Building Creative Communities – Dublin City Council welcomes major creativity initiative

An open meeting to explore how access, engagement and collaboration in the local arts and creative industries can be increased is being organised by Dublin City Council and the new Creative Ireland national team.
Enabling creativity in every community is a core pillar of the Creative Ireland Programme, launched by the Government last December. At the meeting, at 6pm on Wednesday 15th March at the Wood Quay Venue, the Council and the Creative Ireland Team will share details about the Creative Ireland Programme, which aims to build on the success of the 1916 commemorations and place culture and creative communities at the centre of public policy.
In 2016, Dublin City Council demonstrated its unique capacity to activate and support community engagement and participation in marking the Centenary year through a wide range of arts, culture and heritage initiatives.  
Building on that success, Creative Ireland will advise on the development of a dedicated Culture and Creativity plan for Dublin City, based on the premise that participation in cultural activity drives personal and collective creativity, with significant implications for individual and societal wellbeing.
Each local authority in the country, including Dublin City Council, has established a Creative Ireland Team, bringing together arts officers, heritage officers, librarians, and other staff, to lead on each county’s Creative Ireland Programme. The Dublin City meeting is but one of a series of public meetings which will be held around the country over the next four weeks to share ideas, develop collaborations and explore opportunities for increased investment in local arts, culture and creative industries.
Additional funding to support the initiative will be made available through the Creative Ireland Programme in 2017 with the potential for further investment over the next four years.
2017 will see a special focus on children and young people with the specific objective of fast-tracking the Charter for Arts in Education, which will significantly increase access and participation for children in high quality arts and culture experiences.
In addition, all the agencies of Government, including national cultural institutions, state agencies, Government Departments, organisations, individuals and communities will be activated to embed creativity across all aspects of their work – and use that creative potential to foster collective wellbeing and social cohesion.
Speaking in advance of the meeting on 15th March, Mr. Owen Keegan, Chief Executive, Dublin City Council said: “Culture is at the heart of Dublin’s identity and quality of life, and it is a priority for Dublin City Council that the City is, and will be, a space to make, experience and share culture. We welcome this increased investment in community engagement in culture and creativity, which will support and promote opportunities for everyone to participate in the City’s cultural life.”
The meeting on 15th March is open to anyone interested in sharing their ideas for engagement and participation in culture and creativity in Dublin. Registration is via
Full details of the Creative Ireland Programme are available at



Notes to Editors:
Creative Ireland is the Government’s legacy programme for Ireland 2016.  It is a five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy. It is built around five strategic pillars:
Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child; Enabling Creativity in 
Every Community; Investing in our Creative and Cultural Infrastructure; In the larger context of the Creative Industries, making Ireland a Centre of Excellence in Media Production; Unifying our Global Reputation.
Full details of the Creative Ireland Programme are available at or on Facebook (CreativeIreland) and Twitter (@creativirl).
Brendan Teeling, Deputy City Librarian and Co-ordinator of the DCC Creative Ireland Team is available for interview – contact Dublin City Council Media Relations.