The plans are / should have been feeding or inter into different departments.
Planning should also be feeding into wider policy plans, and special policy committee and within the other Council committees and boards
This arts and cultural policy work is seen to support a wider quality of life and add to the social, cultural and economic development of the county
Producing Arts Plans - these are usually for a 3-5 year term
These plans tend to be general - setting an overall context for the development of art in the county
Area development plans, Corporate Plan, customer service charters, youth policies, Irish Language policy, other existing policy documents eg Heritage place, town or rural development plans, the charters and plans of other key county stakeholders
National Level: The plans are usually drawn up taking into account National Policy‘s , such as the National Spatial plan, the national development plan, departmental plans – Environment , Health, Children and Young People.
Arts Plans aspire to set standards in good practice, ensure a set of values and aspirations that give them enough scope to work easily within - so there is wriggle room but a general sense of the direction
How are the Arts Offices funded
The funding is struck on an annual basis only - making it difficult to manage budgets,
arts and culture are still seen as additional to the essential services of the LA
The arts services now also are "competing" with other local resources in the County such as theatres and arts centers Their concerns must be taken into account when developing a county policy
Through - the estimates process - when budgets are struck at a local level in September/ October annually. Through revenue funding in the arts council
Other money can be raised through partnerships, sponsorships, once of funded projects - eg commissions or special project awards through the arts council
Some staff positions are funded through - The Arts Council and
Some public art positions are funded through the scheme itself