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NCFA What Next?
Minutes of meeting, 3 August 2016
In attendance: Eoghan Carrick, Tom Creed, Ali Kirby, Karina Lundstrom, Siobhan Mooney, Siofra Nic Liam
1. The arts are an integral part of local life, creating cohesion and strengthening bonds within communities.
2. The creative industries in Ireland such as fashion, games, and film are highly lucrative and support the economy.
3. Our culture is our national identity, it defines us and it increases tourism to our country.
Next meeting: 10 August, 9am at VAI offices (Central Hotel Chambers, 7/9 Dame Court, Dublin 2)
NCFA What Next?
Minutes of meeting, 27July 2016
In attendance: Eoghan Carrick, Tom Creed, Karina Lundstrom, Shelly McDonnell, Siobhán Mooney, Síofra Nic Liam
Eoghan C will:
Culture 2025 document is on the department website here.
Next meeting: 3 August, 9am at VAI offices (Central Hotel Chambers, 7/9 Dame Court, Dublin 2)
Statement from NCFA following publication of draft national cultural policy
21 July 2016 - The publication of the draft ten-year national framework policy for culture marks a significant moment, two years after the previous Government's decision to initiate the process.
The NCFA shares the Government’s view that the draft document represents the “beginning of a process”, and thanks the Minister for agreeing to send it as a draft to the Oireachtas for consideration on a cross-party basis in the new Joint Committee on Arts & Heritage.
Even as a high-level framework, the draft policy document seems brief, with further development needed in a number of areas. To make the policy effective, the development of an implementation plan with specific and measurable actions and targets is clearly vital and, once the draft framework policy is finalised, we welcome the Minister’s commitment to move quickly to develop that plan in partnership and consultation with all the stakeholders.
The NCFA looks forward to making a full contribution to both the finalisation of the draft framework policy and the development of the implementation plan, engaging actively with the Minister and Government, the Joint Committee and with all members of the Oireachtas.
On behalf of the Irish arts community, the NCFA is determined to help achieve a new cross-party consensus on a ten-year vision for culture at the heart of Irish life and society.
Sabrina Sheehan, Mission PR & Communications
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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. The NCFA’s pre-election manifesto included calls on the government to:
* = Assessment of the Economic Impact of the Arts in Ireland 2011, prepared by Indecon International Economic Consultants
NCFA What Next?
Minutes of meeting, 20 July 2016
In attendance: Eoghan Carrick, Tom Creed, Karina Lundstrom, Jo Mangan, Siobhan Mooney, Síofra Nic Liam
1. An example or examples of what we consider a good Cultural Policy form overseas
2. Our own feedback on the Policy Doc
3. Figures (possibly via rep bodies) on how many people a dole equivalent would be relevant for
4. Ideas for legislation - I am presuming a look at the Arts Act and/or Social Welfare legislation is best to focus on
5. Look at 3 year budgetary targets for each element of spend of the Dept (Arts Council, Film Board, Heritage Council etc)
6. Get any draft legislation in terms of the social welfare drive from Labour
The current research committee: Olwen Dawe, Emily Mark-FitzGerald, Iseult Byrne, Eugene Downs, Willie White. If anyone else would like to get involved please let Jo M know.
Many politician’s are on holidays, however we still need to stay in contact as it is s pre budget time.
1. Objectives (from last weeks minutes under 'what are we asking for?')
- A sustainable Cultural Policy – not just feeding money into special events
- Cultural Experts are needed to advise this policy
- Joined up thinking between the departments -
- Money needs to go to artists rather than just buildings
- Multi annual funding as opposed to annual funding, allows for better planning and sustainability
- Conversation needs to happen with the Arts Council about funding, more people need to be funded - money needs to be spread further
- Art and Social Protection – Status of the Artist needs to be recognised
- When an artist goes to social welfare offices they are told to get a job/work on CV /do a course etc. Artist as a profession needs recognition.
- Again we can bring this up with Leo V and Tom will follow up with Claire Barrett about this.
We want Culture to feature in all departments, not just the Arts Department
2. What Are Our Messages?
- Arts are part of everyone’s life
- Arts are not a hobby (but they can be)
- Arts are for all
- Rebranding the arts?
- Everyone engages with the arts and everyone should have the opportunity to do so
- Arts are not just about participation, arts are an industry and we need to talk about them as such
- Arts has the potential to challenge status quo
3. What Are Our Structures?
- Karina L will create a list of other arts organisations that should get involved with NCFA and come to meetings
- When Jo M and Tom C cannot attend others will chair the meetings
- The core groups mission and objectives need to be passed on to the constituencies, every constituency goes to their local politician with the research that the core group/research committee has done and reports back
- Within these local structure Tom C needs people that he can deputise to
- If the core group is not clear then the local groups become disengaged
- Communication with each group at least once a month
4. Work Streams
- How campaigns start and develop and how we know when they have succeeded
- How work is done, coordinated, delegated and reported – timelines/ work streams/ activity
- NCFA road show – touring the country meeting with people face to face
- Gather public support, Culture Night will be a big undertaking to get our message across
- Postcards: Who are they for? Who do people send them to? What is achieved?
- We need to record people’s testimonies
We need to know exactly what this project is.
Working Group/ Next Week
- Karina L to research and make a list various arts organisations. Next step is to make contact; ask them to come to the Wednesday meetings and to become engaged, also ask to become involved in the various constituency groups (email firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Jo M:
- Tom C:
Next meeting 9am on 27 July at VAI offices
What Next? Minutes of Meeting | 15 June 2016
In attendance: Robert Blake, Michelle Browne, Iseult Byrne, Eoghan Carrick, Tom Creed, Karina Lundstrom, Shelly McDonnell, Fiona Reilly
Political progress and meetings:
- 14/06 NCFA met with Brendan Howlin, Joan Burton and Kevin Humphreys
- Fianna Fail have put forward a motion on Arts to be discussed in the Dail next Tuesday evening (21/06)
- Separate cabinet committees to be set up: Arts & Gaeltacht / Rural Affairs & Regional Development
- Independents 4 Change to chair the cabinet committee for Arts & Gaeltact
- NCFA Constituency reps have been meeting with TD’s in their regions:
- NCFA met with Bricolage (Yes Equality Campaign). Willing to work with us on pro bono basis on planning our public engagement - branding and focus groups.
- What is our message?
- Update public facing website:
- Organise NCFA roadshow to constituency groups (August?)
- Workshops /training /online info on campaign Top 10 questions and example answers
- Sectoral support:
- Discussed: possible actions to engage with the public
- Videos sharing personal stories: Impact of arts on individuals, artists and audience
- Open call for videos taken by supporters and shared online
- NCFA reps at Culture Night documenting events
- College roadshow in Autumn
- Fairness – making the time and labour visible
- Everyone to email Tom and Isault re website changes
- Michelle and Shelly to start planning college roadshow
- Aim to meet all TD’s by 7 July
- 22/06/2016 at 8.30am
- VAI offices, 7-9 Central Hotel Chambers, Dame Lane, D2