CREATIVE SPARK, Louth’s purpose built Creative Community Hub, combining training and workspace facilities with state of the art energy efficiency practices has received a welcome boost in the form of a €200,000 windfall from PEACE III.
The significant funding boost will be used to develop more creative training and networking facilities for all sections of the community at the Muirhevnamor site.
Sarah Daly, Manager of Louth Craftmark Limited, which initiated and led the unique Creative Spark funding application, is thrilled at the prospect of welcoming many more community groups to the creative centre:
“We’ve just heard the great news and that our funding application to PEACE III has been successful - I am absolutely delighted!
“The Creative Spark Centre which opened last November now has the traction to develop its community creative outreach programme long into the future. Our vision to have Creative Spark expand into a creative community hub for everyone to use and feel at home in has been realised.”
A number of community learning programmes covering areas such as photography, print making, creative writing and sculpture will now be introduced and community groups are being invited to utilise the facility for events and gatherings.
Speaking at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dundalk, Councillor Frank Maher welcomed the news for Creative Spark as he spoke at a ‘celebration event’ to mark PEACE III’s successes across the County:
“This is another fantastic example of how PEACE III and the Louth Peace and Reconciliation Partnership is paying off across our whole community. Louth is now a place for EVERYONE and organisations such as Creative Spark are the backbone of all we seek to do in building a more stable society for all.”