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Ms. Heather Humphreys, TD
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
6 October 2014
I write as Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA), some of whose members you met informally in Leinster House on 16 July with Senator Fiach MacConghail. As you can imagine, we are all eagerly awaiting news of the provision for the arts in the forthcoming budget and would very much welcome an opportunity for members of our Steering Committee to meet with you in the coming week to discuss this and other key issues.
Drawn from every county in Ireland, the members of the NCFA represent individuals and organisations from all arts disciplines, ranging from theatre to music and from visual arts to film, and are well placed to understand the many very urgent concerns of the sector as a whole.
The NCFA has also undertaken an extensive research and consultation process over the past two years and has drawn together a series of specific recommendations which we are sure will be of interest to you and the senior officials in your Department in relation to policy development as the recovery takes hold. The recommendations include the need to gauge levels of public interaction with the arts, links between arts and education and the well-documented correlation between health, well-being and arts participation, together with opportunities to harness and participate in various European initiatives. We look forward to outlining these ideas with you at an early date.
We are aware of the very many demands on your time in the lead up to the Budget, but feel our input would provide a very helpful wider perspective on the arts sector as part of this process.
With kind regards
National Campaign for the Arts
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