The Cultural Services Section in Kilkenny County Council brings together the Arts Office, Heritage Office and Library Service, driving an integrated approach to planning and delivering cultural services and cultural management across the county. The Cultural Services Section engaged M‑CO to work with them to develop their first integrated Kilkenny County Council Cultural Strategy for 2018‑2022, replacing individual plans for Arts, Heritage, Biodiversity and Libraries.

M‑CO worked with the Cultural Services team to carry out a review of the strategic context, conduct an extensive public and stakeholder engagement process, and identify a distinctive cultural identity for County Kilkenny which will serve as an authentic, overarching vision for future success. We then helped to define strategic priorities which will be areas for targeted focus over the period, and to develop complementary, integrated action plans to turn strategy into implementation.