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The Everyman – The Beating Heart of Theatre in Cork 

We deliver an ambitious annual programme of work in a beautiful venue that serves the audience of today and builds the audience of the future. The Everyman is a centre of excellence for theatre that engages with and reflects the artistic and civic life of Cork and beyond.

Currently our marketing manager is a Creative Associate as part of the Arts Council’s Creative Schools Programme. Arts in Education is something we believe in and this is reflected in our activities at The Everyman.

In 2019, 10,000 students from schools and colleges attended a show at The Everyman.

There were 22 Post-Show Talks and 35 Behind the Scenes Tours.

Education at The Hunt Museum means using the collection, expertise and enthusiasm of the museum and its partners to provide learning opportunities for the widest possible range of audiences and at all educational levels. We offer a variety of fun and educational tours, workshops and integrated learning sessions for primary school pupils. We believe that museums are a very special place for learning and engagement. Activities in the museum can complement the curriculum, inspire your class and increase their understanding of the past while providing a fun day of learning outside of the classroom.

Alongside our Museum programming we offer a range of different loan boxes and outreach programmes. Our Loan Boxes contain an array of handling material, activity resources, and Teacher Packets which can be used in the classroom to bring the past to life.  These are suitable for use in both Primary (4th, 5th and 6th) and Post-primary settings.

Roscommon Arts Centre believes arts programming for children and young audiences are an integral part of our organisation. 20 productions aimed at school audiences will take place in 2018. The Bookworms Festival which is organised between the arts centre and the arts office sees a number of shows and workshops for children, including off-site visits to rural schools where artists work with children on projects and events. In response to the Arts Council’s assessment of the festival last year, the 2018 programme included readings by author Siobhan Parkinson Lollipops Festival.

Our Lollipops festival runs throughout the month of October with a number of school shows planned. We rolled out our ‘Wheels on the Bus’ initiative in 2017 which will continue in 2018. This initiative, funded by Creative Ireland, allows us to offer reduced ticket prices to rural schools who need to hire transport to attend arts centre events, making our programme more accessible.

We work closely with children’s practitioners and theatre makers, offering space to research and develop work for our young audieces. To date we have worked with Branar Theatre Company, Monkeyshine Theatre Company, Anna Newell, Andy Manly, Thomas Johnston, Paul Curley and Julie Sharkey who are all creating work for young audiences.

We pride ourselves on the relationships that we have built with schools in the county and neighbouring counties and we look forward to that relationship continuing to flourish in the years to come.

The Glucksman is a contemporary art museum in the historic lower grounds of University College Cork. Designed by O’Donnell + Tuomey architects, the gallery has won numerous awards for its architecture and creative programmes. The Glucksman presents ambitious exhibitions of Irish and international art alongside a range of events and activities designed to encourage participation from all visitors, whether an art professional or first time gallery-goer.

As a place of creative connections between people and disciplines, the Glucksman provides an essential link for the University with the wider world, enabling public understanding of the visionary research undertaken in all four colleges, and welcoming students, staff and visitors to explore, enjoy and learn about art right in the heart of the UCC campus. In 2017, the Glucksman received 91,207 visits to the museum with over 10,000 active participants in its education and events programme.

The Glucksman was the first museum in Munster to receive full accreditation on the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland and on 11 July 2017, the curatorial team received an award from Minister for the Arts in Dublin Castle for maintaining these standards across all areas of the museum’s operations  including Governance, Management, Collections, Documentation, Exhibitions,  Education and Visitor Services.

Kilkenny Education Centre is an open and innovative Centre which inspires and supports teaching and learning in the educational community. The Arts are an integral part of the cultural, tourism and economic development of our catchment area. Therefore, our programme of local courses and projects are offered in collaboration with the arts and heritage offices of Kilkenny County Council and the many local arts organisations who support us to deliver high quality opportunities to local schools and teachers.

The Design and Craft Council of Ireland (DCCOI) are based in Kilkenny and collaboratively we work to manage and support the rollout of the CRAFTed Programme to schools nationally, through the ESCI network. The CRAFTed Programme gives primary school children and teachers an exciting opportunity to explore their creativity and learn new skills by working with local professional craftspeople in the classroom.

A recent collaborative project with Poetry Ireland, Irish Aid and the Kilkenny based Cartoon Saloon is another good example of how we link with others to provide innovative project opportunities for schools. Seven primary schools and three post primary schools creatively explored themes in the book and the Oscar nominated animated film, The Breadwinner. The resulting showcase of work highlighted pupil engagement in themes such as courage, self-empowerment and facing fear using many forms of creative expression and art mediums.

Kilkenny Education Centre are also part of the Teacher – Artist Partnership (TAP) arts in education initiative that trains teachers and artists to work collaboratively together to provide a 20 hour residency in primary schools.
We also support clusters of schools, through the Creative Cluster scheme, to work together to progress creative projects and to experiment, innovate and collaborate on the design, implementation and evaluation of a collaborative creative learning project. Schools have access to creative people, skills and resources from their local communities.

For our 20th anniversary, we commissioned a legacy piece of art in the lobby of our Centre, to reflect our vision and mission but also connect with and relate to education, to teachers and to children. The beautiful piece, created by local artist, Lucy McKenna, has huge potential to inspire art projects in schools, integrating maths, science and art.

 

 

 

 

A comprehensive range of education and training services throughout Waterford and Wexford

Unit 1
Ardcavan Business Park
Ardcavan
Wexford

City of Waterford Office – 051 874 007

County Waterford Office – 058 41780

Wexford Office – 053 912 3799

HQ: Wexford (sub-offices in Waterford City & Dungarvan)

www.waterfordwexford.etb.ie/

A comprehensive range of education programmes to meet the needs of the community
Church Road,
Nenagh,
Co. Tipperary

Tipperary North Riding Office – 067 31250

Tipperary South Riding Office – 052 612 1067

HQ: Nenagh (sub-office in Clonmel)

http://tipperary.etb.ie/

The Arts in Education programme promotes and facilitates arts education activities in schools and communities.

Newtown
Castlebar
Co. Mayo

Mayo Office – 094 902 4188

Sligo Office – 071 914 5025

Leitrim Office – 071 962 0024

HQ: Castlebar (sub-offices in Sligo & Carrick-on-Shannon)

http://www.mayosligoleitrim.etb.ie/

Louth and Meath ETB is committed to promoting arts in education in all schools and colleges under its remit. At present, LMETB has responsibility for 16 post primary schools, 2 community national schools, a Centre for European Schooling and two dedicated PLC colleges. At primary and post primary levels there is much evidence of arts in action on a daily basis. Music, art, drama, school musicals, school choirs, orchestras, debating and visits to the theatre are just some of the activities which our schools promote as a combination of curricular, co-curricular and extra- curricular activities in our schools and colleges.

Participation in arts related activities provide opportunities for students to develop a range of key skills which will assist them in their future careers/further studies/employment. LMETB schools and colleges also note that the provision of such activities contributes positively to attendance rates and engagement in schools and further develops positive rapport and relationships between teachers and students. Such activities also promote and foster engagement with parents/guardians and the wider communities in which our schools/colleges operate.

Our mission statement in LMETB is excellence and innovation in education and LMETB is committed to working in partnership with statutory, community and voluntary organisations in promoting the arts in education.

Louth and Meath ETB also manages the Louth Music Generation (LMEP) which provides access to a diverse range of creative musical experiences and music classes for those participating. LMEP provide access to such classes both within and outside the school day. Those participating also have opportunities to engage in musical performances with others including participating  in bands, orchestras and ensembles to name but a few.

Midland Arts under LWETB develops, oversees and monitors a range of Arts Education Programmes throughout the Midlands

Marlinstown Office Park
Mullingar
Co. Westmeath

Longford Office – 043 333 4000 / 043 334 6493

Westmeath Office – 044 934 8389

HQ: Mullingar

www.longfordwestmeath.etb.ie/

Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board established one of three, national Local Creative Youth Partnerships (LCYPs) in 2019, under the auspices of Creative Ireland’s Creative Youth initiative. Guided by the voice of the child and young person, the LCYP works in partnership with state and voluntary agencies to deliver creative programmes for young people, in communities across Limerick and Clare, over the life of the Creative Ireland plan up to 2022. Limerick and Clare LCYP identifies ‘the meeting point between formal and informal education’ as the site for nurturing its work and in this context works mainly in youth and community settings.

The partnership includes representatives from local authorities, youth work, early years, arts and education as well as from several areas within Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board. Key partners include Limerick Youth Service, Clare Youth Service and Foróige; with whom the LCYP has already delivered creative programmes in dance, photography, drama, craft, makeup, film and in a range of visual art genres. The choice of activity is based on data collected through consultation with over 300 young people across 26 youth work settings in both counties.

Future Film Makers, a training programme run in collaboration with the commercial film sector in Limerick, provides opportunities for young people, aged between 18 and 25, seeking to get a foothold at entry level in the film industry and was launched in October 2019.

In tandem with its focus on the youth sector, the LCYP is developing creative programmes for Early Learning and Care (ELC) settings and works closely with Clare and Limerick County Childcare Committees in this regard. Dance and movement for babies and toddlers and oral storytelling for young children have been explored through two conferences for ELC practitioners in 2019. These areas of interest are central to the LCYP programme going forward.

For further information on the work of the Local Creative Youth Partnership in Limerick and Clare go to www.lcetb.ie

Kilkenny and Carlow ETB provide a wide range of quality education programmes and supports designed to meet the needs of young people and adults.

A comprehensive range of education services throughout Kildare and Wicklow

KWETB Administrative Offices
Áras Chill Dara
Devoy Park
Naas
County Kildare

Kildare Office – 045 988 000

Wicklow Office – 0404 60 500

www.kildarewicklow.etb.ie

Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership (Kerry LCYP) whose lead partner is Kerry ETB, is building a network in Kerry of collaborators, organisations and creatives who engage with young people creatively through programmes, events and activities that are guided by young people and which link formal education and out of school settings.

Kerry LCYP is part of Creative Youth, an initiative of the all-of-government Creative Ireland programme to enable the creative potential of every child and young person. A key principal of Kerry LCYP is collaboration that enables young people to be heard. At its core, it is a partnership network which enables information sharing and collaboration between local creative youth service providers to bring about a better use of existing resources and initiatives in Kerry.

Kerry LCYP forges new partnerships with local creatives, which complement the work of the formal school settings. The aspiration is that it will act as a change agent within local communities, unlocking new ways of working and supporting the creative and cultural education of thousands of children and young people. Importantly, the remit of the partnerships goes beyond that of the “arts” and includes cultural industry and creative arts activity across many disciplines (including areas such as heritage, STEM, entrepreneurship).

The range of creative activities is limitless – everything from traditional and visual arts to coding and tech; music and opera to circus arts, comedy, street arts & spectacle; creativity in business, architecture & design to heritage; film, drama, theatre or dance to literature and creative writing. Youth consultation informs the work of the partnership so that the annual work plan is well placed in a community setting.

Galway and Roscommon ETB is the second largest ETB in the country and includes three islands. Our region is renowned as a place where arts and culture are celebrated. Galway has been designated as the European Capital of Culture 2020, and GRETB, under Music Generation Galway is leading a new and exciting orchestral project for young people called “Symphonic Waves”, which was conceived under the Galway 2020 bid. County Galway has the single largest and most populous Gaeltacht area in the country. Promoting Gaeilge is an essential element of GRETB’s core service. We have eight Coláistί LánGhaeilge and a number of our Further Education and Training centres in Connemara, operate through Irish.

Galway and Roscommon ETB’s Strategy Statement 2017-2021 Empowering People for Life was published in early 2017.  GRETB’s mission is: To support individuals through learning, to achieve their full potential and contribute to social, cultural and economic development and its five core values are: Leadership, inclusivity, collaboration, innovation and inclusivity and accountability.

GRETB runs twenty second level colleges, an extensive adult education service and a range of post-leaving certificate courses. It is involved in many partnership activities at local level and provides a range of educational supports to enhance the quality of its education programmes. Galway and Roscommon ETB supports young people and adult learners through its schools, youth services and 40 further education and training centres.

GRETB is committed to promoting and supporting creative and cultural opportunities through arts in education programmes in second level colleges and in the school of music located in GTi in Galway city. The Further Education and Training Department in GRETB fully supports the creative arts and the potential the creative arts offer to engage learners, to assist them in their learning and also the potential of learners to produce creative arts of a very high standard and quality. GRETB supports a significant level of creative and cultural programmes for young people. PLC programmes offer opportunities for learners at QQI Level 5 and 6 in a range of programmes including, art portfolio preparation for people wishing to study art at a higher level, animation, a growth area in the Irish creative arts arena and drawing and visual inquiry. Programmes in fashion design, millinery and fashion retail and visual merchandising are also offered. The design and production of furniture is available at this level and the furniture produced is exhibited annually. There are a large range of media programmes available including film and documentary, music performance, studio and live sound production. GRETB is currently developing a Media based traineeship in partnership with Screen Training Ireland. This Media Production Assistant traineeship will offer an opportunity to learners to learn the skills of a production assistant while also completing an extensive on the job training experience.

GRETB is the lead partner in 3 neighbouring Music Education Partnership areas: Galway city, Galway County and Roscommon. In September 2017, GRETB was successful in its applications to Phase 2 of Music Generation and is now commencing the roll out of Music Generation vocal and instrumental tuition programmes with children and young people from January 2019.

