Four-year Wick­low art plan launched

Bray People - - Special Report -

THE FOUR year Wick­low County Arts Strat­egy was launched last week and clearly sets out key pri­or­i­ties and ar­eas of fo­cus over the next few years.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the Arts Coun­cil, Wick­low lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, coun­cil­lors, TDs and many mem­bers of the artis­tic com­mu­nity gath­ered at the Wick­low County Cam­pus in Rath­new for the of­fi­cial launch of the arts strat­egy 2008 - 2012.

It will form a ma­jor part of the frame­work for lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in Wick­low and how they sup­port the arts. It also recog­nises the rel­e­vance and value of arts in the so­cial, cul­tural and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of Wick­low.

Speak­ing at the launch , Wick­low Cathaoir­leach Derek Mitchell said ‘to­day in the county, we are at a stage of de­vel­op­ment in the arts and a level of pro­fes­sional, am­a­teur, com­mer­cial and ed­u­ca­tional arts ac­tiv­ity and prac­tice that we couldn’t have fore­seen when the Arts Of­fice was es­tab­lished in 1997.’

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