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The National Campaign for the Arts is a 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 was established in September 2009 in response to a government public expenditure review, known colloquially as the McCarthy Report. This report made a series of recommendations which would have devastated the cultural infrastructure and had profound consequences for arts provision in Ireland.
The NCFA has had considerable success in lobbying to protect funding for and safeguard the infrastructure supporting the arts. Its work in this regard continues, particularly in light of the Public Service Reform plans.
The NCFA has now identified four strategic areas of work as their priority over the next five years. They are: a better evidence base for better policy on the arts; a more meaningful public conversation about the arts; building shared intention across the arts sector; and supporting the mutuality of the arts and education.
The NCFA is a non-partisan grouping and does not receive public funding. Independent and resourceful, it relies on donations and the time, talent and goodwill of committed individuals and organisations.