The individual is at the heart of any programme delivered by Roscommon County Council and the arts programme is no different.
One of the four priorities of the Roscommon County Council Arts Plan is ‘Children and Young People’. Through art, children and young people can create something that, until that point, was only imagined, creating visual manifestations of abstract ideas. Exposure to the arts through drawing, painting, music, song, theatre and dance can help in the development of multiple skills and capacities such as persistence, collaboration, creative thinking, motivation and problem solving.
Roscommon County Council will continue to promote access to the arts for children and young people so that they have the opportunity to experience high quality arts in a non-formal setting as creators, participants, spectators and critics. Successful programmes such as the Roscommon County Youth Theatre and the Roscommon County Youth Orchestra will be strengthened and developed as will the children’s literary programmes and the artists in schools programmes. New programmes, projects and arts-related activities in pre, primary and post primary schools will be introduced to ensure that programmes are current, innovative and contemporary.
Our current programmes include Artist in Schools Programme, Artists in Pre/Play/After Schools, Arts School Takeover, ‘Pop Up Poetry for Lil’ Peeps’, Writers in Post Primary Schools Programme, Bookworms Children’s Festival, Music Generation, Roscommon County Youth Orchestra, Roscommon County Youth Theatre, Cruinniu na nOg, Children’s Art in Libraries Programme and Teacher Artist Partnership Programme with Carrick on Shannon and Athlone Education Centres.