As part of their education development, graduate students at WIT School of Humanities recently attended presentations by Lynn Cahill (Waterford City Council ) and Martin O'Sullivan (The Arts Council). Respectively they looked at the planning for Waterford 1100 which will be celebrated in 2014 and the principles and practice of arts funding undertaken by the Arts Council.
The participants are undertaking a project which will examine both dimensions of arts and heritage activity in the context of Waterford 1100 as part of their study programme. Tony Quinlan their strategy lecturer commented on the value to be obtained from treating of a real cultural event from a strategic perspective. His colleague John Maher emphasised the critical contribution good financial planning, revenue raising activity, and cost control can play in delivering sustainable cultural initiatives. The value of this joint practice and conceptual nexus is very much appreciated by the partcipants as they build their knowledge portfolio and managerial skill set.
The benefit of having capable graduates in leadership positions in arts and heritage organisation increases the positive impact the latter can have on to the social, cultural and economic life of the South East. More power to them!
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