Launch of Creative Ireland Programme 2017-2022
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, today announced the launch of the Creative Ireland Programme in the newly-restored Shaw Room of the National Gallery of Ireland.
Creative Ireland is the Government’s Legacy Programme for Ireland 2016. It is a five-year all-of-government initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which at its core is a wellbeing strategy which aims to improve access to cultural and creative activity in every county across the country.
Speaking at the launch, the Taoiseach said: “Creative Ireland is about placing culture at the centre of our lives, for the betterment of our people and for the strengthening of our society..."
Creative Ireland is built around five pillars:
1. Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child
2. Enabling Creativity in Every Community
3. Investing in our Creative and Cultural Infrastructure
4. Ireland as a Centre of Excellence in Media Production
5. Unifying our Global Reputation
The Minster for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Heather Humphreys TD., said: “Creative Ireland, as an Ireland 2016 legacy project...puts culture and creativity at the centre of public policy, which will benefit artists and citizens nationwide. This is a very ambitious public policy initiative; possibly the most significant for the arts and cultural sectors in a generation".
Mary McCarthy, Chair of the Expert Advisory Committee of Culture Ireland in welcoming the announcement of the Creative Ireland Programme, said: “Culture Ireland, as it continues to lead in the promotion of Irish arts worldwide, looks forward to working with Creative Ireland and supporting its ambitions to achieve greater resonance for Ireland globally.”
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