A for Arts Masked Flash Mob Event – Arts workers and supporters take to the streets to petition against potential funding cuts.
As part of the national campaign for the arts to maintain funding to the arts nationally, and to bring attention to the need to sustain funding support of local arts, the A for Arts Masked Flash Mob Event will take place in Wexford Town 12pm Saturday 21st Nov. A pre A for Arts Masked Flash Mob meeting will be held at Bui Bolg premises Whitemill Industrial Estate Wexford 7.30pm Weds 18th November to discuss details for this artistic event petitioning against potential drastic cuts to funding of the arts in upcoming national budgets. All Art workers, practitioners and art lovers of all ages are urged to participate and all support is needed.
The national campaign for the arts has been gathering momentum over the last month with various petitioning events occuring across the country to bring attention to the plight of the arts and the disastrous effect on the economy if funding for arts workers and organisations are drastically cut in upcoming budgets.
The national campaign for the arts calls for 10,000 signatures by Friday 27 November in support of the campaign to be presented to Minister Martin Cullen prior to December 9th Budget Day. Please visit https://www.ncfa.ie/ to sign the petition. Information on the campaign will also be available at the time of the event.
Also as part of the national campaign, Members of County Wexford Arts Workers Forum recently sent letters to local county and town councillors bringing attention to the significant contribution that arts workers and arts organisations and festivals make with regards to attracting tourism and investment in local business as well as contributing to the social and cultural infrastructure of the town and heightening the quality of life factor which is essential for attracting future business investment into Wexford town and county. They requested that they be considered for inclusion in the economic recovery plan for Wexford. It was very encouraging to see the inclusion of culture being noted as a prime part of Wexford’s infrastructure for promotion of future investment in the recent Economic Forum hosted by Wexford County Council in association with Wexford Chamber and we hope that this will be reflected in funding support for the arts which plays a major role in promoting culture. They also included quotes of support from leading high profile Wexford artists with national and international recognition which included: Eoin Colfer, Alanna O’Kelly, Larry Kirwan, Billy Roche and Pierce Turner.