 

 

Services include primary level education, second level education, Further Education (PLC) courses, Adult Education and Youthreach

Dublin Office – 01 452 9600

HQ: Tallaght, Dublin 24

http://www.ddletb.ie

Donegal ETB is committed to promoting arts in education with the aim of enabling students to be successful in both school life and later in their adult life. Donegal ETB schools/centres and programmes play a key role in affording students opportunities to participate in a high-quality arts education as part of a complete education.

Donegal ETB in promoting the Arts in Education is committed to:

By promoting the arts as an integral component of our educational delivery, it positively impacts on student attendance, persistence and engagement. It can also enhance teacher effectiveness; and strengthen parent and community involvement. Donegal ETB is committed to working in partnership with statutory, community and voluntary organisations in promoting the arts in Education. As part of the Donegal ETB Strategy Statement 2017-2021, Lean ar Aghaidh, there is a clear commitment to offer educational and training programmes within quality teaching and learning environments. The concept of partnership is also a central theme within the strategy. There is a recognition that working in partnership provides more focused approaches to both learning and employment opportunities.

Donegal ETB as part of their Arts Programme manages the Donegal Music Education Partnership (DMEP) which provides instrumental/vocal tuition in all genres of music (classical, jazz, traditional, rock/pop) at reasonable rates to children and young adults. The project can also hire out instruments. As part of the emphasis on performance, pupils of the DMEP can join an ensemble or choir to help develop their musical and social skills.

City of Dublin Education and Training Board has a long tradition of developing and supporting the Arts in all of its forms. Providing training at level 5 and 6 in a variety of artistic areas and support to a number of community and youth arts projects and festivals.

CETB plans, provides, supports and coordinates education, training and youth services in Cork

Cork City Office – 021 427 3377

County Cork Office – 021 466 5000

HQ: Head Office,
21 Lavitt’s Quay,
Cork

www.cork.etb.ie

Kilkenny County Council’s Arts Office is focussed on developing provision for young people both within formal education contexts and within the community. We seek to provide access to high-quality, innovative, exciting and engaging programmes for children and young people, to encourage early engagement in the arts and to cultivate deeper appreciation. We work with key partners in the education sector, local stakeholders and community organisations to deliver a range of creative programmes to enrich the lives of young people. We also create opportunities to enable young people to co-create programmes ensuring that their voices and at the core of developments and to promote their ownership. Many of our programmes are long term and multi-faceted as we recognise the benefits delivering long-term, relevant, sustainable, growth oriented programmes.

Current long term provision tailored to the needs of children and young people include:

 

 

Over 37% of Kildare’s total population are aged 0-24 year. This is the highest rate in the State. Kildare County Council has an overarching commitment to continue to develop both existing provision for children and young people and education partnerships aimed at building capacity in the sector in the county.

Kildare County Council Arts Service offers a range of services and opportunities to primary and secondary schools in Co Kildare. The Arts Service constantly evaluates and reviews its programme in response to needs from schools.

Supports include:

Purpose of Dublin City Council Arts Office

The Arts are a unique and fundamental part of Dublin’s identity. Dublin City Arts Office ensures that the arts remain as a vital part of living, working and visiting the capital City. Leading, developing and working in partnership we support artists, arts organisations, the city communities to deliver quality arts, and experiences that contribute to Dublin’s cultural life and its reputation as a modern vibrant city, rich in art and heritage.

Arts, Education and Learning Policy

The Arts, Education and Learning Policy was passed by Council in November 2016. It is for the citizens of Dublin, acknowledging that each Dubliner has a right to practice and participate in appropriate and equal cultural and artistic activity and learning. It is a key document for scaffolding our approach to questions around where our responsibilities lie in addressing realistically, what resources we have as an Arts Office; what resources we can generate through strategic partnership; how might we be informed about barriers and needs directly by children and young people and their stakeholders.

Dublin City Arts Service: Arts and Education Learning Policy (.pdf)

Policy Action, No 5

Explore And research opportunities for arts in education and the role of the city as partner with formal education in response to the National Arts in Education Charter (2013).

Supports include:

  1. Long-term partnerships, in targeted neighbourhoods, that embed localised arts in education models of practice.
  2. Large-Scale Artistic Commissions (including per cent for art)
  3. Innovative Training and Mobility for Educators and Artists
  4. National Initiatives in Arts In Education e.g. Teacher Artist Partnership Programme
  5. Early Childhood Arts – Commissioning and Artists in Residence Programme at Local And Regional level
  6. Funding through Dublin City Annual Arts Grants
  7. Information and Advice about arts provision and practice happening in Dublin city

 

Current Programmes of work with schools and early childhood services are:

 

South Dublin County Council Arts Office provides a service that supports the development of creative people and communities through the arts. Provision and support of high quality arts experiences are central to the service. This is realised through research, programmes, events, grants and awards and the development of on-line and off-line resources.

Supports include:

  1. Artistic Commissions (including per cent for art)
  2. National Initiatives in Arts In Education e.g. Teacher Artist Partnership Programme
  3. Early Childhood Arts – Commissioning and Artist development
  4. Funding through South Dublin County Arts Grants and Creative Ireland Schools Cultural Awards
  5. Information and Advice about arts provision and practice 

Current programmes of work with schools and early childhood services are:

Kerry County Council Arts Service seeks to foster greater levels of engagement in the arts, and to support a high standard of practice in the arts throughout the County of Kerry for its people. The Arts Service vision for the arts is based on four core values: Quality, Access, Inclusion and Sustainability.

The Arts Service prioritises spend on arts activities that reflect these core values. Three key strategic areas for prioritisation include

Supports include:

The principal aim of the Cork City Council Arts Office is to act as a central platform for the cultural vitality of Cork city. We believe that the existence of a vibrant creative community, along with supporting equality of access to the arts for all Cork citizens, is exceedingly important to the wider “wellbeing” of this city. To do this we work with artists, cultural groups, art facilities and numerous other individuals to ensure access to the arts for all residents and visitors to Cork city.

Our current programmes around arts in education are:

Music Generation Cork City, an innovative and progressive community education programme, which delivers music educational experiences in a diverse range of music genres to 2000 children in their own communities throughout Cork city.

The Composers in the Classroom scheme is an initiative which brings professional composers and musicians into the classroom as part of a special curriculum devised for transition year music students and their teachers. Cork Choral Festival are the cultural partner, and the scheme runs with Cork County Council.  The scheme has been highly successful in encouraging and assisting students, many with little or no musical training, in their musical creativity and experimentation. The residency culminates in a seminar held as part of the Cork International Choral Festival, where student get the chance to perform their compositions and listen to the composition of other schools in the scheme.

The Unfinished of Poetry is a creative writing in school programme which began its life in 2005 when Cork was designated European Capital of Culture. During Cork 2005 the library staff conceived the idea to have a book by young people that continued beyond the City of Culture Year. The project became ‘The Unfinished Book’ and involves creative writing workshops  in local libraries with students of Cork schools each year working with professional writers and poets from Cork. The students work is published in a book which is then launched. These workshops foster creative, personal and educational development and support participants in gaining new insights into the creative art of poetry writing. The project is an arts office and Cork City Libraries schools programme managed by O’Bhéal.

Tools of the Trade is an art project that explores childhood creativity and interesting places of work created and delivered by artists, Leah Murphy and Susie Walsh. Each year, children taking part have the chance to see behind closed doors in three varied and interesting places of work in Cork city. Introductory workshops are given where the children are shown tools that are in everyday use in these particular workplaces as a starting point. In a series of fun, interactive and educational art workshops, the children then create artworks inspired by the specific activities encountered in each place of work. ‘Tools of the Trade’ is supported by the Creative Ireland Programme, an all of government five year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy.

The Arts in Context Award aims to provide opportunities for artists and community groups to work together to realise arts projects. This award supports projects that take place in community contexts such as; schools, hospitals, community care settings, youth clubs, prisons, community centre’s, clubs etc. Artists and the group must plan the project together.  There is an annual call that opens in September and closes mid November for projects to run in the following year.  Further information can be found at www.corkcity.ie/en/ council-services/services/ arts-culture-heritage/arts- office/funding-opportunities1. html

Arts in Education initiatives include the Artists in Schools scheme and a Music Education scheme

Mr. Ian McDonagh, Arts Officer, Cork County Council Library and Arts Services, Floor 3, County Library Building, Carrigrohane Road, Cork
(021) 4346210

ianmcdonagh@corkcoco.ie
www.corkcoco.ie/arts

Waterford City & County Council Arts Service runs an extensive Arts In Education programme and has done so since the mid 1990’s.

Currently, this programme is run across the Primary and Secondary Schools network and within community contexts.

This provision from early years to young adulthood aims to expose young people to the arts and to provide high quality experiences across all art forms.

Working with partners in the community, education sector and specific arts organizations we offer a range of interventions. The young people also have a strong voice in this provision to shape various programmes and in some instances to be part of the organizing and decision making processes.

We have a long term relationship with Waterford Youth Arts, Lismore Castle Arts and Education Centres to assist with our programme. Currently we offer and/or assist with :

-Artist in Residence in Primary Schools and the TAP partnership
Artifice – Transition Year Visual Arts Project with Lismore Castle Arts
The LIT, Young Writers Festival, Waterford
Waterford Music Generation
-Summer in the City Schools Engagement Programme
-Architect in Residence in Schools with the Waterford Festival of Architecture
-Traditional Music for teenagers in association with Comhlucht Forbartha na nDéise

 

 

Overview of Arts in Education Programme

The Living Arts Project was established in 2013 as a long term visual arts educational scheme. The aim of this project is to provide children with an understanding and appreciation of contemporary visual art.

Over the course of a fifteen-week programme, each artist will bring their own unique styles, talents and disciplines to the participating schools, encouraging pupils to think beyond the classroom and respond visually to the world around them. So far 4 different artists and assistants have taken part in the programme and over 20 schools across Co. Wexford have benefited.

This year with Creative Ireland funding the following will take place:

The Arts Office is responsible for arts provision in the county and has a dedicated Youth Arts Programme

Ms Sinead Dowling, Arts Officer, County Buildings, Athy Road, Carlow
(059) 9170301

sdowling@carlowcoco.ie
www.carlow.ie/all-council-services/arts

Limerick City and County Council Culture and Arts Department

The Department is responsible for the delivery of the Limerick Cultural Strategy which includes actions on arts in education.

Our principal document is the Limerick Cultural Strategy. The Limerick Cultural Strategy is an integrated set of choices that will pave the way for effective planning to achieve change through cultural engagement.

Within that document object 6 is as follows;

To engage citizens through involvement in culture

Cultural organisations in Limerick have demonstrated a distinct expertise in their participatory approaches to creative and artistic work. Active engagement and participation in cultural activity has the potential to bring about transformative change to individuals and communities. We aim to achieve this in the following ways:

 

There are two other strategic documents which also deliver on Arts in Education. The first is the Framework Agreement with the Arts Council that include the following strategic objectives;

1. Supporting Artists and Key Strategic Organisations

2. Rural Arts and Excellence

3. Young People, Children and Education

4. Festivals and Events

 

The second is the Culture and Creativity Strategy for Limerick as part of Creative Ireland. There are five strategic actions within this document;

1. Future Creators: Children and young people

2. Creative Minds: Nurturing and supporting artists and other creators

3. Creative Springboard:  Fostering creative and cultural innovation

4. People, Places, Networks: Enhancing our local cultural and creative infrastructure

5. Creative Screens:  A focus on film and coding

6. Creative Citizens: People creating and accessing culture on their doorstep

Laois County Council Arts Service are committed to work with others, including the Department of Education and Skills, to support the provision of excellent arts experiences for children and young people.  Building on existing provision our arts programme supports opportunities and experiences for learning, creativity and developing skills in a range of art form.

Laois County Council Arts Service offers a wide range of services and opportunities to primary and secondary schools in Co Laois

Supports include:

 

Offaly County Council Arts Service 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.

The arts play an important role in society, contributing to the quality of life of communities, local economies, the expression of local identity and the vibrant cultural life of the county. The Tipperary Arts Service strives to broaden and deepen access to the arts and to develop strategies for sustainable engagement, creating an environment where the arts and creativity can thrive. A core focus of the County Arts Programme is to ensure access for children and young people to the arts and to assist young people in developing a language of creativity through engagement in arts activity and with practicing artists across a broad range of settings.

Our current programmes for children and young people include:

Tipperary Artist in Primary School Scheme – the Tipperary Artist in Primary Schools Scheme has supported 47 artist in residence projects in primary schools in Tipperary since 2015. The aim of this scheme is to give pupils in schools all over the county the opportunity to work with a professional artist on a once-off unique project to be originated and planned between the artist and the school. Artists from any artistic discipline may apply with a school. The school and the artist work together to propose a unique application under the scheme; there is a call for applications annually. Contact time is 50 hours per project. Projects across a range of artistic disciplines ranging from theatre to visual arts and music to storytelling will take place in Tipperary schools during 2019.

The Second Level Print in Schools Exhibition – Tipperary Arts Office offers secondary schools in the Tipperary administrative area the opportunity to borrow and display an exhibition of thirty two contemporary prints by Irish artists. The prints from twenty two artists include works by Cecil King, Alice Hanratty, Patrick Hickey, Gene Lambert, Suzannah O’Reilly and Des McMahon. Print mediums include monoprint, relief print, etching, silkscreen, lithograph, collograph, and dry point. An informative exhibition catalogue for educational purposes is included with the print exhibition. A one day printmaking workshop in the school/ venue is also available as part of this opportunity. The prints are specially packed for easy handling and transport. Teachers and schools, venues and organisations can arrange to borrow the exhibition by contacting the Tipperary Arts Office. This initiative offers teachers a contemporary, practical resource while also introducing artists, materials and processes to students. Schools are open to use the resource as they wish and as is practical for them, their spaces and resources.

