Cork County Council announces funding award for the Municipal Districts Creative Communities Scheme 2017
– Nazerath House in Dromahane receive €3,000 to create “Life is for Living” project for their 85 residents, families and wider community
Thirteen of the most creative and artistic communities in County Cork are set to receive substantial funding totalling nearly €82,000 with the announcement of awards under the Cork County Municipal Districts Creative Communities Scheme.
Announcing the awards made under the scheme Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Declan Hurley said “Cork County Council has long recognised the importance of sustaining cultural life in local communities. Cultural activity, whether it is the work of artists, writers or musicians, or the many dedicated voluntary arts groups active in every community, helps to maintain, what can be described as the cultural heartbeat of communities”. “The Creative Communities Scheme is designed to help local group and artists, to come up with imaginative projects that will involve people of all ages in the art and celebrate local cultural identity.
The Creative Communities Scheme is administered in each of the County’s eight Municipal Districts and has since its introduction in 2016 already delivered many successful new arts and cultural projects in local communities.The projects that will be funded through this current round are wide ranging and include “Life is for Living” Project at Nazerath House, Dromahane, Mallow.
Welcoming the €3,000 allocation to Nazerath House as part of the Cork County Municipal Districts Creative Communities Scheme, Local Councillor John Paul O’ Shea said “I am delighted that Nazerath House was successful in this scheme. It is a wonderful facility with great staff and Management and their proposal to create a programme of creative activity for the 85 residents of Nazerath House, their families and the wider community is indeed very welcome. I believe there will be a series of engagements between artists and the residents over an extended period which is to ensure to replicate what the project is called that “life is for living”.
Other projects approved include “The Folk Project”, an exciting new community music theatre production for Charleville scripted by local playwright Katie Holly who had a huge success with her recent show Sharon at the Midsummer Festival. The County’s emerging young filmmakers will also get a boost with funding being made available to Cork Young Filmmakers to help young people in Mitchelstown and Ballincollig take their first steps in film production.
Also speaking at the launch of the scheme County Council Arts Officer, Ian McDonagh congratulated the groups, commenting, “The proposals received this year were ambitious and imaginative and will have terrific impact on creative and community life in local Municipal Districts.”