Welcome to the February edition of our Newsletter.
We have barely passed Lá Fhéile Bríde but already I can predict that February will be a busy and exciting month for the arts, and especially for us in the Arts Council.
This week, President Higgins will visit our offices to announce the next Laureate for Irish fiction. She or he will take the torch from the brilliant, inaugural Laureate, Anne Enright, and continue the work of encouraging a new generation of writers, and also encouraging people at home and overseas to read more Irish fiction. I'll let the President reveal the name of next Laureate...I think everyone who loves literature will delighted.
On 20th February, we will open the application window for the Creative Schools pilot. This is the flagship initiative of the Government's Creative Ireland programme, and for the 150 schools lucky enough to be chosen, it will deepen the impact of the arts and creativityon the lives of children and young people. You can read more about Creative Schools in the article in this newsletter, but I would encourage any parent to bring this initiative to the attention of their children's school – and any teachers or Heads to register and apply.
Finally, thank you to everyone who came to (or watched online) our information sessions for our new Arts Grant funding programme. The window for applications has just opened. This is the first time we've run this programme, and we want to support artists and arts organisations to make the best application they can, so please do not leave it until just before the deadline of 5:30 pm on 8 March to apply.