I Value The Arts NI

Sign up to the campaign and tell our politicians why you value the arts

Tough decisions are being made about public services. If you value the arts in Northern Ireland then now is the time to make your voice heard.

Audiences NI, Community Arts Forum, Culture Northern Ireland and Voluntary Arts Ireland have teamed up to make it easier for those in NI to pledge their support for their arts, with a local version of the national 'I Value The Arts' campaign. Here's what to do:

- Pledge your support at http://www.ivaluetheartsni.org (this feeds into the wider campaign)
- Get Northern Ireland specific updates on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ivaluetheartsni, and tell us why you value the arts using #ivaluetheartsni
- Link in to 'I Value the Arts’ campaign material (twibbons, posters, logos etc). 

- Pass details of the campaign on to your contacts.

David Lewis, director of Culture Northern Ireland, said: 'At Culture Northern Ireland we see every day the myriad benefits the arts bring to life in Northern Ireland. The severe cuts that are being mooted will have a devastating affect on arts organisations. Spending on the arts is a tiny fraction of the Assembly's budget - our politicians need to realise what good value for money they are getting.'

Kevin Murphy, chief officer of Voluntary Arts Ireland, said: 'The decisions on arts provision will be made locally by our politicians, so they need to be fully informed about the local situation. We need to highlight and celebrate the impact the arts make in communities across NI and make everyone aware of what we will lose if support is withdrawn.'

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