Creative Community Shares Ideas For Future At Public Meeting

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People attending the meeting in The Rose Hotel last Tuesday.

THE Lee Suite in The Rose Hotel was full of creative thinking on Tuesday, November  14 for a round table Creative Ireland Kerry public consultation meeting.

In excess of 80 people attended a presentation on the Creative Ireland Kerry programme to date and took part in roundtable discussions.

A public consultation programme is now underway and public opinion gathered during the consultation process will help drive a local Culture and Creativity Strategy for Kerry for the years 2018 up to 2022.

Creative Ireland Kerry is led by Kerry County Council’s Arts Office and facilitated by a Kerry County Council Cultural team.

“The Creative Ireland Kerry programme is about building creative communities and about ensuring that all of us as citizens in Kerry have access to creativity in our local areas”, stated Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer and Creative Ireland Kerry Programme Co-ordinator at the public meeting.

The ambition is that by enabling access to creativity, we are all working for a better quality of life for the people of Kerry. The programme also aims to ensure that Kerry’s living culture receives due recognition and increased profile.

People attending the meeting in The Rose Hotel last Tuesday.

There is a Culture Team in Kerry County Council who drives the project forward and key skills represented on the team include arts, heritage, libraries, enterprise, tourism, Irish language, community, conservation and archives.

Culture Team members facilitated round table discussions at Tuesday’s public meeting, asking key questions about a vision for creativity, actions that need to be developed, how resources might be allocated, and how collectively we can grow the project.

Leading representatives of the arts community from across the county were in attendance as well as representatives from heritage and design, from tourism and from business.

The important message now is that the county responds to the call for opinions. The survey link can be found on

Or by email to the survey is available in printed format also and can be filled out by hand. Printed forms can be accessed by email to or call The Arts Office on 066 7183541

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