MARCH FOR THE ARTS

Arts workers throughout the city and county are coming together to ensure the place of the arts in our country’s recovery, in a March For The Arts at 2pm on Saturday 14 November beginning at Daunt Square. Cork artists and arts workers are proud of their contribution to Cork’s designation in the Lonely Planet Best of 2010 Guide as one of the top ten cities in the world to visit and the significance that this has had to the local economy.

At a meeting in the Everyman Palace Theatre on the 29th of October, arts workers in Cork came together to discuss what they could do locally to voice their support for the National Campaign for  the Arts (www.ncfa.ie).

The National Campaign for the Arts asserts the fundamental importance of the arts to economic recovery and calls for:

1.       Retention of Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide.

2.       Retention of The Irish Film Board, development agency of the Irish film industry.

3.       Maintenance of existing levels of funding to the Arts Council.

4.       Retention of the artists’ income tax exemption scheme.

5.       Commitment to retain the arts portfolio at cabinet as part of a senior ministerial portfolio.

There was a very strong feeling at the meeting that, as well as contacting TDs and local representatives to make the case for the arts, a public action of sorts needed to be made, not only by arts workers, but by the general public who are supporters of the arts and who are concerned about the effects of cuts to arts funding. Cork artists and arts workers are proud of their contribution to Cork’s designation in the Lonely Planet Best of 2010 Guide as one of the top ten cities in the world to visit and the significance that this has had to the local economy. It is hoped that with the maintenance of current levels of Arts Council funding, the arts in Cork will continue to draw visitors to the area and that Cork can capitalise on the spending power of these visitors..

So on Saturday November 14th, all concerned parties will gather at Daunt Square and march down Patrick’s Street and gather again at Emmet Place. The main objectives are to raise awareness and inform people of what’s at stake for the Arts in the forthcoming budget and to ask people to add their signatures to an online petition (http://www.petitiononline.com/ncfa/petition.html) in support of the cause.

For more information on the march, visit www.corkarts.org.

An extra special event will take place at 1.30pm, just before the march – for more information on how to be involved, email letmrblueskyin@gmail.com.


Julie Kelleher
0863774104
corkartsworkers@gmail.com
http://corkarts.org

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