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Creative Places Ireland is a three-year pilot programme developed for communities around the country that have not had opportunities to benefit from sustained public arts investment.
The Arts Council-led programme is underpinned by a commitment in its Making Great Art Work 2016–2025 strategy to increase engagement in the arts and pilot a new model of funding, whereby the Arts Council invests directly in a place and its people, working with key local partners to uncover each location’s key assets, resources and ambitions.
It is hoped the pilot programme (2019–2022) with funding of €150,000 per annum, will encourage a sustainable grassroots approach to creativity and arts development and create new opportunities for local communities to choose, design and take part in brilliant arts experiences over a number of years. It is based on an understanding that people have the ideas, relationships, resilience and ambition to develop and sustain their own creative change.
Following extensive research, the town of Tuam is being offered the pilot of this programme because it satisfied criteria indicating that it would enjoy social and economic benefits from sustained investment in the arts. Existing arts investment and infrastructure, social and economic factors, as well as the cultural diversity of place were examined during the research process and informed this decision.
The Arts Council envisages that Tuam will become an exemplar of the programme and that the pilot will help to shape the future development of the arts in other places throughout the country.
For more information please contact the Local Arts Team
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