Music Generation Tipperary: Tipperary is among five new counties in Ireland to participate in the most recent phase of development of Music Generation. Over the coming years, Music Generation Tipperary will offer new opportunities for hundreds of children and young people ages 0 to 18 to access high-quality, subsidised vocal and instrumental tuition in their local communities. Initiated by Music Network in 2010, Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships (LMEPs). Locally, Music Generation Tipperary will be led by Tipperary Education and Training Board (ETB) in partnership with Tipperary County Council. Planning for the roll-out of Music Generation Tipperary is currently underway, which involves recruitment of a Music Generation Development Officer to oversee programme development.
Music Generation Tipperary’s goal will be to develop a range of affordable and accessible ways for children and young people to engage in performance music education. This will include the coordination of music tuition services within the county, working in partnership with schools, community music groups and tuition centres in the formation of choirs, ensembles, access programmes, composition projects, songwriting initiatives and more, across a broad range of musical genres and styles.

The arts venues in Tipperary are key providers of programming for children and young people in the county. The Source Arts Centre, Thurles; Nenagh Arts Centre, The Tipperary Excel Arts Centre in Tipperary Town and the South Tipperary Arts Centre and Tipperary County Museum in Clonmel all run a range of engagement programmes and provide opportunites for young people, children and their families to engage with the arts.

Tipperary County Council also provides support to a range of festivals and events which deliver strong programme strands for children and young people in Tipperary. www.whatsonintipp.ie lists festivals taking place in Tipperary. Spleodar, Nenagh’s Haloween Arts Festival is a children’s arts festival which delivers high quality arts experiences that are curated specifically for children and young people during the Halloween mid-term break annually. Full programme http://spleodar.ie

The Tipperary Youth Theatre provides opportunities for non-formal youth engagement. Established by the Tipperary Arts Office, Tipperary Youth Theatre was developed in Thurles in 1999 and in Nenagh in 2007 to provide a platform for engagement with theatre for young people in the 13-17 age group. Both Youth Theatres now have a long history of presenting an annual production and training programme which is youth led and youth centred and are managed by The Source Arts Centre in Thurles and Nenagh Arts Centre.

Tipperary Dance Platform (TDP) is a platform for dance, dedicated to the enrichment and stimulation of dance in Tipperary. The activities of Tipperary Dance Platform are co-ordinated around three main strands: The TDP International Dance Festival, engagement with the community and the provision of resources for dance artists and the professional dance sector. Based from the Tipperary Excel Arts Centre in Tipperary Town, the Tipperary Dance Platform works with local schools through dance residency programmes and invitations to attend performances during the TDP International Dance Festival.

The Tipperary Arts Office also has a Percussion Instrument Collection which is available on loan to schools and community groups. Please contact the arts office for further information.

The Clare County Council Arts Service Artists in Schools programme is designed to create opportunities for artists and schools to work together over a specific duration of time. We support and fund projects that are innovative, unique and that foster creativity; skills development and an introduction to the language used in art making. We also encourage projects that introduce children to experience the cross disciplinary nature of the arts, projects which connect ideas and art making to other subjects e.g. history, science, the environment, local, national and global cultures and traditions.

The Artists Residency programme currently has two strands: Arts Space and Arts Days. The scheme is open to artists from any artistic discipline including visual arts and crafts, music, dance, drama, literature, film, architecture, photography, and new media.

2018/19 flagship projects include a year-long artist residency with artist, Shona MacGillivray and St. Anne’s Special School and a Spoken Word Poetry Project with transition year students.

The Artists in Schools Programme also supports and develops.

Galway County Council Arts Service offers a range of services and opportunities to primary and secondary schools in Co Galway. The Arts Service constantly evaluates and reviews its programme in response to needs from schools. Our aim is to offer children the opportunity to work with a professional artist on a once-off project in visual arts, dance, literature, drama, music, photography, film, etc.

Supports include:

The Arts Service engages with a range of artforms in contexts including young people, children, education and socially engaged art

Mr James Harold, Arts Officer, Galway City Council Arts Service, City Hall, College Road, Galway
(091)536546

jharrold@galwaycity.ie
www.galwaycity.ie/pobal-cultur/arts-office-information/

Participation and access are fundamental to Meath County Council Arts Service strategy in providing high quality arts experiences for children and young people across the county. Aligned to Pillars 1 & 2 of the Creative Ireland Programme, Meath County Arts Office currently deliver a number of child and young person focussed programmes across a range of experiences and art forms.

 

Louth County Council Arts Service is responsible for arts provision in the county and has a dedicated Community and Education Programme.

Over 35% of County Louth’s total population are aged 0-24 year. Louth County Council is committed to continue development of existing and provision of new resources for children and young people and education partnerships aimed at building capacity in the sector in the county.

Louth County Council Arts Service offers a range of services and opportunities to primary and secondary schools in Co Louth.

Supports include:

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.

Mayo County Council Arts Service works with youth agencies, educational organisations and venues to increase access to and engagement with and for young people.

Mayo Arts service programmes an annual Excel Youth Arts Programme, provides a vibrant Youth Theatre, are a founding partner of Music Generation Mayo and have a schools exhibition programme. As part of the Mayo County Council Strategic Arts Plan 2018 – 2022 consultation, an online survey specifically for young people was developed and circulated. This garnered a positive response and generated new actions in the Arts Plan.

Mayo Youth Theatre

Mayo Youth Theatre (MYT) is an initiative of Mayo County Council, set up in 1999. It is based in Ballina and provides opportunities for young people to engage in theatre making activity, covering all aspects of the genre.

MYT involves continued development of quality youth theatre in partnership with Youth Theatre Ireland and Ballina Arts Centre. Masterclasses are provided with external expert facilitators and Youth Theatre Ireland. MYT participants are encouraged and facilitated to see professional productions and have also availed of Youth Theatre Ireland Go See YT funding and participants have been part of the annual National Youth Festival and have secured places on the National Youth Theatre Ensemble and Young Critics Programme.

Excel Youth Arts Programme

Mayo Arts Service Excel Youth Arts Programme is an annual county-wide programme of events for young people aged 13 -19 years. Excel provides an opportunity for young people to explore their creativity, gain skills in various art forms and encounter practicing artists.

Schools Exhibition

The existing Schools’ Exhibition Programme allows a school to borrow a number of paintings from the Mayo County Council Collection for a school term. There are two exhibitions available, both of which have been collated especially for use in primary schools and a teachers and students pack is also available. This Schools exhibition will be revised to include a broader spectrum of art work and practices, as committed to in the new Arts Plan.

Music Generation Mayo

Music Generation Mayo, of which Mayo Arts Service is a founding partner, provides performance music education opportunities for children and young people in Mayo. The establishment of a Music Instrument Bank was one of the core strategic aims of the partnership in its original music development plan for Mayo. The inclusion of this resource was directly influenced by a consultation with young people who specifically cited lack of access to instruments as being a key challenge in furthering their musical development. Music Generation Mayo provides wide-ranging opportunities for children and young people to develop as music performers through increased access to subsidised general and specialist tuition. The programme also supports the development of music related activities e.g. sound recording, stage management, documentation and promotion of events.

Creative Schools

Mayo Arts Service is a member of the Creative Ireland Culture Team in Mayo County Council and committed to engaging with and supporting the work of Creative Associates and schools participating in the Creative Schools Initiative.

Mayo Artsquad

Established in 1997 with FÁS support, Mayo County Council’s Artsquad has continued to provide excellent training in community arts skills for fifteen participants annually. The participants on Artsquad come from a wide variety of backgrounds and work with groups including schools and youth groups from all communities, providing workshops, training and street theatre. Mayo Artsquad also works extensively with festivals throughout the county.

Other opportunities

Other opportunities for this target audience present themselves through residencies, public art schemes etc., and all are utilised when appropriate. For example, the Writer in Residence Programme often includes a writer working with a school/youth group/ young people to develop work collaboratively.

Children and young people are a principal priority of Leitrim County Council’s arts programme and a key component of its arts strategy for the forthcoming five year period. Leitrim County Council Arts Service provides a range of services and opportunities to children and young people in pre, primary and secondary schools in Leitrim and through extra-curricular programmes, festivals and events.

Supports include:

The Arts Office is responsible for arts provision in the county

Fergus Kennedy, Arts Officer, Longford County Arts Office, Aras an Chontae, Great Water Street, Longford

086 851759
fkennedy@longfordcoco.ie
http://www.longfordcoco.ie/arts_office.html
http://www.virtualwriter.ie/

Westmeath County Arts Office provides support for the professional, voluntary, community and amateur arts sectors in Westmeath and provides information and advice to the community on arts-related issues.

Since the development of the Arts Office in Westmeath in 2001, the County Council has expanded its support for and contribution to the arts in County Westmeath. The County Arts Office aims to promote access, appreciation, awareness and enjoyment of the arts for all citizens of County Westmeath and also aims to stimulate interest in and promote the knowledge and appreciation of the Arts throughout the County.

Services Offered

 

Cavan County Council Arts Service is the local government agency charged with leading the development of the arts in the county. We advocate the importance and value of the arts and promote their practice and development. We advise government and others on the arts as required by the Arts Act 2003. We invest public monies allocated by government in supporting artists and arts organisations to make work of excellence and in other actions consistent with our remit.

We work in partnership with the Arts Council, Department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and with other government departments as well as agencies and organisations within and beyond the cultural sector.

Cavan Arts Service with Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board (CMETB) and Cavan and Monaghan County Council through Local Arts and Education Partnership are aiming to enhance opportunities for children and young people through The Arts in Education Charter.

The objectives are:

Cavan Arts Office are working with CMETB Lead partner and Monaghan County Council and Music Generation head office to develop performance music and promote music education for children and young people in counties Cavan and Monaghan.

Through Peace IV Cavan Youth Arts Lab, Cavan Arts Service provides specialist youth arts programmes for young people to make exciting work in theatre, dance, music, drama and visual art, creating profound cultural memory.

Monaghan County Council Arts Service recognises the potential of the arts as a tool to enhance the wellbeing of students in our education system and add value to the core curriculum through engagement with professional artists. Promoting the arts in education has the potential to create a lasting legacy for our younger generation. In recent times this important work received a critical boost through the development of the National Charter for Arts & Education. The charter was adopted by the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. It has been adopted at local level by the Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board (ETB) to meet identified needs. An Arts in Education Officer has been appointed and an Arts in Education Partnership has established to advance this agenda. Monaghan County Council is a partner in this initiative.

Our objectives are to increase opportunities for engagement in the arts by both the communities and pupils in schools and we take a long-term strategic view in planning for and investing in the arts for children and young people. We have put in place strategic partnership agreements with relevant local agencies for jointly planned and funded initiatives to extend and expand arts outreach opportunities.
We promote and support involvement in the arts by children and young people in the following ways:

The commitment in the Creative Ireland Programme is that by 2022 every child should have the opportunity in accessing tuition or engagement in music, drama, art and coding. Creative Monaghan will support and collaborate, where feasible, with the Arts in Education Charter and The Creative Youth Plans through strategic local partnerships and alliances.

Sligo County Arts Service works in partnership with key stakeholders to deliver a high quality arts service for the people of Sligo and to promote greater public involvement in the arts in a wide range of settings. The Arts Service also works with the arts community to promote culture and creativity as an expression of contemporary Sligo at national and international level.

Sligo Arts Service provides opportunities for children and young people to participate in arts and creativity to enable self-expression, enhance learning and further the exploration of personal and social identity as they grow and develop. Programmes which are specifically delivered in schools are as follows:

Primary Colours is an exciting children’s arts education programme developed around the visual arts curriculum delivered by a panel of practising artists. The programme works with Sligo Primary Schools. 3rd -6th class students and their teachers are invited to take part in a specially curated gallery exhibition tour/workshop followed by school based workshops. Primary Colours enriches the primary school visual arts curriculum through workshops, exhibitions and teachers packs. These packs and further information can be down loaded from www.primarycolourssligo.ie.

Music Generation Sligo delivers a range of long-term music education projects for children and young people as part of a national Music Generation programme initiated by Music Network, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, The Department of Education & Skills and Sligo Music Education Partnership. MGS is managed and funded locally by Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB, Sligo County Council, Sligo Education Centre, Sligo County Childcare Committee, Cranmore Regeneration and the local music sector. Since 2011, MGS has developed programmes to address access to instrumental and vocal tuition and performance by children and young people in their own communities.​ The programme reaches approximately 4000 children annually. Discovering Music is delivered to almost 3000 children and young people including childcare, pre-school, primary school and post primary school. The programme is developed and delivered by progessional musicians to support and enhance the music curriculum, working in partnership with teachers.

Sligo Arts Service is a member of the Creative Ireland Culture Team in Sligo County Council and committed to engaging with and supporting the work of Creative Associates and schools participating in the Creative Schools Initiative. Sligo Arts Service works closely with Sligo Education Centre in planning for and delivering the above programmes as well as TAP – the Department of Education’s Teacher Artist Partnership CPD Programme.

The Arts Office is responsible for arts provision in the county and has a comprehensive Arts-in-Schools Programme in South and South West Donegal

Mr. Traolach O’Fionnan, Arts Officer, Rosemount, Letterkenny
074 9121968

traolach@donegalcoco.ie
http://www.donegalcoco.ie/culture/arts office

This annual festival is held each Autumn at The Linenhall, Castlebar Co. Mayo.

