Community Arts Partnership’s Chief Executive, Conor Shields, responds to his inclusion in the Department for Communities, Culture, Arts & Heritage Recovery Taskforce

This is a great opportunity and a long anticipated initiative in order to assist in  safely and sustainably reopen the widest possible areas of our sector.

The agenda will be a difficult one because there are so many operational risks not only to organisations and individuals, but also to the general public.

We will be working very closely with the Department for Communities, the Department of Finance, the Department of Health, the Department of Education, the Department for the Economy and of course the principal funder of the arts, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. And we have very diligent and capable representatives from across the Arts, Culture and Heritage sectors to work to achieve a safe and sustainable outcome.

It is to be welcomed that we have such wide-ranging representation from all areas of the sectors involved.

I give my assurance that the immediate and long term sustainability of the arts sector generally and community arts and all those we support, including artists and communities will be at the forefront of my deliberations. I would also ask the communities that we, at Community Arts Partnership, serve to represent their needs so that I can bring them to the table on behalf of communities across the region.

Conor Shields, CEO Community Arts Partnership

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New Belfast Community Arts Initiative trading as Community Arts Partnership is a registered charity (XR 36570) and a company limited by guarantee (Northern Ireland NI 37645).Registered with The Charity Commission as New Belfast Community Arts Initiative - NIC105169.