Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has published the report of the Culture, Arts & Heritage Recovery Taskforce.

The Taskforce, established by the Minister in May 2021, has made nine recommendations to support reopening and recovery in the short-term and proposals for the focus of a longer term strategy for culture, the arts and heritage.

Minister Hargey has thanked the Taskforce chair Rotha Johnston and the expert panel members and confirmed that work on implementation of the main recommendations has already begun.

The Minister said:

“The work undertaken by the Taskforce has been invaluable to the important task of supporting the sectors on the pathway to recovery. 

“Since the report was submitted a programme for individuals in the arts and creative sectors has already been introduced - the Creative Individuals’ Recovery Programme has been co-designed by my Department and the Arts Council, with the support of the Taskforce and others in the arts and creative sector.   University of Atypical has also provided a programme specifically designed to support the particular requirements of our D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse artists and a programme open to people in the heritage sector will follow soon. 

“Work to develop programmes to support relevant organisations in the arts and heritage sectors is at an advanced stage and I expect to be able to make an announcement on those shortly." 

The Culture, Arts & Heritage Taskforce Report is available here.

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