I would like the Executive and the whole Assembly to press for increased money from the budget for the arts.
There has been a four-year standstill on funding and the proposed increase is only the equivalent of an inflationary uplift.
At present, funding for the arts is much less per capita than in the other parts of these islands.
The arts improve the quality of life for all, encourage tourism and inward investment.
With the Ulster Museum closed for a long period, it is essential to have other venues for people to visit.
People do not want to live and work in a cultural desert. Hospital patients recover more quickly if they have good art in their surroundings.
Much of our art is community-based and provides stimulation, training and an interest for those who lack other outlets.
Margaret Marshall, Belfast