Offaly County Council is committed to developing and sustaining young people’s arts provision for Offaly through the Arts Office Youth Programme. The Arts Office strategic policy has been to focus specific attention on how young people participate in the arts, which allow young people to shine individually and as ensembles, and to be a source of their own ingenuity and creativity. We believe that facilitating projects in which young people can freely and safely be expressive, is investment into their capacity to be confident independent and innovative thinkers. We do this by programming both within schools and in partnership with other agencies and arts organisations to deliver programmes such as the Hullabaloo! Children’s Arts Festival, Cruinniú na nóg, the Mini Movies programme, Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath programme in schools.
Programming and partnership opportunities also arise from our Creative Ireland programme, the Percent for Art programme and the partnership between the Arts Offices of Offaly, Laois and the Laois/Offaly Education and Training Board.