Enabling creativity in every community: Creative Ireland hosting open meetings nationwide

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

Placing culture and community at the heart of public policy for 2017 – 2022 will be the topic of conversation at a series of open meetings held over the next four week, across the country.

According to organisers, the idea behind the meetings is to share details about the programme and explore opportunities to increase access, engagement and collaboration in the local arts, heritage and creative industries.

Inspired by the extraordinary public response to the 1916 Centenary project, Creative Ireland hopes to lead the development of a dedicated Culture and Creativity plan, based on the premise that participation in cultural activity drives personal and collective creativity, with significant implications for individual and societal wellbeing.

2017 will also see a special focus on children and young people with the specific objective of fast-tracking the Charter for Arts in Education, to increase access and participation for children in high quality arts and culture experiences.

A network of highly experienced librarians, arts officers and heritage officers has been set up across all 31 local authorities to lead on each county’s Creative Ireland Programme to share ideas, develop collaborations and explore opportunities for increased investment in local arts, culture and creative industries.

The outcomes from the public engagement – and how they will be implemented – will be the first test of the Creative Ireland initiative.

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