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Defining Culture

Culture can be defined as the ways in which people organise their lives and give meaning to them. Therefore, it encompasses how a person thinks and does everything. Within the context of this definition, the entire local government system in Kildare is in itself a cultural institution. For the purposes of this strategy however, we use the word culture to mean the complex web of relationships and resources which make up our constituent services, i.e. libraries, arts, local history and genealogical research, archives and museum. These relationships and resources include primarily our users, our staff, our venues, our Council colleagues both executive and representative and our networks with people from a variety of external statutory, voluntary and community groups.

Our collective services have a presence in almost every village and town in County Kildare, where we interact on a daily basis with people from all social backgrounds and of all abilities. We offer a range of self-directed opportunities to individuals and groups in the areas of arts, information, education and learning, heritage, history and leisure. A key element in the provision of the above is the continuous active engagement of our users in the design and delivery of our programmes. We therefore offer a powerful accessible medium to the individual or group for personal, social, cultural, political and economic development. Our services also contribute to the realisation of key objectives in:

Towards 2016, Ten Year Framework Social Partnership Agreement 2006-2015
Transforming Ireland: A Better Quality of Life for All (National Development Plan)
Branching Out (national public library policy)
Kildare County Council’s Corporate Plan
2012 County Strategy (Kildare County Development Board)