RoolaBoola is one of the leading children’s arts festivals in Ireland. The celebrations include a selection of the highest calibre national and international children’s theatre, music and dance shows as well as other arts events, including children’s book readings, films, exhibitions, street performances and a multitude of hands-on arts workshops in a range of media for children and their families.

 

 

Cork Midsummer Festival is an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival that uses the city as its backdrop and inspiration. It provides high-quality arts events, both national and international, for audiences of all ages including a dedicated family programme. Its programme provides opportunities for significant public participation and engagement, supports the development of emerging artists across all artforms, and provides a unique platform for work by local and national artists.

SprÓg Childrens Festival at Spraoi.

SprÓg continues to be the best fun in Waterford for children and their families in the week before and during the Spraoi Festival, generously supported by Sanofi & Calmast at the Science Outreach Centre at Wateford Institute of Technology.

 

 

An annual celebration of theatre, music, performing arts, family arts, street performance and visual arts.

The Clonmel Junction Festival offers a number of participatory projects each year to primary schools, secondary schools, community groups and various other local organisations. These projects can range from visual art to spoken word, dance, theatre etc.

 

Carlow Arts Festival marks a special time in the town’s annual calendar, providing an opportunity for everyone to experience something out of the ordinary, soak up the celebratory atmosphere and be part of the thrill of knowing that in the hands of exceptional artists anything is possible.

 

Fresh Film Festival works in film provision for children & young people aged 7 – 18 years. As a national organisation based in Limerick it:

The longest running community arts festival in Ireland, Clifden Arts Festival takes place each Autumn and includes a dedicated programme of events for children and families.

Community Arts Week began life as a week-long celebration of the arts for the children of Clifden Community School – helping to develop artistic and social skills, and provide an outlet for self-expression and development. Over the years Arts Week at the school gave such pleasure to the greater community that an encompassing and fervent support network grew around it, allowing it to develop.

Audiences can expect a very high quality artistic programme with a superb literary, musical and visual art content with the community arts of Clifden and the surrounding hinterland as a central focus. With creative writing, music, theatre and film workshops and performances taking place in the local schools during the festival.

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children is Ireland’s flagship international arts festival devoted exclusively to children and families. Its multidisciplinary arts extravaganza takes place every October in Galway, Ireland. Baboró’s mission is to inspire children to engage with the world through their experience of the creative arts.

Baboró aims to ensure that each festival experience is a rich cultural encounter for its young audience members, inspiring them to engage, to question and to have fun and memorable experiences.  This is achieved through Baboró’s arts-in-education strategy, which includes pre and post engagement activities, an annual CPD for teachers and much more.

Baboró aims to support artists and educators in their endeavours to inspire children through their creative arts experiences.

Baboró’s Aims:

SUPPORT

ENGAGE

DELIVER

The Junior Galway Film Fleadh which is part of the Galway Film Fleadh is a innovative film festival aimed at young people of all ages and abilities. We screen films made by young people for young people alongside an extensive programme of eductional screenings (Irish language features, shorts, world cinema in French, German and Spanish, animation and coming of age dramas) plus workshops and a storytelling competition.

Running for 4 days in November, the festival is curated with young people in mind and celebrates the magic and power of cinema in educating, entertaining and informing. Collaboration with Schools – The Junior Film Fleadh runs an programme of schools outreach screenings in German and Irish language specifically targeted to rural and disadvantaged schools. The films are chosen in association with Goethe Institut Irland and Foras na Gaeilge and discussion and workshops are offered after each screenings. Resource (study guides) are also produced to support the outreach programme. The outreach programme is aimed at secondary school students (ages 13 – 17 yrs old) and takes place from November to January each year. In the past we have also run week long filmmaking workshops in city and county schools with professional tutors in which a short animation, drama or documentary is produced. Each year the festival is put together in association with our Youth Council – a group of young people attending schools in Galway and the surrounding area. Their input is highly valued in creating our festival.

Programmes across all art forms featuring theatre, music, visual arts, opera, street spectacle, dance, discussion and comedy

 

Earagail Arts Festival is a bilingual (Irish and English language), multidisciplinary summer festival which takes place each July throughout County Donegal along the Wild Atlantic Way on the north-west coast of Ireland. The festival brings inspiring performers to this captivating European frontier, showcases artists native to the area and provides opportunities for cultural exchange, in venues from purpose built theatres and galleries, to village halls, forests and beaches, creating a unique cultural experience in the most unlikely of magical places.

Each year the festival programme includes family and children-centred events and workshops

A pro-active arts development organisation working with professional artists, local communities, schools and youth groups

01 4528180

www.tallaght-arts.ie

 

Cork Community Art Link is a community arts organisation and a registered charity based in Blackpool, Cork city. We encourage meaningful collaborations between artists and people that result in the creation of great art, bringing creativity to places where people live, work and play.

We engage with people to create a sense of community identity, collective pride and cultural inclusion, enabling them to learn more about themselves and the world around them while having fun.

Established in 1993, Cork Community Art Link has developed a strong artistic commitment to participatory work that is viewed in the public space. Engaging with people in their everyday life or as part of public, celebratory events, our work has developed from a need to provide more diverse opportunities and access to the arts for the people of Cork as both audiences and makers.

Founded in 1989, Galway Film Centre is a non-profit, members based organisation dedicated to the development of film as an artistic medium in the West of Ireland. To this end, we support filmmakers, community and youth groups through education and training, equipment provision and information.

 

Cork Film Centre is a resource-based organisation, focused on developing, promoting and facilitating the advancement of creative film and video making. It provides support and access to resources for filmmakers, artists, animators, and those engaged in multi-disciplinary work involving the moving image, with special emphasis placed on developing the area of youth filmmaking. The Film Centre is a not for profit organisation. Services include education, equipment hire, advice and information for artists and filmmakers.

Fighting Words unleashes the creative potential of young people by providing free tutoring and mentoring in creative writing and related arts. Our aim is to help children and young people, and adults who did not have this opportunity as children, to discover and harness the power of their own imaginations and creative writing skills.  At its core, Fighting Words is also about something much broader and more inclusive. It is about using the creative practice of writing and storytelling to strengthen our children and teenagers – from a wide range of backgrounds – to be resilient, creative and successful shapers of their own lives.

Fighting Words hosts workshops for primary school kids, secondary school kids and adults with special needs. We host a wide range of special projects and programmes for children and teenagers at weekends, midterm breaks and summer holidays. These can be focused on graphic fiction, scriptwriting/film-making, songwriting, playwriting, journalism, media, radio drama, memoir…. School workshops run for 2 hours, and a typical class of 25/30 students would have a team of ten volunteer tutors, allowing 1-3 support. As much of the creative material as possible is published, either digitally or in hardcopy.

Fighting Words has a formal partnership with the Institute of Education at Dublin City University, working with trainee teachers to help to identify greater opportunities for creative practices within the formal education system.

West Cork Music was established in 1995 and has grown from a small voluntary organisation to a company which is dedicated to bringing the highest calibre of musical & literary experience to Ireland.

Through our education activities, within and outside our festivals, we set out to foster music appreciation in school children; support and train pre-professional classical and traditional musicians; encourage aspiring adult writers, and cultivate a love of reading and writing in young people.

Festival Workshops ~ A rich and varied programme of events & workshops for adults and young people at our inspiring West Cork Chamber Music & Literary Festivals ~ June – July

Read On ~ Inspiring young people across Europe to read ~ Year Round

Tuning Up ~ Tuning Up is a music-in-schools programme which aims to bring students face-to-face with the best Irish performers of both the classical & modern repertoire – September – February

Retreats ~ Springboard – A West Cork Music Retreat ~ March

Cork Orchestral Society presents top-quality classical music of all kinds to the city of Cork, from spellbinding chamber music to spectacular orchestras.

www.corkorchestralsociety.ie

The West Cork Education Centre has a long history of involvement with the arts and it has a strong partnership with the Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen. Together the West Cork Arts Centre and West Cork Education centre run projects collaboratively.

We run courses and projects in the following areas:

 

Waterford Teachers’ Centre support the Arts curriculum by providing workshops and Summer courses, facilitated by local teachers who have expertise in the area of the Arts, covering all strands of the Visual Primary Curriculum, also the Music curriculum and on occasion, Drama.

The Centre supports a Teachers Creative Writers group which this year published an anthology of work, ‘Teachers Who Write, an Anthology’ along with contributions from many other teachers around the country.

A number of choirs involving local teachers use the Centre as a venue for rehearsal.

The centre also engages with and funds the CRAFTed initiative where by a local craftsperson provides a craft and design programme in primary schools where pupils can engage in a hands-on ‘in classroom’ collaborative process and experience the learning and engagement in the learning process.

Waterford Teachers’ Centre are also part of the Teacher-Artist Partnership (TAP) arts in education initiative that trains teachers and artists to work collaboratively together to provide a 20 hour residency in an area of the Arts in the teachers class.

The centre also this year engaged with and supported the Creative Cluster initiative, which allows clusters of schools to identify an area of the Arts that they wish to develop in their schools and to carry out this project as a group with the support of an experienced Arts facilitator.

Providing local supports to teachers and schools in the catchment area

St Patrick’s Primary School, Dublin Road, Tuam, Co. Galway
(093) 25877

tuamedcentre@eircom.net
www.tuamec.ie

Providing local supports to teachers and schools in the catchment area

St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
(086) 6008860

info@tippec.ie
www.tippec.ie

Tarbert Education Centre is a part time education centre providing local supports to teachers and the wider community of Tarbert

Comprehensive School, Tarbert, Co. Kerry
(069) 60005

tarbertec.ias@eircom.net
www.tarbertesc.ie

Sligo Education Centre support the Arts curriculum by providing workshops and Summer courses, facilitated by local teachers and artists who have expertise in the area of the Arts, covering all strands of the visual arts, music and drama curriculum at Primary and Post-Primary level.

We engage with outside agencies such as The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, The Arts Council, The Heritage Council, Sligo County Council Arts Service and Sligo Music Generation.

We offer schools the opportunity to participate in various national initiatives such as:

 

Navan Education Centre is located in the heart of Meath, a region with a rich history of the arts and culture evidenced in numerous ancient artworks and monuments scratched out in our local landscape. We support the arts in education through a range of programmes, initiatives and partnerships. We engage with local partners and experts in our regions and in our Gaeltacht areas in order to develop and design local projects, to facilitate training workshops and to support primary and post primary school communities through a diverse range of activities including music, drama, visual arts, art & technology, dance, cinematography, craft and design, choral training and fine arts.

We are involved in numerous education projects focussed on the arts and are delighted to engage on these with local artists, musicians, dancers and craft workers. We have been involved in exciting joint projects with the Solstice Theatre for movie making, the Heritage Council for design projects and the Arts Council for teacher and artist partnerships. We deliver a wide range of programmes, initiatives and projects that focus on the needs of schools and the broad learning framework developed in schools across the Arts. We have also developed a number of programmes aimed at personal development, like Cór na Bóinne, a local choir for teachers and school community members to connect wellbeing and the arts. We place high value also, on the deep heritage and history of art in this region, from prehistory to date and we try to ensure that we continue to honour this heritage in some of our local projects for schools.

Monaghan Education Centre support the arts in education by providing workshops and Summer courses, facilitated by local teachers who have expertise in the area of the Arts, covering many strands of the curriculum as the need arises.

The centre acts as a meeting point for local Art teachers to host their community of practice meetings.

The centre also engages with and funds the CRAFTed initiative where by a local craftsperson provides a craft and design programme in primary schools where pupils can engage in a hands-on ‘in classroom’ collaborative process and experience the learning and engagement in the learning process.

Monaghan Education  Centre are also part of the Teacher – Artist Partnership (TAP) arts in education initiative that trains teachers and artists to work collaboratively together to provide a 20 hour residency in an area of the Arts in the teachers class.

This year we are supporting the Creative Cluster initiative, which allows clusters of schools to identify an area of the Arts that they wish to develop in their schools and to carry out this project as a group with the support of an experienced Arts facilitator.

Locally we co-ordinate the Write A Book Project in the primary schools of Cavan and Monaghan and the Féile Dramaíochta Gaeilge is a feature of our Seachtain na Gaeilge celebrations.

 

Providing local supports to teachers and schools in the catchment area

Westport Road, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
(094) 9020700

eolas@mayoeducationcentre.ie
www.mayoeducationcentre.ie

Providing local supports to teachers and schools in the catchment area

1st Floor, Marshall House, Dooradoyle, Limerick
(061) 585060

info@lec.ie
www.lec.ie

Laois Education Centre promotes the arts at both Primary and Post-Primary level.  Our aim is to ensure that teachers and schools receive supports in various strands of The Arts that will further their capacity to teach these strands at Primary and Post-Primary level.

We engage with outside agencies i.e. The Arts Council, The Heritage Council, Laois County Council Arts Officer etc.

We offer schools the opportunity to participate in various national initiatives such as:

We also offer local courses such as film, music, and art courses covering all strands of the Primary Curriculum.

We invested heavily as part of the Laois Commemoration of the Centenary of the 1916 Rising in a collaborative Laois Post-Primary schools project. This was unique as all Post-Primary schools in the county participated in this project. As a result, on entering Laois Education Centre you cannot but be impressed by the large ceramic wall sculpture “looking Back – Looking Forward”.  By means of visual imagery, it tells the complex story, in its own unique way, of 1916 and beyond, of the heroes and the ordinary man, of the everyday artefacts and of the symbols of past and future all of which have made our Nation what it is.  It was a mammoth ask of all involved, starting with a blank canvas, teasing our possible ideas, problem, solutions and outcomes for the group of 12 teachers and thirty one student ambassadors from their respective schools.

