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Building Creative Communities – Limerick City and County Council welcomes major creativity initiative

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys with Conn Murray, Chief Executive Limerick City and County Council, Building Creative Communities 

Building Creative Communities – Limerick City and County Council welcomes major creativity initiative

Enabling creativity in every community is a core pillar of the Building Creative Ireland Programme, an ambitious five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which will place our strongest assets – our culture and building creative communities – at the centre of public policy. 

In 2016, Limerick City and County Council demonstrated their unique capacity to activate and support community engagement and participation in marking the 1916 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 Limerick city and county and 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.  Sheila Deegan has been appointed Creative Ireland co-ordinator for Limerick City and County Council.

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.

Limerick City and County Council and the Creative Ireland national team will host an open meeting on Friday, 10th March 2017 from 1pm-3pm at Limerick City Gallery of Art to share details about the programme and to explore opportunities to increase access, engagement and collaboration in the local arts and creative industries in Limerick.

For full details of the Creative Ireland Programme click HERE

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.