Arts Council Investing Over €800,000 in local arts this year

People in Waterford will experience the arts in ‘new and exciting ways’ this year, the Arts Council declared last week.
Outlining its plan to invest €68.4 million nationwide over the course of the year, the agency said the focus of this year’s investment would be on creating opportunities for the public to experience large-scale work, as well as work of real artistic ambition, by supporting organisations through its two new funding programmes.
The Council said more than half of its total grant from Government would be invested through its new Strategic Funding programme, for established organisations operating at the highest level across all the areas of the arts. This includes funding for the first time at this level for several organisations.
In addition, there will be increased funding for particular work by artists, emerging companies and organisations through the new Arts Grants Funding programme
Individual artists will be supported through a range of schemes such as bursaries and the Next Generation award, with funding also provided for a range of festivals which will be held over the course of the year

Arts Council Director, Orlaith McBride.

Arts Council Director, Orlaith McBride.

The grants offered to organisations in Waterford city were:

• €274,290 for Waterford Spraoi
• €187,200 for Garter Lane Arts Centre
• €102,500 for Waterford Healing Arts Trust
• €88,000 for Waterford Theatre Royal Society
• €86,700 for Waterford City & County Council Arts Service
• €68,888 for Waterford Youth Arts

“2018 is going to be an excellent year for people in Waterford who enjoy the arts,” according to Arts Council Director, Orlaith McBride.
“If you enjoy festivals and events, whether you are young or old, you will experience great work that will lift your spirit.”

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