The Arts Office provides support for the professional, voluntary, community and amateur arts sectors in Westmeath and provides information and advice to the community on Arts related issues.

Since the development of the Arts Office in Westmeath in 2001, the County Council has expanded its support for and contribution to the arts in County Westmeath. The County Arts Office aims to promote access, appreciation, awareness and enjoyment of the arts for all citizens of County Westmeath and also aims to stimulate interest in and promote the knowledge and appreciation of the Arts throughout the County.

Services Offered

  • Information & Advice on Arts related Issues
  • Arts Programming/ Promotion of the Arts though the Midlands Arts & Culture Magazine
  • Grant aid funding for artists & community groups
  • Management of the Christy Kiernan Art Collection ( pdf 28,633kB)  
  • Policy Making and Planning
  • Partnerships in arts related initiatives
  • Networking opportunities for Artist and Arts Groups
  • Implementation of the Per cent for Art Scheme

Music Generation Offaly Westmeath is a new music education service for children and young people in the counties of Offaly and Westmeath. It is part of Music Generation - Ireland's National Music Education Programme initiated by Music Network and funded by U2 & The Ireland Funds.

Locally, Music Generation Offaly Westmeath is managed by Offaly Westmeath Music Education Partnership and receives financial support from Offaly County Council (Lead Partner), Westmeath County Council and the Athlone and Laois Education Centres.

The Creative Ireland Programme is an all-of-Government initiative to place creativity at the centre of public policy. It is guided by a vision that every person in Ireland will have the opportunity to realise their full creative potential. Continuous engagement with the arts and culture is enormously beneficial for building creative capacities. Enhancing wellbeing, culture and creativity are essential features of an innovative society where the ability to conceptualise is more important than knowledge. An important aspect of the Creative Ireland programme is its collaborative nature - between national and local government, and as part of this each local authority has prepared a Culture and Creativity strategy to support this work.