Arts and Civil Society Symposium Cork 20 and 21 October
Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts, part-funded by the Cultural Contact Point Ireland (CCP) social and community contexts and Voluntary Arts Ireland is hosting a symposium to discuss the current and future relationship of arts and civil society.
The symposium is an opportunity to participate in a discussion with a national and an international group of artists, community activists and civil society leaders.
The event is aimed at artists, arts officers, arts organisations, voluntary and civil society organisations and policy makers with an interest in arts, culture and social change.
Please visit Create's website for more details and also to register: http://bit.ly/pguPEb
Per Cent for Public Art: A public forum, Wexford, 14 October
Part funded by the CCP Ireland, articulate is hosting a one-day forum to discuss and examine the future of public art in Ireland through the Per Cent for Art Scheme.
The keynote speaker, Sara Reisman, Director, Percent for Art, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, will be joined by a panel of speakers including artist Michael Fortune; UK public art consultant Maggie Bolt; independent adviser Jenny Haughton; and Co Mayo Percent for Art public art programme and County Art Collection Manager Gaynor Seville.
This event is open to artists, arts officers, public art managers, art students, arts organisations, planners, architects, and those with an interest in per cent for art practice, planning, research and policy.
Please see the event website for more details and also to register: http://bit.ly/qAhWnR
European Commission proposes to make 2013 the Year of Active Citizenship
By designating 2013 as the European Year of Citizens, the European Commission is delivering on the promise made in the EU Citizenship Report and answering the European Parliament's call for such a year.
The purpose of the European Year of Citizens is to facilitate Union citizens' exercising their right to move and reside freely within the EU by ensuring they can easily access information about their rights.
More specifically, the aim of the Year is to:
- raise citizens' awareness of their right to reside freely within the European Union;
- raise citizens' awareness of how they can benefit from EU rights and policies and to stimulate their active participation in Union policy-making;
- stimulate debate about the impact and potential of the right to free movement, in particular in terms of strengthening cohesion and people's mutual understanding of one another.
The proposed budget for the activities to take place during the 2013 European Year of Citizens is EURO 1 million. This decision will need to be approved by the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers according to the "ordinary legislative procedure" (co-decision).
The Commission expects to work in close cooperation with the other EU institutions, notably the European Parliament, and with the Member States to make sure the Year has a strong and lasting impact.