A local historical society has won an award from the arts council to support its efforts in building a united community.
Killeeshil and Clonaneese Historical Society has been announced as a successful recipient of an initial grant worth up to £5000 from the Building Peace through the Arts – Re-Imaging Communities Programme,
The cross-community group will engage with the local area to develop a piece of public art that will challenge sectarian and racist attitudes and support community cohesion.
In all, a total of 42 groups have been awarded initial funding through the Building Peace programme.
Roisin McDonough, from the Arts Council, said: “This important programme provides an invaluable opportunity for communities to promote tolerance and understanding while using the arts to find positive new ways to express identity and tradition.”
“The arts introduce a new dimension to the process of building reconciliation within and between communities and I’m delighted that these projects are now in a position to place creative regeneration at the very heart of their local neighbourhoods and, in doing so, take the first steps in creating a better future for everyone.”
The £3.1275m Building Peace through the Arts – Re-Imaging Communities programme offers funding to community groups and local authorities across Northern Ireland and the Border Region that want to tackle sectarianism and racism. Up to £5,000 is available to fund peace building through local consultation and creative engagement for each project site. Upon completion of this stage, a second application up to £50,000 can be made to produce and install the artwork.
The programme is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the European Union’s Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (PEACE III) managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and the International Fund for Ireland.
To find out more about the programme, please contact the Arts Council’s Re-Imaging Communities team on +44 (0) 28 9038 5228, visit: www.artscouncil-ni.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org