Waterford City & County Council's Arts resource site
Updated January 27, 2017
Arts Plan process
Updated April 20th 2016
Waterford Council Arts Strategy 2016-2021
The amalgamation of Waterford City and County Councils (2014) into a new single authority has required the administrative and functional amalgamation of the Arts Departments within this structure. This has created the opportunity for the development of a new Arts Strategy for Waterford 2016-2021.
Consultation was held with key stakeholders and the public to ensure that the development of the strategy will take cognisance of:
Two public meetings have already been held, one in Dungarvan (26.01.16) and the other in Waterford City (03.02.16). The aim of the public meetings was to offer artists, arts organizations, members of the public and anyone interested in the development of the arts the opportunity to contribute ideas and suggestions as to how they currently perceive arts provision in the county and to highlight any gaps that they feel need to be addressed in the formulation of a new arts strategy. Following on from these meeting, the Arts Office is now inviting anyone unable to attend the meetings the opportunity to contribute to the process by written submission. You will find attached a Position Paper and a number of Questions that were put to the audience participating in the public meetings. Now is your chance to have your say so please feel free to write a response to these questions and send them to Sally O’Leary at email@example.com
The development of the Arts Strategy is proceeding concurrently with other major development strategies for Waterford, both on a local and regional level and will therefore will be reflective of key objectives of these strategies, these include: Library Development Plan, Waterford Heritage Plan, Community Development Plan.
The function of an Arts Strategy is to clearly define the Council’s vision for arts provision and development over the next five years. This will be achieved by prioritizing Goals and establishing Actions that will fulfill stated Objectives.
Taking cognisance of the Waterford County Local Authority Arts Plan 2012-2017 and Waterford City Council Arts Plan 20111-2016, the following priorities have been identified as being able to encompass all existing and potentially new areas of arts provision under the headings:
Updated February 12th, 2016
The newly amalgamated Waterford City & County Council (WC&CC) is committed to making a positive difference to the lifestyles of its citizens through aiding the quality and appreciation of Arts in the County. It intends to nurture creativity and work closely with dedicated individuals and arts professionals so that they can, in turn, produce great art for the benefit of all.
WC&CC has appointed Aspry Arts to work with the Council on developing the new strategy. Provisional dates have been booked for public meetings in February. Follow the link for further information
Updated January 4th 2016