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Inclusion must be at the core of State’s arts policy – Quinlivan

22 June, 2016 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Limerick Sinn Féin Maurice Quinlivan TD has called for the state’s arts policy to put the issue of inclusion at its core. Speaking this afternoon during a debate in the Dáil, Deputy Quinlivan said:

“In a society that values expression and creativity, the arts have the potential to enrich lives.

“Irish artists enhance our international reputation through film, literature, music, and theatre and this in turn drives tourism from abroad.

“The arts and cultural institutions have a humanising effect on society and can tap into creativity in communities that have often been forgotten by those in power.

“In my own city of Limerick, we found the arts was one of the best ways of assisting new immigrants to integrate.  

“A progressive state arts policy must have inclusivity at its core. This requires us to actively value the everyday culture of ordinary people and to support a broad range of projects.  

“In 2014, Limerick City of Culture opened up the arts to diverse groups.  

“Venues worked with people from across the city and the Limetree theatre hosted a performance from the residents of Moyross.

“The creative sector is important for the economy but its value must be about more than profit and we should we deprive localities of a vibrant arts scene by concentrating support for the arts in Dublin.   

“The heritage and culture of Ireland belongs to everyone and it is the state’s responsibility to ensure we have an independent, vibrant and inclusive arts sector.” 

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