We started it but you did it. You flash mobbed, organised local meetings, signed the petition, made films, and most importantly you wrote and met your politicians. You have helped the arts in Ireland. Thank you.
We achieved a lot in short time. The worst of the proposals in the McCarthy Report have been avoided today.
Here’s the initial news about the Budget and the arts:
However, because the Arts Council’s budget was cut in the supplementary budget in March, but they opted not to pass on this cut mid year, we understand they spent approximately €2.4 million of the 2010 grant in 2009. This means they will have approximately €6.5 million less to spend in 2010. This will have a significant impact on artists and arts organisations.
You can read our press statement with reaction from members of the campaign here.
|Arts & Culture Agencies||2009||2010||% +/-|
|IMMA/ NCH/ Chester Beatty & Crawford||15.6||14.9||-4.49%|
|Cultural Projects (regional museums e.g. Hunt/ Foynes/ Science Gallery/ James Joyce & Print Museum)||5.32||4.4||-17.29%|
|Department Breakdown||2009||2010||% +/-|
The National Campaign plans to continue the fight in 2010. Our taska are:
Thank you for all your support. We’ll be in touch.