Providing local supports to teachers and schools in the catchment area

Seville Lodge, Callan Road, Kilkenny
(056) 7760200

kecsec@eircom.net
www.eckilkenny.ie

Kildare Education Centre provide local supports to schools, teachers, parents, board and other relevant persons which support them in carrying out their functions in respect of the provision of education in our catchment area. Our Arts Education Strategy promotes innovative and enriched arts practice in school communities; provides CPD to achieve high quality arts in education opportunities; encourages the up-skilling of teachers at primary & Post-Primary levels and building the capacity in our schools to deliver enriching and enhancing arts experiences for students.

This includes:

Providing local supports to teachers and schools in the catchment area

An Chúilín, An Daingean, Co. Chiarraí
(066) 9151866
iocdad@eircom.net

Providing local supports to teachers and schools in the catchment area

Gort a’ Choirce, Tír Chonaill, Contae Dún na nGall
(074) 9165556
Mobile: (087) 1825358

inmr@eircom.net

Providing local supports to teachers and schools in the catchment area

Aird Thiar, Cárna, Conamara, Co. na Gaillimhe
(087) 7916876

imchonamara@hotmail.com

Galway Education Centre supports the arts in education in a variety of ways, including through the provision of opportunities for professional development for school leaders and teachers in a range of related pedagogical, curricular and educational areas at primary and secondary level.

Galway Education Centre works in collaboration with national educational organisations such as the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST), National Council for Special Education (NCSE), Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT), National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and others to provide an integrated and cross-sectoral CPD service to support the arts in education for schools.

Galway Education Centre is involved in many projects and initiatives:

CRAFTed: The promotion of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland’s Primary Schools Visual Arts education based programme which brings a local craftsperson, teacher and pupils together to work collaboratively on a craft and design programme in primary schools. Participating schools are invited into the Centre to showcase their work and to talk about the process involved in creating their work of art.

Teacher-Artist Partnerships (TAP): The co-ordination of the Teacher Artist Partnership at local level which provides the opportunity for schools to work collaboratively with artists in specific areas in support of the Arts in Education.

Creative Clusters: The promotion of the Creative Clusters initiative whereby schools work collaboratively on creative projects with the support of expertise from the local community.

Continuing professional development in the arts in education: the provision of a variety of courses in the arts in education, including visual arts, music and drama. Courses in these curricular areas are included as part of the summer, autumn and spring programmes.

The Dublin West Education Centre is a statutory body funded by the Department of Education Skills. It is a member of the network of thirty Education Centres nationally, which acts as a strategic resource for the Department. The Centre provides services for schools, teachers, parents, boards and other relevant persons which support them in carrying out their functions in respect of the provision of education which is recognised for that purpose by the Minister.  The Centre provides Continuing Professional Development (CPD)  for teachers and school communities.  It promotes the Arts at both Primary and Post-Primary level and engages the Arts Council, South Dublin County Council Arts Officer, etc.

We offer schools the opportunity to participate in various national initiatives such as:

and provide local courses covering all strands of the Primary Curriculum.

Drumcondra Education Centre supports the Arts at both Primary and Post-Primary level.  Our aim is to ensure that teachers and schools receive supports in various strands of The Arts that will further their capacity to teach these strands at Primary and Post-Primary level.

We offer schools the opportunity to participate in various national initiatives such as:

 

Donegal Education Support Centre is an open and innovative Centre which inspires and supports teaching and learning in the educational community. The Arts are an integral part of the cultural, tourism and economic development of our catchment area of Co. Donegal. Therefore, our programme of local courses, initiatives and projects are offered in collaboration with the Arts and Heritage Officers and the many local arts organisations who support us to deliver high quality opportunities to local schools and teachers. The Centre is heavily involved in the CRAFTed Programme.

The CRAFTed Programme gives primary school children and teachers an exciting opportunity to explore their creativity and learn new skills by working with local professional craftspeople in the classroom. Participating schools work closely with a local artist in a very hands on initiative with children’s work being showcased an annual event in the Cultural Centre each May. Donegal Education Support Centre are also part of the Teacher-Artist Partnership (TAP) arts in education initiative that trains teachers and artists to work collaboratively together to provide a 20 hour residency in primary schools.

We also support clusters of schools, through the Creative Cluster scheme, to work together to progress creative projects and to experiment, innovate and collaborate on the design, implementation and evaluation of a collaborative creative learning project. Schools have access to creative people, skills and resources from their local communities.

Here in Donegal, we are fortunate to have fabulously talented crafts and art people who share their expertise in local classrooms and work closely with our teachers throughout the county, providing local supports to teachers and schools in the catchment area.

Cork Education Support Centre supports the Arts in Education through the provision of opportunities for professional development for teachers, engagement in projects such as Teacher/Artist Partnership (TAP), Creative Clusters and Summer courses. Our TAP courses and Creative Clusters are very well attended and supported by Cork City Council Art Department. We have a very proactive artist base in Cork that cover a wide variety of mediums such as Drama, Poetry, Visual, Puppetry and Music.

Teacher Artist Partnership summer courses offer an opportunity to explore an arts-in-education initiative where artists and teachers train to work in partnership in a primary school setting. The TAP Residency programme is a fully funded in-school opportunity to work collaboratively in the classroom for the following academic year. The programme aims to improve literacy, numeracy and wellbeing in the classroom environment whilst also allowing students and pupils alike to explore their artistic talents.

The Creative Clusters Scheme forms part of the Creative Youth plan to enable the creativity of our children and young people. There is a grant available to participating schools and Clusters can consist of primary schools only, post-primary schools only or a combination of primary and post primary schools, with a minimum of three schools participating and a maximum of five. This programme provides an opportunity for clusters of schools to experiment, innovate and collaborate on the design, implementation and evaluation of a bespoke creative learning project, with access to a specialist facilitator, artist or creative expertise in whatever their own chosen area of interest or theme might be. These resources help the schools build a programme of learning and activities tailor-made for their students.

Providing local supports to teachers and schools in the catchment area
Milehouse Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

 

Clare Education Centre supports the arts in education through the provision of opportunities for professional development for teachers, engagement in projects, promotion of STEAM activities and hosting classes for enjoyment in art, painting, music and drama.

Clare Education Centre actively promotes the CRAFTed initiative where a local craftsperson provides a craft and design programme in primary schools where pupils can engage in a hands-on ‘in classroom’ collaborative process and experience the learning and engagement in the learning process.

Clare Education Centre coordinates locally the Teacher – Artist Partnership (TAP) arts in education initiative that trains teachers and artists to work collaboratively together to provide a 20 hour residency in an area of the Arts in the teachers class.

Under the auspices of Clare Education Centre, schools are encouraged and facilitated to participate in the Creative Clusters initiative, which allows clusters of schools to identify an area of the Arts that they wish to develop in their schools and to carry out this project as a group with the support of an experienced Arts facilitator.

The STEAM project at Clare Education Centre, encourages and supports schools in active engagement with STEAM initiatives through modelling, peer teaching, demonstrations and active discovery.

In addition to the provision of continued professional development courses for teachers in areas of the arts, Clare Education Centre also provides art classes for pleasure.

 

Providing local supports to teachers and schools in the catchment area

Cavan & Monaghan Education & Training Board (CMETB)
Church View Square, Church Street, Cavan

(049) 4332259
info@cavanec.ie
www.cavanec.ie

Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre supports the Arts in Education through the provision of opportunities for professional development for teachers, engagement in projects such as CRAFTed, Teacher Artist Partnership (TAP), Creative Cluster and various Summer and local courses.

CRAFTed is the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Primary School Visual Arts based educational programme. It promotes learning through creativity and innovation, placing professional craftspeople to work alongside teachers in primary schools. It focuses on integrated learning methodologies through the Visual Arts Curriculum, using a process-led methodology that focuses on the child’s own creativity.

Teacher Artist Partnership offers teachers the opportunity to explore the nature and educational value of partnerships between teachers and artists in supporting arts education in schools. This course potentially improves literacy, numeracy & well-being in all schools including DEIS. Many schools across the country are engaged in projects with artists, ranging from one-off artist visits to longer term projects, and in a variety of art forms. Teacher/Artist Partnership looks at the ways in which working with an artist in school can be enhanced in order to provide meaningful experiences for children and a lasting impact on school practice. Particular emphasis is on the role of the teacher and artist, their unique contributions to projects and the significant benefits that can accrue from a dynamic teacher/artist relationship in the planning and implementation of projects. Placing the teacher/artist project within the overall arts curriculum in schools and exploration of practical issues are central.

We also support clusters of schools, through the Creative Cluster scheme, to work together to progress creative projects and to experiment, innovate and collaborate on the design, implementation and evaluation of a collaborative creative learning project. Schools have access to creative people, skills and resources from their local communities.

Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre offers a variety of artistic workshops in the Summer and various local workshops are run throughout the year.

Providing local supports to teachers and schools in the catchment area

Kilkenny Road, Carlow
Tel: (087) 2079448

cec@iol.ie
www.eccarlow.ie

Blackrock Education Centre supports the arts in education in a variety of ways, including through the provision of opportunities for professional development for school leaders and teachers in a range of related pedagogical, curricular and educational areas at primary and secondary level.

Blackrock Education Centre works in collaboration with national educational organisations such as the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST), National Council for Special Education (NCSE), Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT), National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and others to provide an integrated and cross-sectoral CPD service to support the arts in education for schools.

Blackrock Education Centre is involved in many projects and initiatives:

CRAFTed: The promotion of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland’s Primary Schools Visual Arts education based programme which brings a local craftsperson, teacher and pupils together to work collaboratively on a craft and design programme in primary schools. Participating schools are invited into the Centre to showcase their work and to talk about the process involved in creating their work of art.

Teacher-Artist Partnerships (TAP): The co-ordination of the Teacher Artist Partnership at local level which provides the opportunity for schools to work collaboratively with artists in specific areas in support of the Arts in Education.

Creative Clusters: The promotion of the Creative Clusters initiative whereby schools work collaboratively on creative projects with the support of expertise from the local community.
Continuing professional development in the arts in education: the provision of a variety of courses in the arts in education, including visual arts, music and drama. Courses in these curricular areas are included as part of the summer, autumn and spring programmes.

Links with 3rd level colleges: Blackrock Education Centre works in partnership with the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) on a number of summer and term time courses. We are located in the grounds of the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) and we also have established links with IADT in the arts and with their film studio for the FIS (Film in Schools) programme.

Athlone Education Centre supports the arts in education in a variety of ways, including the following:

CRAFTed: The promotion of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland’s Primary Schools Visual Arts education based programme which brings a local craftsperson, teacher and pupils together to work collaboratively on a craft and design programme in primary schools. Participating schools are invited into the Centre to showcase their work and to talk about the process involved in creating their work of art.

Teacher-Artist Partnerships (TAP): The co-ordination of the Teacher Artist Partnership at local level which provides the opportunity for schools to work collaboratively with artists in specific areas in support of the Arts in Education.

Creative Clusters: The promotion of the Creative Clusters initiative whereby schools work collaboratively on creative projects with the support of expertise from the local community.

Continuing Professional Development in the Arts in Education: The provision of a variety of courses in the Arts in Education, including Visual Arts, Music and Drama. Courses in these curricular areas are included as part of the Summer, Autumn and Spring Programmes.

Links with Féile Ceoil na Scoileanna Átha Luain: Athlone Education Centre has a long standing association with Féile Ceoil na Scoileanna Átha Luain, which provides schools with the opportunity to promote the Arts in Education, including poetry, music, drama, mime and recitation.

Links with the Royal Irish Academy of Music: Athlone Education Centre is used as an examination venue by the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Co-founded by The Arts Council and Trinity College Dublin in 1978, The Douglas Hyde Gallery is a contemporary art gallery within the grounds of Trinity campus. Alongside a diverse programme of developing, producing and presenting innovative Irish and international exhibitions, the Gallery runs a Learning and Engagement programme that seeks to open out discussion around the exhibitions.

This programme includes free screenings, talks, tours and other events by artists, curators, academics and others. The programme makes connections across disciplines and forms, bringing different creative languages into a broader conversation around the function of art and the role of the gallery.

The knowledgeable and friendly Gallery team regularly offer free tours of our exhibitions to second and third level students, particularly sixth year art students preparing for the gallery question in the Leaving Certificate.

Through the learning and engagement programme, The Douglas Hyde Gallery actively engages with a diversity of communities, from the student and academic community in Trinity, to communities in the wider city, nationally and internationally.

The RHA supports children and young people to engage in our exhibitions, studio and wider programmes through a variety of channels. A current strategic focus for the organisation is to develop our younger audiences, in particular those in second level education and youth projects. We are currently building a number of strands of programming that will support this aim, which includes the development of a secondary school arts in education programme. Over an extended period we aim to develop long term relationships with the students and art teachers in three inner city schools, this will include annual artist residency projects, one-off exhibition and studio visits at the RHA, professional development days, where students will meet with staff from the RHA to learn about their career paths and daily work, and work experience placements. This new strand builds on previous projects with Ringsend College funded by Mayson Hayes & Curran and Loreto College, St Stephen’s Green.

We also support primary school children to engage with art practice through one-off exhibition tours and studio visits. With additional resources, we would seek to expand our primary school programme to include longer term projects.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios has been developing close connections with inner city schools since 2013, at both primary and secondary level, through our Creative Generations programme and more recently through collaborations with Education Curator Katy Fitzpatrick and Philosopher Prof. Aislinn O’Donnell and their Art and Philosophy in the Classroom project. We aim to support children and young people to directly encounter high quality art and to develop their skills working with professional artists and art practitioners.

