In this October edition we have news about the November closing date for the three main Arts Council funding programmes - Regularly Funded Organisations, Annual Programming Grants and Annual Funding. The application window has now opened.
There is a link to our new archive stories website, an initiative launched on 13 October last by Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to mark the 60th anniversary of the Arts Council. The Council, from its large archive of documentation, has selected a small proportion of its records and the website commences with a first phase of 14 stories from the 1950s. The stories are primarily told by presenting digital copies of documents from the Council’s archive including letters, minutes and photographs.
We were also very pleased to welcome Minister Deenihan to the Arts Council on the 18 October where he welcomed new members of the Arts Council and addressed our monthly plenary session.
There is information about our audio publishing initiative with RTÉ which has resulted in the release of a number of CDs as part of the Composers of Ireland series including orchestral works by Aosdána member, John Kinsella. We have an update on recent developments in child protection and on a new Arts Council choral training bursaries scheme which will be managed by the Association of Irish Choirs. There is information about Arts Audiences' 2011 report on arts attendance in Ireland drawn from the Target Group Index. The report aims to provide an overview of arts attendance, broken down by major demographics, as well as media behaviour and usage among arts attenders generally.
The Arts Council was very sad to hear of the passing of Muiris Ó Rócháin and we extend our deepest sympathy to his family.
Some of the items in our news from the arts community section include details about the National Dance Archive of Ireland at the University of Limerick which will be formally opened in November; the new arts and health website developed by Waterford Healing Arts Trust and Create; a link to Arts & Disability Ireland's inaugural strategy and policy document and some information on seminars to be held in Dublin, Kilkenny and London during November. In news from the Cultural Contact Point based in the Arts Council, we have information about a Focus on EU Culture funding seminar and there is some detail about European Festivals Strand 1.3.6 funding, with a deadline of 16 November. The maximum available grant is €100,000.
Finally I am pleased to say that at the 2011 Irish Internet Association Net Visionary Awards ceremony on 30 September the Arts Council won the award in the eGovernment category for its Online Services. Delivering an effective and efficient service to the public is a key part of our work here in the Arts Council.
Orlaith McBride, Director