Today Monday 12 March, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Ms Josepha Madigan, TD launched Wexford County Council’s Arts Plan – ‘Advancing the Arts’ 2018 – 2022. The launch took place at the Council’s headquarters at Carricklawn, Wexford.
The ambitious and visionary five year Arts Plan came about following an extensive consultation process throughout County Wexford in 2017. Spearheaded by the Council’s Arts Officer Liz Burns and supported by independent arts consultant Mary McAuliffe, this consultation process involved meetings with artists, arts organisations, community groups and Elected Members throughout Wexford County as well as senior Council staff, programme partners and other key stakeholders.
’Advancing the Arts’ ensures the centrality of the arts in the work of the Council by aligning itself to the key goals of Wexford’s Local Economic and Community Plan ( LECP) 2016 – 2021, where the Arts contributes to the key areas of education, well-being, urban and rural regeneration as well as cultural tourism and economic development.
The Plan also recognises the intrinsic value of art and the distinct role of artists in Wexford and their unique contribution to our quality of life. 'Advancing the Arts' will complement the Council's forthcoming Culture and Creativity Strategy being developed in partnership with the Creative Ireland Programme and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
This is Wexford County Council’s fifth Arts Plan since the Council first established an Arts Office more than 24 years ago – an initiative that has resulted in the Arts being firmly embedded in the work of Wexford County Council.
“Wexford County Council has earned itself an enviable reputation for being innovative and forward thinking in its proactive approach to local arts development” said Wexford County Council Chief Executive, Tom Enright. “Since the establishment of the Arts Department in 1994, the Council has firmly committed to developing a strong arts programme and cultural infrastructure capable of meeting the artistic needs of local people and visitors alike”.
Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council John Hegarty also welcomed the Plan, saying:
“We look forward to enhancing our work though this Arts Plan over the coming years and working with our key partners, the Arts Council, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Creative Ireland Programme and the HSE, as well and building exciting new partnerships with Music Generation, Wexford Waterford Education and Training Board and other key stakeholders”
Speaking this morning at the launch, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms Josepha Madigan, TD said:
"I welcome the launch of this exciting plan which I am confident will reinforce the importance of the Arts in Wexford. It illustrates how culture and creativity plays a major role in the lives of people and in communities across this county and sets out how Wexford County Council will lead, develop and work with various partners, including my Department and the Creative Ireland Programme to support the Arts over the next five years."
For further information or to get a copy of this Arts Plan please contact Susan Murphy at the Arts Office, Wexford County Council : Tel 053 9196000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Advancing the Arts’ 2018 – 2022 will shortly also be available for download at www.wexfordcoco.ie