We work with schools through one-off exhibition and studio visits, and longer-term outreach projects (both on and off-site) taking place over 4 – 8 weeks. Visiting the gallery and the artist’s studio gives an insight into the ways that artists work and how artwork is presented in a gallery space.

Our Creative Generations programme of artist residencies involves TBG+S studio artists working collaboratively with children over 8-weeks to create an ambitious new artwork for their school.

The Art and Philosophy strand of programming engages students with a gallery based exhibition, through discussion, art and performance activities, philosophical inquiry, and art making.

The Education Programme encourages individuals and groups to engage with photography through a broad range of activities.

 

Limerick City Gallery of Art places education and learning at the heart of its programming agenda with an Access Programme running in conjunction with its exhibitions.

The Model: home of the Niland Collection is a dynamic and innovative centre for the contemporary arts in the North West. It is a multi-disciplinary space, led by visual art, with a particular interest in programming exhibitions, performances, music and film that coalesce and find new platforms for engagement, learning and artistic expression.

Education and community is at the core of what we do, providing a social space for communities to meet, dialogue, engage, create and participate in the arts.

Regional Cultural Centre is a multi-disciplinary arts facility developed by Donegal County Council. It presents a programme of exhibitions, concerts, film, digital media and education and outreach.

The centre incorporates a first floor art gallery, an auditorium with 150 retractable seats and full cinema facilities, three multi-purpose workshops, two dedicated digital media suites, two small music rehearsal rooms and two foyer galleries. An ongoing programme of local, national and international art exhibitions is presented throughout the year.

The RCC has an extensive education and community arts programme. and is dedicated to making
the building and its services accessible to the widest possible range of people with a particular emphasis on access, cultural diversity and social inclusion, engagement, participation, education and training. The Centre organises schools’, children’s and family events including the annual Wainfest for children each October in partnership with DCC Cultural Services. Youth arts events in the RCC are organised in partnership with Donegal Youth Services, Donegal Youth Council and Donegal Travellers Project including the annual DYS Rock School each summer.

The RCC also hosts a wide range of weekly community arts activities organised by Cara House Family Resource Centre and others, and regular workshops and events held by cultural, educational, community development and health organisations throughout the year.

Programming includes exhibitions, artists’ residencies, workshops, training, research, masterclasses, talks and symposia

New Line, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim
071) 985 5098

www.leitrimsculpturecentre.ie

The Lime Tree Theatre is a 510 seat theatre, situated on the campus of Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. Opened in 2012, the theatre also programmes and manages the Belltable in Limerick city centre and has a significant focus on work with and for children and young people both in and out of education settings:

Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival is a legacy festival from Limerick City of Culture 2014. The annual festival takes place over two weeks in October in the Lime Tree Theatre | Belltable. A variety of shows for children of all ages take place across the two weeks for families and schools. Artists also visit a number of schools each year.

Bualadh Bos Summer Camps take place at the Lime Tree Theatre for the first two weeks in July. We target primary level students (first to sixth class) in exposing young curious minds to the performing and visual arts. Our team of experienced facilitators focus on developing confidence, creativity and teamwork through drama, singing, dance, puppet making and arts and crafts.

A wide variety of family and schools shows take place during the year. These shows target children of all ages and interests.

 

Pavilion Theatre is located in Dún Laoghaire, a picturesque seaside town situated just 13 km south-east of Dublin city centre. Our programme covers a huge range of events with theatre, music, comedy, dance, literary, talks and family shows all well represented.

Arts in Education is something we believe in, and this is reflected in our activities.

Many of our family events for young children include schools’ performances, while we have long facilitated the staging of works on the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate curricula.

Through our Patron Donation Award and Studio Space Award we have supported the development of high-quality educational theatre by, for example, Branar, Bombinate Theatre, Game Theory and Anna Newell.

Friars’ Gate Theatre is an intimate venue in the heart of County Limerick.  We host an ongoing programme of events including theatre, music, film and festivals.

Over the past twenty plus years, Friars’ Gate has presented a busy and diverse programme as well as an education and outreach programme bringing an eclectic artistic mix and teaching of the highest standards to a wide rural audience.  We are dedicated to running a successful, thriving theatre and arts centre which is an asset to all members of the community and a haven of cultural and artistic activity.

We run weekly drama, singing and art camps led by professional facilitators throughout the academic year as well as summer camps.

Cork Opera House (COH) and University College Cork (UCC) are involved in a partnership to educate and inspire the next generation of arts managers, creative practitioners and professionals.

The collaboration establishes COH as the world’s first Learning Theatre. This partnership aims to enrich the student experience in UCC and positively impact both organisations; facilitating new learning and artistic experiences for Cork audiences. Combining synergies and expertise from both organisations to give better value for public funds. Facilitating new creative practice opportunities and preparing industry experienced arts graduates.

UCC students can avail of a city centre venue for dissemination of creative practice research in the form of talks, workshops, symposia, master classes, pre & post-show talks with invited professionals and share the output of academic research with the public.

To find out more about their Masters in Arts Management and Creative Producing, please follow this link.

The epicentre of activity for virtually all of Galway’s key festivals and cultural events including Baboró Festival for Children.

Graffiti Theatre Company is a professional theatre company that creates Theatre for Young Audiences – aged 0 to 18. We are also home to Activate Youth Theatre (15 to 18) Activate Pre-Senior (13 to 15) and Activate Junior (10 to 13) which provide weekly drama workshops that lead to productions. We value participation and champion young voices. Our aim is to provide access to theatre and creativity to all children and young people regardless of social, economical, educational or physical barriers.

Our Creative Learning programmes are delivered in creches, primary and post primary schools. They include: BEAG an early years project which delivers creative encounters in creches, Fighting Words at Graffiti which is a partnership with Fighting Words, delivering free creative writing workshops to primary and post primary students and our Young Playwrights Programme in partnership with the Everyman Theatre and Cork Midsummer Festival.

We provide a range of outreach workshops: Wellbeing, Anti Bulling, Moving On and Raising My Voice. Our You Get What You Give workshop series in partnership with CIT focus’s on setting goals in education for transition year students. We believe that arts provision should be FOR children and Young People as well as BY children and Young People.

 

Theatre Royal works to contribute to the advancement of arts and arts education through the promotion and encouragement of cultural and artistic activities.

Through its programme of activities, the theatre supports the creation and presentation of the arts across a range of artforms and arts practices.

Theatre Royal strives to be at the heart of its community. It stirs emotions, entertains, enlightens and informs its wide reaching audience and is recognised for supporting and nurturing community theatre, those involved in amateur theatre and fosters a love of theatre for young people.

The Shakespeare Review

The Theatre Royal’s Shakespeare Review programme works with teachers, Shakespearean actors and experienced young adult theatre facilitators to review the current Leaving Certificate text. The bold and exciting ninety-minute performance of Hamlet helps students gain a deeper understanding of Shakespeare’s iconic masterpiece by lifting the play off the page and onto the stage, making it accessible for students as they start their exam revision. The actors vividly present key scenes on stage which are then explored in detail by the facilitator between scenes, bringing to life Shakespeare’s vibrant characters.

“Discussing the scenes in a modern way made it very easy for the students to relate to.” – Tipperary Teacher

“Excellent ideas for classroom approach.” – East Cork Teacher

“Enjoyable and worthwhile, gave students a focus for study and revision” – Waterford City teacher

Theatre Skills Mentoring Programme

Theatre Skills Mentoring Programme is an exciting opportunity for young people in partnership with educational, artistic and financial partners and presented by Theatre Royal.

This initiative aims to:

– Deliver a practical and hands on experience for young people who wish to gain further experience in arts practices under strategically laid out modules.
– Provide young people who have a keen and real interest in developing arts skills with learning opportunities and professional supports.
– Ensure that the collective expertise and skills shared amongst Waterford’s arts professionals are transferred to emerging arts practitioners – creators, leaders, makers – those who want to learn.
– Create comfortable scenarios for reflective evaluation throughout the entire process on all levels.

15 week module with learning opportunities under the following roles

❖ Production & Stage Management – incorporating practical technical skills

❖ Theatre Design – for set, costume and props

❖ Event/production Development, Script Writing, Direction and performance

❖ Event Management – incorporating budget, scheduling, discussion & meetings

❖ Arts Marketing, Promotion & Sales

This initiative will encourage combined thinking as a ‘production company’ and with mentoring support from arts professionals and venues will provide each individual with the opportunity to fully realise their creative potential.

Interactive Tours @ Theatre Royal for Young People

Bring your students into the heart of Waterford’s iconic cultural building. Let them experience a fun, imaginative and exciting onstage drama workshop. This 80-minute visit will incorporate a backstage tour and will provide them with an opportunity to experience a live working theatre, hear its stories and ask questions about the building and how it operates.

Our tour guides and drama facilitators look forward to welcoming your group.

Suitable for ages 8 to 18 and for TY’s, Primary Schools, Language Schools, Youth Groups.

“It was a pleasure to be at the Theatre Royal, the drama facilitator did a great job with the students. They all learnt a lot. I think you do a great job organizing these activities with kids, as they learn self-confidence and love for drama. It will be a pleasure to be back in Waterford soon.” Adventure Programme H4 Facilitator, Summer 2018

€7 per student, we welcome groups of 20 or more and can facilitate large numbers over 2.5 to 3hour sessions.

To book and for more information contact Anouschka, tickets@theatreroyal.ie or by phone on 051 874402.

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre hosts a year-round programme of events including theatre, music, film, dance, comedy and festivals.

Educational strands run through many of the events and festivals for which Birr Theatre acts as a hub including Scripts Playwriting Festival, OFFline Film Festival and  Birr Festival of Music & Voice.

Birr Theatre runs summer camps including School of Rock, a vocal, instrument, song-writing and industry-based camp for teenagers age 14-19, facilitated by a music professional. A Chance to Dance is a summer camp for children age 6+ with special educational needs supported by Birr Stage Guild, Birr Municipal District & Birr Lions Club hosted by Birr Theatre with a trained facilitator.

Hullabaloo!, Offaly’s Children’s Arts Festival is coordinated by Offaly County Council Arts Office and Birr Theatre & Arts Centre. Birr Theatre acknowledges the support of the Arts Council.

The Hawk’s Well Theatre has been entertaining Sligo audiences for over 35 years. We share our passion for theatre, music and the arts by presenting inspiring, imaginative and engaging performances that reflect the vibrant culture of our community.

Our Mission Statement:
To produce and present inspiring, imaginative and engaging performances and embrace the vibrant culture in Sligo by providing a creative space for performance, collaboration and learning.

Our Artistic Policy: Inspiring, Creating and Entertaining

Inspiring: to provide a welcome, friendly venue for the community of Sligo and the North West which gives artistic opportunities to performers in the community and to inspire people of all ages to engage with the Arts through workshops and events.

Creating: to produce and co-produce new, innovative work by emerging and established artists and support their development.

Entertaining: to present an artistic and vibrant programme with the best in contemporary and classical work across various art forms.

Backstage Theatre’s stated mission is to promote the development of the arts by presenting a high quality, diverse and innovative programme of arts activities which is valued by and engages the community we serve and which provides a platform and resource for artists and companies to present their work. One of our objectives, in pursuance of this mission, is to provide a platform for local arts practice, encouraging and facilitating participation in the arts locally as audience and active practitioners. To this end we strive to ensure that policies and programmes are developed to provide access and interactive participation for education in drama and performing arts to schools and young people.

Our annual programme includes:

 

 

A youth drama programme with regular drama workshops for children

Main St, Virginia, Co Cavan

(049) 854 7074

www.ramortheatre.com

Arts in Education strategy for the Garage Theatre centres around finding meaningful opportunities to foster the inherent and instrumental benefits of the arts, culture and creativity into lifelong learning for children and young people. At the Garage, we programme events bringing children and young people into our wonderfully creative space to engage with the arts. A key strategy of finding new, exciting partnerships whilst also strengthening existing ones.

Current programing includes:

 

An Grianán Youth Theatre is based at An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny, Donegal. Affiliated to Youth Theatre Ireland, it offers excellent tuition in a professional theatre environment. Classes are held throughout the school year for ages 7 to 21. Students are introduced to key drama skills including stage craft, creative play, performance development, confidence building, team work and social skills development. Live performance lies at the heart of the youth theatre – from small showcases to full scale productions and in special projects such as Cruinniú na nÓg and the Earagail Arts Festival. It is also an ideal stepping stone for those wishing to go on to study acting, theatre and performing arts at third level.

 

Riverbank Arts Centre works in partnership with international, national and local artists to deliver an accessible and consistently high quality arts programme in an intimate environment. We provide a multi-disciplinary programme which includes theatre, cinema, comedy, music, dance, workshops and visual arts. With a dedicated children’s gallery and programming of high quality theatre and workshops for younger audiences, Riverbank is also committed to promoting early engagement with, and access to the arts.

Riverbank Arts Centre is active in contributing to the development of quality arts programmes for children, including children with a wide range of needs. Programmes and performances are being offered to engage children with Autism and PMLD (profound & multi learning difficulties) with the needs of the child placed at the centre of the programme and the emphasis placed on high quality arts. Collaborations with Theatre Lovett, Fidget Feet and Anna Newell lead to a strong programme of quality theatre for younger audiences. Outside of the theatre programme Riverbank also offers a strong visual arts programme and is developing an interactive programme across literature, digital arts, science and performance for 2-16 years. We partner with the IFI for educational screenings. In addition, we have a strong literary programme for young people. We are the Kildare partner for Fighting Words and programme creative writing workshops for primary and secondary schools. We also programme one-off events and workshops, including recent schools’ events with writers Sarah Webb and Padraig Kenny.

