Creative Ireland aims to build on this success by leading on the development of a dedicated Culture and Creativity plan for Westmeath County based on the premise that participation in cultural activity drives personal and collective creativity, with significant implications for individual and societal wellbeing.
2017 will see a special focus on children and young people with the specific objective of fast-tracking the Charter for Arts in Education, which will significantly increase access and participation for children in high quality arts and culture experiences.
The Creative Ireland Programme is an invitation to the entire county to get involved in something truly inspirational. At its heart is collaboration – between central and local government, between culture and industry, between artists and policy makers – to facilitate an ecosystem of creativity.
This all-of-government initiative calls on all of us to play a part in placing our rich cultural heritage, and its potential, at the centre of our lives.
For more see www.creative.ireland.ie
Westmeath County Council, in association with Creative Ireland, has recently announced a grant scheme to develop a programme of events as part of the Creative Ireland Programme 2017 – 2022.
Westmeath County Council recognises the best way to nurture the creative imagination is through active engagement with arts and culture. Promoting creativity provides us with a strategy for individual wellbeing, social cohesion and economic success.
Westmeath County Council launched a grant scheme to provide support to local and community, artistic and creative activities and projects that will encourage cultural participation throughout Westmeath. This fund is open to not-for-profit organizations, local community groups, arts, heritage and cultural groups, venues and societies.
The nominal amount of funding to any one project will typically be between €500 and €2,500 and applications received will be assessed based on an agreed selection criteria.
Application forms are available to download here: Creative Westmeath Funding Application
By contacting: Creative Westmeath Grant Scheme 2017, Westmeath County Council Arts Office, Áras An Chontae, Mount Street, Mullingar, N91 FH4N. Tel 044-9332260
Applications for grants should be received by Westmeath County Council prior to 28th April 2017.
Cruinniú na Cásca, a Creative Ireland initiative presented by RTÉ is a free public event which will take place in towns and cities across Ireland, on Easter Monday.
Athlone Castle will host a family day on Easter Monday to celebrate Cruinniú na Cásca. Admission to Athlone Castle Visitor Centre will be free of cost, and a fact-finding treasure hunt will be available for children to complete with a special prize for all entries.
The Easter Bunny will make an appearance, ready to pose for selfies, while Alice in Wonderland will be poised to paint faces in the Medieval Tent. Scheduled guided tours of the castle walls and battlements will be hosted on the day and the giant chess set will be waiting for its champion.
For more see - www.cruinniu.rte.ie