Programme worth over £3.1m launched to help build peace through the Arts

Community groups across Northern Ireland and the border areas of the Republic of Ireland that want to tackle signs of sectarianism and racism in their communities are set to benefit from an investment of £3.125 million.

The ‘Building Peace through the Arts – Re-Imaging Communities’ programme was launched on 28 February at the Playhouse in Derry~Londonderry by deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA and representatives of the funding partners – the European Union’s PEACE III Programme, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the International Fund for Ireland.

The funding programme will support arts projects that promote a shared future and build positive relations within and between communities. It will enable community groups to employ artists to work with local groups and to create vibrant and attractive public spaces through the use of creative arts.

The consortium supporting the new Re-Imaging Communities Programme includes the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the International Fund for Ireland (IFI) and the Special EU Programmes Body under the PEACE III programme, for which the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (OFMdFM) is the accountable Department but which also includes the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in Dáil Éireann. Other consortium members include the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, the Community Relations Council (CRC), POBAL and the Arts Council Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

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The Building Peace through the Arts – Re-Imaging Communities Programme is now open for applications. To find out more, please contact the Arts Council on + 44 (0)28 9038 5228 or visit the the The Building Peace through the Arts – Re-Imaging Communities Programme Web Page.

Funding Information Sessions:

  • Tues 12th March @ 2pm – The Burnavon Centre, Cookstown
  • Tues 12th March @ 6pm – The Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry

The Arts Council will be providing further information on more sessions shortly, on their website and via social media.

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