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The Roscommon Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018 - 2022 is a high-level, highly-ambitious initiative to mainstream creativity in the life of the people of Roscommon so that individually and collectively, in our personal lives and in our institutions, we can realise our full creative potential. The Creative Ireland Programme is a culture-based programme designed to promote individual, community and national wellbeing.

The core proposition is that participation in cultural activity drives personal and collective creativity, with significant implications for individual and societal wellbeing and achievement. Roscommon has prioritised the themes of identity, culture, collaboration and citizenship across the county, interconnecting these with the five pillars of Creative Ireland.

Roscommon County Council’s Culture Team is representative of the key local authority services which includes the arts, libraries, heritage and community which is in keeping with the co-operative approach taken by Creative Ireland nationally. We believe that culture is not static, that it is always changing and evolving. We believe in access by all to all of our programmes, we believe strongly in collaboration and in the ongoing need to share resources, to share ideas and to create opportunities for and with everyone to play a part in creatively shaping our county. We truly believe that creativity in all forms is treasured in Roscommon.

Artists, writers and creators have always expressed our collective identities in story, song, dance, ritual, celebration and commemoration. In embracing Creative Ireland, Roscommon County Council recognises the relationship between creativity, participation and resources. This initiative provides an opportunity to encourage a multiplicity of voices and forms of expression, from which new ideas can emerge and old stories can be retold.

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Coming Home by Brian O’Doherty

What better way to celebrate a home-grown Roscommon artist than with an exhibition of his works to launch the new visual art space at Roscommon Arts Centre. “Coming Home” by Brian O’Doherty is his first ever exhibition in his native county.

Culture and Creativity Team

Majella Hunt

Director of Services, Community & Enterprise, and the Libraries

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Sandra Turner

County Librarian

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Louise Ward

Head of Local Enterprise Office

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Nollaig Feeney

Heritage Officer

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Eimear Dowd

Tourism Officer

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Averyl Dooher

Arts Centre Manager

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Mary Butler

Executive Librarian

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Rhona McGrath

Arts Officer

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Our Strategy

In 2017 a Culture Team was established in Roscommon County Council comprising of staff from the Arts, Heritage, Library, Local Enterprise Office and Community and Enterprise departments. The Culture Team together with the Creative Ireland Project Office hosted an open meeting which provided an opportunity to explore how best to increase access to and engagement with the arts, heritage and creative industries in the county. The input from these discussions informed the preparation of Roscommon County Council’s Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022. ...

This Strategy is an overarching plan for the county and relates to and links with the Arts and Heritage Plans and the Library service. The strategy focuses on supporting creatives of all disciplines, enhancing creativity in all children and young people of the county, enriching public engagement with culture in all its forms and continued strategic and sustainable investment in cultural infrastructure.

The Creative Ireland vision for Roscommon is that every person will have an opportunity to experience, enjoy and engage with the limitless nature of County Roscommon’s rich creative vein.

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