The arts community is mobilising. Once again the driving force is the National Campaign for the Arts group who are getting to grips with the masses, getting to grips with those seeking our votes in the General Election. The venues have decided, the candidates are bracing themselves and all that is needed is the support and commitment of as many arts workers and professionals as possible!!
Hustings are taking place in Dublin, Galway, Cork and Limerick on Next Monday morning, February 14th. The times and venues are as follows:
Limerick, Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick City: 10.45am
Dublin, Project Arts Centre, Templebar: 10.45am
Cork, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork City: 10:45am
Galway, Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway City, 10.45am
In Dublin the arts spokespersons from all five political parties will attend a meeting to outline their respective arts policies and answer your questions. In the other city venues prospective T.D.’s from their respective constituencies will attend.
The National Campaign for the Arts website has further details on these events and also on their other projects and find out how to further support this group who are supporting arts workers and arts jobs nationwide. Visit the website here: www.ncfa.ie
If you cannot make the hustings then when canvassers come to your front door, and they will come! The NCFA lists the following questions to challenge them with:
- Does your party have a policy for the arts?
- What do you believe are important values for a healthy and flourishing society?
- What values would you bring to Government that would make a difference?
- Does your party recognize the vital and valuable contribution the arts and creative industries could make to our national economic and social recovery?
- Will your party invest in the arts?
The lead-up to February 25th polling day will be a vital period for ensuring the voice of the Arts community is heard and recognised. Be informed and be heard!