Cork County Council announces funding award for the Municipal Districts Creative Communities Scheme 2017

Representative of arts group pictured at the Municipal Districts Creative Communities Awards Launch at County Hall. Pic: Clare Keogh

Thirteen of the most creative and artistic communities in County Cork are set to receive
substantial funding totalling nearly €82,000 with the announcement of awards under the
Cork County Municipal Districts Creative Communities Scheme.

Announcing the awards made under the scheme County Mayor, Cllr. Declan Hurley said,
“Cork County Council has long recognised the importance of sustaining cultural life in
local communities. Cultural activity, whether it is the work of artists, writers or musicians,
or the many dedicated voluntary arts groups active in every community, helps to maintain,
what can be described as the cultural heartbeat of communities”.

The Creative Communities Scheme is designed to help local group and artists, to come up with imaginative projects that will involve people of all ages in the art and celebrate local
cultural identity.

Justine Foster, West Cork Arts Centre and Sinead Donnelly Arts Office, Cork County Council with the Mayor Of Cork County,
Cllr Declan Hurley at the Municipal Districts Creative Communities Awards Launch at County Hall.
Pic: Clare Keogh

The Creative Communities Scheme is administered in each of the County’s eight Municipal
Districts and has since its introcuation in 2016 already delivered many successful new arts
and cultural projects in local communities.

The projects that will be funded through this current round are wide ranging and include,
The Folk Project, an exciting new community music theatre production for Charleville
scripted by local playwright Katie Holly who had a huge success with her recent show
Sharon at the Midsummer Festival.

Creative Killeagh is a project proposed by the county’s newest arts venue, Greywood Arts
that will have visiting international artists working in various community settings in and
around the beautiful East Cork village of Killeagh.

Further West, the members of the community arts group Treasures of Dunmanway will
receive funding to work with young people on a devised play about one of Dunmanway’s
most famous figures, Sam Maguire. West Cork Arts Centre will continues its work with
older people in the Skibbereen area looking at the story of the 110 girls sent from
Skibbereen to Australia to make a new life in the aftermath of the famine.

Jimeve O’Neill and Louise Hackett representing the Women of Bandon Past and Present Project, Bandon at the Municipal Districts Creative Communities Awards Launch at County Hall.
Pic: Clare Keogh

The County’s emerging young filmmakers will also get a boost with funding being made
available to Cork Young Filmmakers to help young people in Mitchelstown and
Ballincollig take their first steps in film production.

Also speaking at the launch of the scheme County Council Arts Officer, Ian McDonagh
congratulated the groups. He said that the proposal received this year were ambitious and
imaginative will have terrific impact on creative and community life in local Municipal
Districts.

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