The Arts Council is one of the key funders of community arts in Northern Ireland.
There is a thriving community arts sector in Northern Ireland that is also at the cutting edge of community arts development internationally. Providers range from major organisations to small community-based groups at the grass roots. The range of settings is broad too, including arts centres, community centres, neighbourhood halls, prisons, youth centres and public spaces.
Community Arts promote collective creative processes which enhance access and participation and strengthen the community’s sense of authorship and ownership. They provide opportunities for communities and individuals to develop skills as artists, and for artists to explore ways of transferring those skills.