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Cork County Council has today (14th February 2011) awarded a total of €156,700 under the Arts Grant Scheme 2011. The grants have been given to 87 different groups and individual artists in County Cork.

Welcoming the allocations, Cllr. John Paul O’ Shea (Ind) said “the commitment of Cork County Council to allocate grants to these deserving projects is indeed a very positive move. The variety of such innovative arts that have been allocated funding here today represents the talent and commitment of all community groups and individual artists in the county”.

The Arts Grant Scheme supports arts activities and events at local or county level. These activities and events are developed by local artistic individuals or local service providers such as youth organisatons, schools, special need services and organisations working with older people. Community and voluntary groups also play a huge role in promoting the arts in the county. Activity such as Drama, Community Arts, Visual Arts, Choirs, Pipe/Brass Bands and festivals which are all largely driven by voluntary efforts are also strongly represented among the allocations approved today.

Among the allocations announced today are:

* Fermoy Community Youth Centre – Staging of annual pantomime – €500 * Village Arts Centre, Kilworth – Annual events programme of activities – €5,000 * West Cork Older Peoples Network – Theatre & Poetry production – €1,000 * Presentation Primary, Bandon – Visual Arts Project – €2,000 * Laharn Community Action Group LTD – Open Air Cross Roads Dancing – €500 * Crux Dance Theatre, Carrigaline – Performance dance project for young people – €5,000 * North Cork Classic Music Festival – Concerts in churches throughout North Cork – €2,000 * Kanturk & District Community Council – Annual festival – €1,500 * Cullen Pipe Band – Purchase of equipment/Summer School – €3,000 * Cuisle Avondhu Cultural Centre – Production of CD – €1,800 * Castlemagner Sinsir Club – Production of Big Maggie – €400

Cllr. O’ Shea added “I wish all these groups every success in their events which they have so diligently planned for. Even in these difficult economic times, it is heartening that Cork County Council continues to be in a position to provide financial assistance to support the wide range of arts projects throughout Cork”.

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