13th February, 2017
Fine Gael TD & Minister of State Helen McEntee, for Meath East has today (Monday) welcomed the announcement from the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, that the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan is set to receive €300,000 in funding from her Department.
Minister Humphreys made the announcement as part of the Creative Ireland programme, with funding provided under her Department’s Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016-2018. A total of 56 cultural organisations will benefit from this capital investment, including theatres, heritage centres, galleries, archives, integrated arts centres, artist studios and creative and performance spaces.
Speaking today Minister McEntee said:
“This will come as a very welcome announcement to artists and audiences who use the Solstice Arts Centre. This €9 million announcement being made by Minister Humphreys is the most significant investment in regional arts and cultural centres in a decade.
“Investing in infrastructure, like theatres and performance spaces, is critical for a vibrant arts and culture sector, which in turn underpins social cohesion and supports economic growth. I am confident that this funding injection for the Solstice will help to grow local audiences and attract further people into Meath.
“Creative Ireland, the Government’s ambitious new 5 year strategy, aims to place culture and creativity at the heart of every community nationwide. A vibrant cultural sector is essential to society and investment in local arts and cultural centres helps to facilitate access to and participation in the arts in communities nationwide.
“Over 85% of the funding announced today is being provided to projects outside of Dublin. Putting arts and culture at the centre of rural life is a key element of the recently launched Action Plan for Rural Development. I would like to commend Minister Humphreys for prioritising investment in our regional arts and cultural facilities, and I look forward to work getting underway on the Solstice Arts Centre without delay.”