National Campaign for the Arts Valentine's Day Husting




The NCFA are having invited candidates in the upcoming election to public meetings that will be held on Valentine's day. I intend to go. It is one thing to read a candidate's very prepared arts policy but it is entirely more useful to actually hear them speak on the matter. Also, it is important to be seen by the country's potential leaders as a large mobilized arts community. Who are active, organized and politically engaged.

Visual Artists Ireland recently contacted the major parties to outline the arts policy. Fianna Fáil failed to respond. Which indicated that they have given up or that they really don't care bout the arts. Labour, The Greens and Fine Gael all essentially said the same thing. There are a large number of Independents and smaller party candidates this year that were not contacted. I would liked to hear their intentions,  last time I checked Ted Tynan (Worker's Party) and Mick Barry (Socialist Part) were yet to be confirmed for Cork. Hopefully they will attend as both are in my constituency.

It is important to be seen by the country's potential leaders as a large mobilized arts community. Who are active, organized and politically engaged. Unfortunately, artists are (comparatively) very poorly paid. Fortunately, they are a highly educated, problem solving group with great initiative and that is why we have effective organisations such as National Campaign for Arts and Cork Arts Workers.

The timetable for Monday 14 February is;

Cork: 10.45am – 12.00 Crawford Art Gallery
Dublin: 10.45am - 12.15  Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar
Galway: 11.00am Radisson Blu Hotel
Limerick: 10.45am Belltable Arts Centre.

If there is no event for your constituency you can contact your  local candidates to register your interests. A few months ago there were postcards form the NCFA at arts venues for posting to your local representatives they are probably still hanging around. You can also mention it if you meet them on their door to doors (provided you don't live in an apartment without a buzzer like me).

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