.
Arts grants totalling €155,000 were approved by Cork County Council at its meeting on 13 February.
The grants will support many voluntary arts groups including pipe and brass bands, choirs, traditional music and creative writing groups.
Allocations to 37 arts festivals will account for the largest share of arts funding in 2017. The economic impact of the 30 festivals supported by Cork County Council in 2016 was worth €1.5m to the local economy and attendance at funded festivals was estimated at over 125,000.
County Mayor, Cllr Seamus McGrath commented: “It was important that the council should continue to support arts activity at community level, particularly in view of the fact that so much activity is generated by the work of voluntary arts organsations.”
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