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Creative Communities

What are they? 

Thirty-one individually tailored Culture and Creativity Strategies have been developed by Culture Teams across Ireland in order to identify, activate and support the creative life of your community from 2018-2022.

Taking culture and creativity in their widest senses, these strategies, based on Culture and Creativity Plans published in the first year of the Creative Ireland Programme (2017), focus on collaborative efforts between people and organisations within communities, demonstrating the evolving nature of the Creative Ireland Programme and its priorities. 

In 2017, over 250 projects, initiatives and events were held across the country thanks to the dedication and hard work of Culture Teams – comprising local arts and heritage officers, librarians, enterprise officers, archivists and other relevant members of your community – in each area.  

Today, the benefits of this level of creative participation are being felt across Ireland, and, in year two of the Creative Ireland Programme, are being built upon within the framework of the Culture and Creativity Strategies 2018-2022

By identifying specific areas of focus, your local authority is highlighting the potential for long-term impact to the well-being of communities with reference to our children, our cultural infrastructure, our creative industries and our global reputation. These strategies represent a bold new approach to planning that maximises the cultural and creative reach, effectiveness and benefit of your own local authority.