It’s hard to imagine a more important moment in the history of the Irish performing arts than when the National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies was founded.
The centre’s founding was a turning point in the evolution of Irish performance art, and its mission was to celebrate the diversity of our community.
It became a focal point for arts funding, and in the years that followed, the centre’s role in shaping the cultural fabric of our communities has never been greater.
But that was before the collapse of the arts.
In the last two decades, the National Council of the Arts has lost nearly half its funding, with the majority of it coming from the arts sector itself.
It’s been a time of turmoil, and the collapse has not gone unnoticed.
As the cultural impact of the collapse in funding has been felt, so too has the anxiety that it will be felt again.
And, increasingly, that anxiety is growing.
While the arts are important to our communities, there is a fear that the arts, and specifically those in the arts community, may be under-funded and that their funding will be cut again in the future.
The arts are not a monolith in Ireland.
Many of our arts organisations are independent, run by dedicated individuals who have to do so on their own time.
And although the arts can be extremely powerful, it’s a community endeavour that needs to be supported.
We are witnessing a loss of confidence in the Arts in the wider community.
There is a growing sense that the Arts, and particularly those in our arts sector, have not been properly supported in recent years.
This lack of support comes with the responsibility that the National Arts Council has placed on them.
Its funding, funding that was supposed to be spent on arts education and supporting the arts in schools, is now being spent on a political agenda.
It’s been suggested that the Centre for Arts in Ireland’s annual report to the Government, published in 2015, was deliberately framed to “undermine the arts and undermine the arts funding system”.
This is an insult to the Irish people and the Arts Council itself, which have long had an interest in ensuring that the funding they receive from the government goes towards funding for the arts as a whole.
This is an unacceptable situation, said Professor Noel McArdle, who was involved in drafting the report.
“We need to recognise that the [Art Council] has a very large budget.
It has an extremely high turnover.
It is funded by government, it is funded through taxation, it has to do with government funding, it can’t be funded through private industry,” he said.”
It is a very important part of the national economic and social fabric.
We need to ensure that this is properly funded, and that we are supporting the Arts as well as other sectors of the economy.”
The arts in Ireland is not the only sector where the arts face a lack of funding.
The arts are also under-represented in the public sector, according to Professor McAradle.
“The arts have been underrepresented in Irish government funding for many years, and I think the Government should acknowledge that.
The problem is, the Arts Commission doesn’t seem to recognise the fact that that’s happening, and it doesn’t have a strategy to deal with that.”
But it’s happening in different parts of the country.
The Arts Council in Cork is looking for a new budget.
The National Arts Commission is looking at a budget reduction, but they haven’t said anything about it.
“The Arts Council is a non-profit organisation, with a mandate to provide funding to the arts industry in Ireland and the wider world.
It was established in 1894, and has the same mandate as the Arts Institute in London.
In the first decade of the 21st century, it was the largest single arts organisation in Ireland, and supported over one million people annually.
Today, its funding is at a standstill, and funding for arts education is also at a premium.
The Arts Commission’s chief executive, Dr Michael McEwan, said that the current funding model is unsustainable.”
Our funding model, where it is paid out to the Arts Foundation, does not pay for arts programs or activities that are essential to the health and wellbeing of our society.
“So we are talking about funding for activities that will benefit people of all ages, including those who are disabled,” he explained.
“We are talking of supporting activities that people have been engaging in for decades, but which have no connection to our core competencies of health, education and culture.”
While the Arts Alliance has been critical of the current state of funding for Irish arts, its leader, Peter D’Ambrosio, has previously called for the Arts Fund to be returned to the public purse.
“I think that it’s absolutely crucial that the public support the Arts Union in any way they can,” he told the Sunday Independent.
“If we don’t, I