The National Campaign for the Arts announces results of its recent 2017 national survey, which was open to the public as well as its members and shows a deep concern for the state of investment in the arts in Ireland. Sentiment indicated a general level of enthusiasm for the high-level, unified and cross-Governmental initiative Creative Ireland. However there was, also, understandably, caution and concern over the initiative centring mainly on publicity and marketing rather than long-term sustainable policy change for the sector.
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Regrettably, Budget 2018’s disappointing announcements for the sector alongside a side-stepping on earlier budgetary statements made by an Taoiseach – have left the sector questioning just how genuine the Government’s commitment to the arts actually is, with acclaimed playwright Enda Walsh stating “When the Taoiseach made his campaign pledge to double arts funding, it transformed hopes and expectations for artists and arts workers across Ireland, just as Justin Trudeau’s pledge had done in Canada. Like Mr Trudeau, the Taoiseach should now set out a concrete, costed plan to deliver his promise.”
The National Campaign for the Arts echoes that call and calls on the Taoiseach as a matter of urgency to set out a concrete 5-year programme of increases. The sector needs to see a credible path to delivering his pledge to ensure this commitment still exists.
The contrast with Canada is striking: both the Taoiseach and the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, campaigned for office with a pledge to double arts and culture funding, but PM Trudeau actually delivered on his pledge in his first budget last year with a clear indication of how an additional $1.89 billion is to be invested in the sector over 5 years.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR THE ARTS
Established in 2009 as a response to the McCarthy Report, The National Campaign for the Arts is a nationwide, volunteer-led, grass roots movement that makes the case for the arts in Ireland. It seeks to ensure that the arts are on local and national government agendas and are recognised as a vital part of contemporary Irish life.
The NCFA’s ambitious but inclusive proposition is to work with the Government and the sector to recognise the centrality of the arts to the future, as well as the history, of our nation, and to achieve an appropriate and functional level of state investment in the arts and culture.
For further information, visit http://www.ncfa.ie
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