Tomorrow will mark a nationwide and focused day of action and reflection for the country’s artists of all descriptions as they will meet with local and national representatives to raise awareness for the arts in Ireland.
For any sector or industry in Ireland, it is unprecedented for a singular group and a minority group to lobby so forcefully and so successfully for national recognition from politicians. The day of action is vital as it represents solidarity across the arts sector and places the arts community firmly at the forefront of proactive national recovery. The value to the Irish economy from the arts sector and the associated tourism and national recognition this provides is worth tens of millions every year.
‘Brand Ireland’ is a term that has been espoused a lot of late in terms of Ireland’s international identity. Creating and maintaining this brand of Ireland as a vibrant, multicultural and artistic nation is a program that will be met by the arts sectors of Ireland and will contribute to making Ireland and all of its regions and cities a hub of cultural activity.
The editorial comment in today’s Irish Times forces the fact the funding and also believing in the arts in Ireland is simply a good investment. The National Campaign for the Arts and tomorrow’s Day of Action will present a vision for the future and create and push that belief in the arts sector that every working member of the arts community has in spades.