The next NCFA meeting to discuss ways in which to move the campaign forward will take place on Wednesday 22nd of June at 8.30am to 10am. The meeting is open to cultural practitioners from all disciplines and supporters of the arts.
7-9 Central Hotel Chambers,
Discussed at meeting on 15 June:
- How the campaign can galvanise the support of the public to communicate the value of our culture to government and connect across cultural disciplines.
- Open discussion about plans for the coming weeks and months.
- NCFA Constituency reps have been meeting with TD’s in their regions and it is having an impact.
- On Tuesday 14 June, NCFA met with Brendan Howlin, Joan Burton and Kevin Humphreys. Following this, Mr. Howlin has since secured the agreement of the Taoiseach that the draft cultural strategy (Culture 2025) will be referred to the Oireachtas Committee for debate and amendment prior to finalisation.
- Fianna Fail have put forward a motion on Arts to be discussed in the Dail next Tuesday evening (21/06)
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:
- Commit to increasing annual investment in Arts and Culture to 0.3% of GDP, taking us half way to the European average
- Publish the cultural policy document Culture 2025 in draft form for interrogation by the Oireachtas Arts Committee.
- Maintain on an annual basis, the €50 million allocated to the Department of Arts for 2016 commemorations, and ring-fence it for The Arts Council and The Irish Film Board.
- Implement tax efficiencies/strategies to stimulate corporate and philanthropic giving
- Create a new Arts fund from National Lottery funds.
- Appoint an expert panel of Artists/Cultural Managers to function as Policy and Strategy Advisors to the Minister and the Department.