Sunday, 2 March 2008

NESF Report shows Arts have strong social bias

We're finally getting closer to a publication. Meanwhile I bring you a report on breaking down the barriers to the arts.

The National Economic Social Forum launched on Monday 25th February 2008 has a report which directly compares people from different social backgrounds who listen to or watch the equivalent amount of arts coverage on TV and radio and found that even with an equivalent interest, people from a less well-off background were much less likely to attend arts events. Dr Maureen Gaffney said "the report underlined the need to dismantle barriers that block participation in cultural events." Surely Poems in the Waiting Room helps with this?

Seamus Brennan the minister called it "a wakeup call for to all of us who ae committed to increasing opportunities for access to arts and culture for all of our people."

Arts for All - including poetry.