Cork County Council has this week awarded over €150,000 under the Arts Grant Scheme 2012. The grants have been given to a variety of groups and individual artists in County Cork.
Welcoming the allocations, Cllr. John Paul O’ Shea (Ind) said “the commitment of Cork County Council to continue to allocate grants to these deserving projects is indeed a very positive move. The variety of such innovative arts that have been allocated funding represents the talent and commitment of all community groups and individual artists within the county”.
The Arts Grant Scheme supports arts activities and events at local or county level. These activities and events are developed by local artistic individuals or local service providers such as youth organisations, schools, special need services and organisations working with older people. Community and voluntary groups also play a huge role in promoting the arts in the county. Activity such as Drama, Community Arts, Visual Arts, Choirs, Pipe/Brass Bands and Festivals which are all largely driven by voluntary efforts are also strongly represented among the allocations approved today.
Among the allocations announced for North Cork are:
· Village Arts Centre, Kilworth – Annual events programme – €3,000
· Davis College, Mallow – Drama & film project – €1,000
· Arts Alliance, Mallow – Development of gospel choir – €2,000
· Laharn Community Action Group LTD – Open air cross roads dancing – €500
· Mitchelstown Musical Society – Staging of Beauty and the beast – €500
· Racing Home for Easter Festival – Performance of Macnus during festival – €1,500
· North Cork Drama Festival – Annual festival events – €700
· Kanturk & District Community Council – Annual festival events – €1,700
· Charleville Writer’s Group – Hosting three workshops – €300
· Newmarket Pipe Band – Purchase on tenor drums – €400
· Gilbert Centre, Mallow – Life paths project – €800
· Freemount Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann – Annual Willie Dunne weekend – €400
· Mallow Art Club – Professional artist workshops/demonstrations – €250
· CDYS, Mallow – Drama and film making project – €1,800
Cllr. O’ Shea added “I wish all these groups and individuals every success in their events which they have so diligently planned for. Even in these difficult economic times, it is heartening that Cork County Councilcontinues to be in a position to provide financial assistance to support the wide range of arts projects throughout Cork”.