Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin TD has welcomed the government's support for her proposal to extend the Creative Ireland Programme to 2027.
Along with established programmes of work in creative communities and creative youth, new priorities will be pursued in the creative industries, creative health and wellbeing, and climate action and social sustainability. The programme will also develop a major shared island dimension with support from the Department of the Taoiseach. This extension was approved by the government last week.
In 2017 the Creative Ireland Programme launched as an all-of-government culture and wellbeing initiative committed to the vision that every person in Ireland should have the opportunity to realise their full creative potential.
Since then, thousands of opportunities have been created to unlock an ecosystem of creativity. This was achieved by building strong partnerships between central and local government, artists and the wider creative community and most of all the communities in which the projects were delivered.
Statement By Minister Martin
Minister Martin said, "My department will continue its work with partners across central and local government, through the Creative Ireland Programme, to deploy the power of creativity in support of wellbeing in every community. While I was keen for Creative Ireland to retain its priorities around young people, local communities and opportunities for the most disadvantaged, I am delighted government has agreed to place a greater focus on health and wellbeing, our creative industries, climate action, and social sustainability. I am particularly keen that, through this programme, we enhance the opportunities for the most disadvantaged to engage with creativity."