In recent years we have co-produced, commissioned and supported numerous productions and projects for early years and young audiences and we are contributing to artform development through both presenting new work and through actively supporting and engaging in collaborations, co-productions and residencies.

Riverbank Arts Centre strategic focus and commitment to developing a core programme for young and early years audiences has been crucial to our ability to engage with the wider community and to create a platform for inclusion of children and young people in the cultural life of their community both through spectatorship and through participation.

As a venue we are constantly evolving the ways in which we connect with schools and enhance and engage with arts education in the classroom. In 2019, Riverbank Arts Centre joined the Creative Schools programme. A core staff member of our team has been appointed as a Creative Associate and will be working directly with selected schools towards developing an integrated arts in education strategy.

 

Rua Red 2017 – 2020 Programme

New Programme, New Vision

In October 2017 Rua Red embarked on a new high profile International Exhibition Programme and surrounding Education and Outreach Programme. The new programme focuses on the importance of People, Politics and Place and is specifically tailored to Rua Red as it is designed and developed around important issues that are significant and meaningful to the people of South Dublin County.

The new exhibition programme is in partnership with the London based non-profit organisation ‘a/political’ who collaborate with internationally renowned socio-political artists. ‘a/political’ initiate and tour large-scale projects world-wide and produce ambitious projects outside the controls of the contemporary art market. a/political represent a number of high profile international artists such as Ai Wei Wei, Andres Serrano, Santiago Sierra, Gustav Metzger, Barbara Kruger, Shiran Neeshat and Andres Molodkin many of whom have never exhibited in Ireland before.

Draiocht – Space for Vision



OUR VISION 


Our vision is of an Ireland where everyone has the opportunity to enjoy and be enriched by the arts.

OUR MISSION

Draíocht means magic. 
Our name gives us a clear mission: to share the magic of the arts.

We do so in three ways:

One of our 5 Strategic Priorities is CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE and specifically Giving children and young people a voice. Draiocht’s Goal is to enable art for, by and with children and young people.
Our belief in the value of the arts for children and young people as well as the demographics of the area drives this priority for us. We want to offer every child and young person ongoing access to the arts in a safe and stimulating environment where they feel free to be their creative selves. Our work will be informed by what we know but, more importantly, will respond to what the younger members of our community tell us is relevant and of interest to them. In doing so, we will uphold our position as a model of best practice in arts provision for children and young people.

What we are setting out to do to achieve this goal:

How we will know we have achieved this goal?

 

Read Draiocht’s New 5 Year Strategy ‘Space For The Arts’ 2018-2022 here:
https://www.draiocht.ie/content/files/Draiocht_Strategy_2018-2022_FA_(WEB).pdf

Project is Ireland’s first arts centre: an independent and ambitious multidisciplinary organisation in the heart of Dublin that houses a year-round programme of exhibitions, dance, theatre, opera and other performance events. Project is a home for contemporary arts, a producing house, a resource for artists and a critical hub, working with artists across all art forms to make and present extraordinary work that inspires and provokes.

 

We believe fundamentally in the transformative power of art, and that the artistic community can be a powerful and profound force for change. Influenced, inspired and shaped by our location in the heart of Dublin city and the diversity of people who live here, our reputation and influence reaches nationally and internationally.

 

Audience engagement is at the heart of what we do. We want to find out more about what our audiences think about the work that we are creating and to make meaningful connections between them, us and the artists we champion. Through our Project Artists initiative, access programmes, partnerships with secondary schools and community outreach schemes we encourage, nurture and advocate for all forms of artistic development across all ages and audiences.

 

We believe in the potential of every individual. Our access programmes creates opportunities for secondary school students to see professional work, to participate in workshops with presenting artists, and to partner with artists on creative projects. Many of the artists we work with have extraordinary track records working with community and youth groups and we are keen to bring this experience and commitment to young adults. Our aim is to provide the next generation of Irish audiences and artists with the opportunity to make work that is relevant to their lives and for which they have a sense of authorship. We are motivated by the importance of arts and creativity in secondary education, and invested in creating opportunities for young people to explore their creative potential, bringing them to the heart of Project.

Axis as a learning organisation provides opportunity across age contexts for people to explore their creativity, leading onto the development of skills and experience in a chosen artform or project. Axis has a huge focus on work with and for children and young people both within and without education settings:

 

 

The Outreach & Educational Programme works with schools, youth services, adults and disability groups

Main Street, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow

(0402) 38529

www.courthousearts.ie

Iona Cultúrtha promotes high quality arts in the Gaeltacht and encourages public interest and participation in the arts

Baile Mhúirne, Co Chorcaí

026 45733

www.ionadculturtha.ie

Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre is a publicly funded arts facility that creates opportunities for the people of West Cork to have access to, and engagement with local and global arts practice of excellence.

Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, Education and Community programme provides an important resource and support for artists living and working locally and nationally. It presents creative engagement opportunities for communities that increase arts participation and make accessible, critical cultural experiences for a rural community.

West Cork Arts Centre works with local, national and international artists, arts organisations and other agencies to present a high quality visual art and dance programme that offers the people of West Cork a broad and in-depth experience of contemporary arts.

Creative learning is at the heart of its activities with a wide range of events, workshops, community-based projects, partnership programmes, screenings, seminars, talks and tours on offer throughout the year. The unique and enriching opportunity to experience and work with real artworks and live artists is explored through many of its integrated and inclusive programmes.

Our multidisciplinary Artists’ Residencies provide space and support for artists to work, network, collaborate, develop projects and engage directly with the public. Having artists working on site creates unique opportunities for people to experience how artworks develop over a period of time.

Triskel Arts Centre is a vibrant cultural HUB in the heart of Cork City celebrating 40 years in 2018. The main auditorium Triskel Christchurch is a multidisciplinary space housed in a fully refurbished neoclassical Georgian Church.  This state of the art venue which launched in 2011 features a rich bill of live music, cultural cinema, visual art exhibitions and literary events. Triskel runs a second contemporary art room Triskel Gallery Space.  Our education strategy is to hold talks, workshops, master classes, school screenings in line with our programme and to engage with education establishments in order to respond to the needs voiced by them.  Since our return to Triskel in 2011, our motto has been ‘we are open – seven days a week’.

 

Sirius Arts Centre is a multi-disciplinary arts organisation in the Cobh-Glanmire municipal district of east Cork. It is housed in a beautiful Italiante building that was designed by Anthony Salvin in 1854 to house the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest in the world. For thirty-one years the building has housed the Sirius Arts Centre; an organisation that is dedicated to the facilitation and development of artistic expression on a local, national and international stage. This is the only organisation of its kind in the east Cork area.

Sirius serves as an intermediary between art and the public that endeavours to raise public awareness of art including additional community programming that encourages exploration through direct participation in the arts. Each year Sirius offers a number of participatory projects as well as tours tailored to each exhibition to local primary schools, secondary schools and youth groups.

Established in 1985 and next year celebrating thirty five years in business, Waterford Youth Arts is one of Ireland’s oldest and leading youth arts organisations. Catering for over 300 young people each year aged between 3 and 19 years, WYA offers the opportunity to explore the world of the arts in a fun and engaging way.

Running a series of workshops year-round for all skill levels in Visual Art, Creative Writing, Film, Youth Drama and Dance, young people are taught by experienced tutors who all have years of experience in their respective fields. The arts is a proven way for young people to develop confidence, uncover hidden talents and make some great friends.

But that’s not all, WYA also runs special events including productions, exhibitions, new publications of young writing, films and gives young people the opportunity of working with arts professionals from the industry. There are also lots of chances for young people to explore the technical and support sides to arts events including production, lighting, sound and PR.

 

 

 

 

Garter Lane Arts Centre is a vibrant and thriving venue for visual arts, theatre, dance, comedy, music, film and literature in the heart of Waterford City. Garter Lane Arts Centre welcomes over 30,000 visitors annually and is supported by the Arts Council, Waterford City Council, the Department of Social Protection, its Patrons and Friends. Garter Lane Arts Centre has been at the heart of the community of Waterford for over 30 years, through its diverse year-round programme of exhibitions, performances and outreach programme. Our outreach programme includes a diverse range of creative activities for babies, toddlers, children and their families, young people, artistic practitioners and senior citizens.

The aim of Garter Lane’s Education/Outreach Programme is to create opportunities for a wider community in engaging with the arts and to generate an access point where people can interact with artists in meaningful ways not only as participants but also as creators.

The centre’s youth arts programme includes Excel Dance School and Excel Youth Theatre

Mitchell St, Tipperary

Phone:(062) 80520

www.tipperary-excel.com

Visual arts education is at the core of the Wexford Arts Centre programme. We strive to support and promote arts education in the county, working with the belief that the arts are essential for young people offering an open platform for self-expression, communication and understanding of the world that surrounds them. The arts can provide an inclusive learning environment for young people. The Wexford Arts Centre aims to help its young participants realise their own abilities, develop social skills and remind them of their unique talents and strengths in a calm and supportive environment.

Our education and engagement activities for children and young people are designed to foster critical thinking and creative self-expression and to experience the arts as a valuable way of thinking about the world. Our activities are artist-led and focus on actively engaging with and responding to VISUAL’s exhibition programme to experience the meaning and relevance of contemporary arts practice in everyday life.

 

Annual programme:

• Parent and toddler make and do
• Free drop-in make and play space in the galleries around season exhibition themes, with worksheets to assist children in independently exploring exhibition themes through creative play.
• Primary school creative workshops developed around season exhibition themes.
• Curriculum-based Schools programme of Junior and Senior Cycle intensive workshops in visual arts, plus curriculum-based theatre productions and film screenings with study aids.
• Skills-based work placement programmes for TY and Further Education.
• Annual partnership with Carlow Kilkenny ETB for artist-led students project in response to exhibition programme.
• Dancehall Youth, teen dance group who engage with and respond to contemporary dance practice, in partnership with Dance Company United Fall.
• Carlow Youth Theatre supported through provision of office, workshop and theatre space and reduced tickets to selected national touring drama.

 

In addition to the annual programme, we also develop specific activities for children and young people in response to particular aspects of our exhibition programme.

In 2018, this included:

• Creativity and Engineering project for primary schools, in partnership with Engineers Ireland, as part of Spring exhibition themes of engineering and technology.
• The Sandwich Project – food production and sustainability project for primary school children by artist Lisa Fingleton, as part of summer exhibition themes around sustenance.
• Town Planners – schools engagement programme and Summer Camp to empower creative participation by young people in their built environment, in partnership with Workhouse Union
• Artist Residency – Claire Breen has developed an indepth relational engagement programme for primary schools to develop connection and participation with the socially-engaged practice of Marjetica Potrc and the exhibition theme of shelter.

2019 activities will include:

• Towns and Villages outreach project for County Carlow around biodiversity and town planning
• Music-based youth engagement programme around Summer 2019 exhibition themes of gathering and sharing culture
• Art and philosophy programme for young people around Autumn exhibition themes of wellbeing and the institution, in partnership with Superprojects

 

The Source Arts Centre opened its doors on 2nd October 2006 and has firmly established itself as one of the best live venues in the heart of the country. The Source Arts Centre comprises of a 250 seat theatre, visual art gallery, community studio space and café/bar.

The Source Arts Centre aims to provide the people of Tipperary and its hinterlands with a cultural facility offering an engaging and diverse programme of events across many art forms. Alongside the presentation of professional, new and innovative work, and its commitment to developing a broad audience for the arts, The Source also has an open door policy to regional groups, encouraging interaction in the life of the centre through a variety of activities.

Artistic Policy 2013 – 2019
The Source Arts Centre aims to create a vibrant ’go-to’ space for the arts.

The Source Arts Centre aims to 1.Engage. 2. Enrich 3. Enliven audiences in Thurles and throughout this region of Tipperary.
In addition to presenting a high quality touring programme of the best on offer across art form on the Irish circuit and internationally where possible, we place a high value on community participation and engagement with our venue. We aim to be the centre where audience and artists collide, interact, inform, enrich and present. With a focus on theatre, families, music, film and dance, in addition to a superb visual arts space, we aim to find new and lasting collaborative approaches with the local professional and amateur artistic community. We aim to create an arts infrastructure which supports and mentors professional artists working in the locality, as resources permit.

Dunamaise provides artists’ talks and workshops for school groups and after school art classes for children

 

 

glór offers regular cultural programming for younger audiences and we work with all major local and national cultural organisations, to offer suitable programming for primary and post-primary schools.

In tandem with regular young audiences’ programming, recent initiatives include, glór’s Arts Schools programme (GASP), partnering with local primary and post-primary schools to offer incentives to regularly attend events in our artistic programme at discounted rates and to offer on-site performance where available; Rithimí Nua with The Irish World Academy of Music, which is a series of free lunchtime concerts showcasing emerging trad talent and regular talks and tours to accompany glór’s visual arts programme.

 

A multifaceted Arts and Heritage Centre housed in a renovated weaving factory on Inis Oírr Island.

 

Galway Arts Centre comprises of 3 galleries showing national and international contemporary arts, working with professional artists in ranging art forms for exhibitions, usually supported by auxiliary events involving talks, symposia, music, story-telling and screenings.

