THE ARTS AND THE ELECTIONS
The election has been called and a new government is imminent. That means new policies and new priorities – with no guarantees for funding and continued investment in the arts.
Once again, we must make a case for the arts. We must:
Once again, we need your help. You can help in five simple ways:
1. ATTEND THE HUSTINGS
In Dublin the arts spokespersons from all 5 political parties will attend a meeting to outline their respective arts policies and answer your questions. There will be a similar format in Galway with candidates from Galway East and West constituencies invited to present their local arts policy and answer your questions.
Come along and make the arts an election issue. It’s important we show politicians the arts matter!
Dublin: 10.45am – 12.15 Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar
Galway: 11.00am Radisson Blu Hotel
If you would like any further information about our activities this year please contact Tania Banotti. The website will be updated with all relevant information about the campaign by next week.
A brief note on arts policy and the 2011 General Election.
I note that Fine Gael has released a policy document in relation to arts, this is press-released from the National campaign for Arts website, which I am linking here, beneath this brief excerpt. This link is to the National Campaign for Arts index page . I will add in other political party policy papers if they become available during the election campaign.
Fine Gael Arts Policy 2010.
• The arts and culture “will have a seat at the cabinet table” in any future FG government.
• Commitment to a flagship Literature Centre in a landmark building in Dublin, given the UNESCO City of literature designation and possibly a new arts and film channel.
• A much greater commitment to the arts in the school curricula & the cultural rights of children as well as core funding for organisations providing arts programming for children
• As part of 2016 commemoration, a range of new commissions beginning immediately.
• National Endowment Fund for the Arts to be set up.
• Arts Council vacancies in future will be in future advertised.
One hopes that ‘ the seat at the cabinet table ‘will comprise a full portfolio…