The Arts Council welcomes additional €20 million support package for 2020. This addition will bring the annual budget to €100 million. The €20million forms the larger part of a €25 million package announced on June 16th by Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD and is in recognition of the significant challenges facing the art sector as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.
Message from Arts Council Director, Maureen Kennelly, 16 June 2020:
Today’s news marks a significant moment for the Arts Council. This announcement will allow us to protect and sustain this brilliant community and to prepare for recovery.
Over the last few months I’ve been overwhelmed by the dignity, dynamism and care that you have shown in your work. Your commitment to artists and to the public is palpable in all that you do.
I am very proud to work alongside talented and committed colleagues in the Council and executive and to live in a society that truly understands the value of the arts. Like ourselves, James Joyce believed passionately in the democratisation of the arts, so it is especially fitting to celebrate this landmark news today.
Please bear with us and support us as we continue with our work.
Read the full statement here: http://www.artscouncil.ie/blog/directors-blog-arts-council-welcomes-additional-support-package-16-june-2020/