Cork County Council has this week announced arts funding to over 147 arts organisations and individual artists in County. Arts Grants totalling €155,000 were approved by Cork County Council at its meeting on February 13th.
This year’s County Council Arts Grants allocations will support the work of many of the county’s voluntary arts groups including Pipe and Brass Bands, Choirs, Traditional Music and Creative Writing groups.
Allocations to thirty seven arts festivals will account for the largest share of arts funding provided by the Council in 2017. Members noted that the economic impact of the thirty Arts Festivals supported by Cork County Council in 2016 was worth €1.5m to the local economy and that attendance at funded festivals was over 125,000.
Welcoming the Arts Grant report the County Mayor, Cllr. Seamus McGrath commented “it was important that the council should continue to support arts activity at community level, particularly in view of the fact that so much activity is generated by the work of voluntary arts organsations. Voluntary effort, he said, plays a huge role in the county’s arts scene, providing opportunities for young people to gain confidence through performance in music and drama and for older members of society to engage in beneficial social activity through the arts.”
Cllr. McGrath, acknowledging the approval by his council colleagues of the grant allocations added “I wish all these groups and individuals every success in the events and activities which they have planned. Council funding will go some way to ensuring that our communities continue to have access to and the possibility of participating in a wide range of art forms.”