It provides a Visual Arts access point for all audiences, encouraging and nurturing all forms of artistic activity, facilitating emerging artists and arts groups, heightening awareness of the arts via its education programme, and providing access to its facilities for all community sectors.

Galway Arts Centre offers exciting visual art programmes, and partnerships with several Galway Festivals including Cúirt International Festival of Literature, TULCA Festival of Visual Art, Baboró International Arts Festival for Children and Galway International Arts Festival.

Education initiatives include Galway Youth Theatre, Cúirt Labs and gallery tours and workshops for primary and post-primary schools.

Galway Youth Theatre

Galway Youth Theatre is a vibrant arts resource for young people in Galway. The Theatre was set up in 1991 with the aim of providing a safe environment where young people could gain access to the arts through a theatre training programme. The training allows the participants to acquire new skills in performance and to develop their confidence and self-esteem. GYT offers its main service provision to young people in Galway city but also facilitates programmes throughout Galway County.
GYT provides a two year performance programme that aims to give participants training in various performance disciplines, from characterisation and voice work to physical movement, stage combat and improvisation. Past participants include Tommy Tiernan and Paul McClusky.
GYT actors have gone on to work in theatre, advertisements and TV programmes such as Game of Thrones and Ros na Rún. GYT also runs an outreach programme in County Galway, where professional directors and actors travel to schools and work on tailor made programmes for post-primary students.

Cúirt Labs

Taking place every April during the Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Cúirt Labs is an innovative programme for primary and post-primary students. Students attend talks, workshops and readings designed specifically for the Labs, in English and Irish, with writers, illustrators, musicians, video game designers, clowns, architects and artists.
The Labs take place in the Galway Arts Centre where three floors of gallery space become custom made spaces for inventiveness and imagination. The first two days of the Labs cater for primary school level and the third day is dedicated to post-primary pupils. Cúirt Labs also run in-school events in County Galway for primary and post-primary schools.

Leaving Cert Art History Study Day

Every year Galway Arts Centre hosts a study day refresher course for Leaving Cert Art History & Appreciation students. The course takes the form of two lectures which cover Art in Ireland and European Art (1000AD – present). These lectures function as intensive revision sessions focusing on key points – they are not intended as introductions to the topics. Hand-outs for each theme, designed in conjunction with the National Gallery of Ireland, are provided. This is followed by a visit to the Galway Arts Centre where students cover question three the ‘Visit to an Art Gallery’ question in Section III.

Post-Primary Schools

Galway Arts Centre runs gallery visits for secondary school groups. These visits are designed around each individual group, taking into account what stage of the curriculum the students are at and what they are interested in learning more about. The visits can be specifically geared towards specific learning objectives prioritised by the teacher or can simply be a way to encourage students to engage with, discuss and appreciate art.

Primary Schools

Galway Arts Centre welcomes primary school groups to visit the gallery, particularly if an exhibition is especially suited to children. Exhibition visits generally incorporate a guided interactive tour followed by a workshop designed specifically for the group. The visits are planned prior to the event in conjunction with the teacher, in order to give a high quality, tailor-made experience to the group. Specific once-off projects with primary schools, involving all pupils, have also been designed with teachers.

Galway Arts Centre also works in collaboration with Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Tulca Festival of Visual Art & Galway City & County Libraries on gallery visits and workshops.

Solstice is committed to developing arts in education opportunities for schools and teachers. We currently run a large arts in education programme, providing access for both Primary and Secondary Schools to the arts through tours, talks, workshops and events. We focus on creating connections for schools and teachers to practicing artists, facilitating understanding and enjoyment of our exhibitions and events and also engaging students practically with art making in the centre. We are currently developing our Schools programme to include educational resources for teachers in Meath. This will allow us to further interpret our exhibitions for schools and to engage relevant elements of the Primary and Secondary School Curriculums in more detail, a specific focus of this is Leaving Certificate, Art Appreciation. We hope to also develop creative CPD opportunities for Primary & Secondary teachers within Solstice to encourage and support engagement with the arts in the classroom. We welcome any feedback or engagement from teachers, schools and other cultural organisations to assist us in developing our programme to meet their needs.

 

 

Dedicated to the memory of master uilleann piper and folklore archivist Séamus Ennis, The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre (SEAC) is a multi-disciplinary arts centre with a year-round programme which includes music, cinema, comedy, theatre, family events, workshops, art exhibitions and educational talks.

Arts in education is reflected in many of SEAC’s activities. Our school of music runs throughout term-time and provides tuition for both children and adults in tin whistle, flute, uilleann pipes, fiddle, banjo and guitar. The end of year concert provides an opportunity for young musicians to showcase their talent to an appreciative audience of family and friends. SEAC also hosts weekly classes in Irish Dancing in addition to children’s summer camps which incorporate dance, singing and drama.

A wide range of art and craft workshops for both children and adults take place throughout the year with many seasonally themed workshops taking place around Easter, Halloween and Christmas. Children’s camps also run during summer holidays. These fun, engaging, hands-on classes provide attendees with an opportunity to gain a variety of new skills in a safe and supportive environment.

SEAC is supported by Fingal Arts Office and The Arts Council.

 

Droichead Arts Centre is a major cultural hub in the North East, welcoming an audience of over 30,000 in 2018. The multi-disciplinary arts venue and gallery in Drogheda hosts live music, international cinema, award-winning theatre & contemporary art exhibitions.

It is the also the home of the Droichead Youth Theatre, one of the most active and successful youth theatres in Ireland. The centre provides an ambitious Outreach Programme for Young People & Children, including free workshops in schools during Leanbh Children’s Festival and in the gallery for secondary schools. The Centre also hosts a wide range of free interactive events, tours and workshops throughout the year, ensuring that access to arts and cultural work is freely available and accessible to all children.

Droichead Arts Centre is committed to supporting artists in the North East region. As well as actively programming local artists into its calendar of events throughout the year, the centre also supports work through a number of residencies and “in association” programmes. The centre is a registered charity and a much loved and used resource for the people of Drogheda and its surrounding areas.

The Linenhall Arts Centre’s overall mission can be summed up as Arts for All at the Linenhall. We consider our work with schools hugely important.

Our programme for schools includes:

The Dock is part of the fabric of the wider arts and enterprise community of Carrick on Shannon and the North West region supporting local arts initiatives and local enterprise including the many superb festival events taking place in the area.

A key element of The Dock’s overall artistic programming policy is to ensure that we provide opportunities for people of all ages and in particular, young people, to engage meaningfully with the artistic programme we provide.

The Dock offers a broad, year round programme of high quality visual arts, theatre, literature, performances, music and dance, talks, classes, youth arts, family and child-orientated days and arts leisure/learning activities from the very best of local and visiting artists and we endeavour to ensure that an educational strand is woven into the overall fabric of what we offer. To this end the centre develops classes, masterclasses, workshops and courses many of which are designed specifically with younger audiences in mind. To deliver these programmes we employ professional artists and practitioners who bring knowledge, expertise and a genuine aspiration to make the arts accessible to all through their work. In addition to bespoke educational projects The Dock hosts senior, intermediate and junior youth theatre.

The Dock works both as a receiving and development venue, offering audiences diversity and quality of arts experiences.

Mullingar Arts Centre’s principle mission is to promote the performing arts through participation, education, engagement and experience of professional performances. In particular to foster an awareness of the arts in young people as participants, students and audience members. There are several different programmes which enable young people engage with the performing arts.

Our regular annual programme for young people includes the following;

Tuition in music, drama and dance to schools via an Education Outreach Programme to primary schools.

The School Show project allows all primary schools stage a large scale production of a popular musical at the centre. All costumes, props, sets, lighting, choreography, music and direction are provided by the centre.

The centre works in collaboration with secondary schools to stage drama and musical productions.

Music in the Classroom gives schoolchildren knowledge of the mechanics of a concert band, and in association with the army band an experience of a concert band performance.

In addition to Stage Schools in Mullingar, the centre operates Stage Schools throughout the Midlands thus allowing equal access to the arts for children in rural villages. All participants take part in stage productions annually.

Access to all dance forms through the three Dance schools are within the centre.

The Youth Group and Mullingar Student Players stage a drama and a large scale musical every year.

Ballina Arts Centre is access-driven and participatory in ethos. Since its inception, it has developed and maintained strong links with a number of local community groups, schools and educational organisations.

The centre also plays host to a number of local dance, drama and music schools and organisations. These groups use the building regularly and feel very much ‘at home’ at the centre.

Ballina Arts Centre is a partner in two highly successful youth arts projects – The Core Youth Music Hub (in partnership with Music Generation Mayo) and Mayo Youth Theatre (in partnership with Mayo County Council).

The Core is a creative space for young musicians, under the auspices of Music Generation Mayo and housed within the centre. At The Core, young musicians can express themselves and work on their music. The building has a dedicated rehearsal space with lots of instruments (including electric guitars, drums, piano and synths, as well as a range of amplification, PA, and studio recording equipment). Members of The Core have access to a range of performance opportunities and industry workshops.

Mayo Youth Theatre was established in 1999, and is based in Ballina Arts Centre. Through the promotion and support of quality youth theatre, emphasising personal and social development, Mayo Youth Theatre provides access to drama for those aged 14 – 20 years old. Opportunities for learning are maximised by linking with other youth theatres, through travel and annual productions. These productions are developed and presented at the centre.

As part of the centre’s education programme, the venue presents workshops, talks, and seminars around the visual art exhibition programme.

With support from Access Cinema, Ballina Arts Centre also presents an annual children’s film festival, Embers, which incorporates educational schools screening.

The Glens Centre works very closely with local primary and secondary schools. It provides space for weekly theatre workshops for transition year students and also free masterclasses with professional theatre practitioners. We operate two youth theatres, one senior and one junior, from September to April.
Annually, we programme two on-site residencies for primary schools in literature & music. Schools are facilitated with a number of shows in-house whereby they can avail of our auditorium with full technical back-up.

Based at Balor Arts Centre, Balor Developmental Community Arts Group (DCA) runs a number of arts in education projects. With the kind support of local, national and international funding bodies, the Balor DCA has a celebrated history in running educational projects across the North West of Ireland.

Music in Action

The Balor DCA provides expert educational music schemes. All of these lesson plans are based on the ‘Primary Schools Curriculum’ arts education text. We believe that learning through the arts enlivens instruction, increases student involvement, and deepens both the meaning and memory of the learning at hand. Our educational music worker is Seamus Curran, who has been involved with Balor in a number of different guises, from musical director to actor. He has worked in primary schools for the last three years on various musical projects. The Balor DCA is delighted to have the opportunity to expand its arts-in-schools programme with Music in Action schemes of work. The Music in Action programme is a blend of music and education that is child-centered and suitable for all ages. The programme takes place over eight weeks with classes of one hour in duration per week. Areas covered include the introduction to musical instruments, song-writing, practice and performance as well as a focus on life skills such as concentration, observation, speaking and listening, co-operation, team building and – most importantly – creative thinking.

Drama in Action 

The Drama in Action programme is a blend of drama and education that is child-centered and suitable for all age groups. This programme takes place over eight weeks with classes of one hour in duration each week. Like Music in Action, there is also a focus on life skills, including co-operation and team building and sequencing of ideas. Educational drama can also be used as an effective educational tool to explore issue-based themes, linking with other curriculum subjects such as those covered in the Social, Personal & Heath Education curriculum.
The students who have participated on this programme have shown definite improvements in concentration skills, creative thinking, listening skills, class participation, problem solving and teamwork. The programme allows teachers to experience first-hand the implementation of drama methodologies in their own classrooms.

 

The Ark is a dedicated cultural centre for children that creates opportunities for children, along with their families and friends or with their school, to discover and love art. Through their work with leading Irish and international artists, children can enjoy performances in their unique child-sized theatre, view engaging exhibitions or participate in creative workshops.

Welcoming audiences from the ages of 2-12, The Ark runs on a programme to programme basis so every visit is different. Activities span across all areas of The Arts including but not limited to, Theatre, Music, Visual Art and Film. While the majority of programming comes directly from The Ark, partnerships with many of the major cultural festivals contributes to the diversity of events offered. Throughout the year you are bound to find a programme to match the tastes and interests of the young people in your lives. For the very young, The Ark offers monthly Seedlings workshops for children from ages 2-4. These are led by an Artist in Residence whose expertise lies in arts and culture for early year’s audience. The art form explored changes with each Artist in Residence.

With dedicated schools events incorporated into much of the main programme, The Ark aims to provide access to the arts to as many children as possible. They aim to facilitate in-the-classroom learning through the provision of resource packs for as many of The Ark’s events as possible and support teachers in their delivery of the curriculum through arts experiences and activities with their class.

The Ark is also dedicated to Continuing Professional Development for both teachers and arts practitioners. They host a wide range and of one day and week long CPD courses throughout the year as well continuing to create new opportunities for artist development.

For up to date information on the current Ark programme, visit their website or give their lovely Visitor Services Team a call on the number below.

 

Fingal is defined by its rural, urban and suburban landscape, culturally diverse communities and a significant youth population, of which 30% is younger than 18 years of age.

Fingal County Council Arts Office has made cultural provision in their annual arts budget for children and young people since its inception in 1994.  The dedicated Youth & Education Officer post was established in 2005 and the first Youth & Education Policy passed by council in 2010.

Fingal Arts Office 2018 – 2025

Our Strategic Goals

We have determined four areas of work that we will focus on in the lifetime of our new County Arts Plan 2018 – 2025.  By concentrating on these areas we will be true to our purpose and realise our mission and vision, so advancing Fingal as an exceptional county to live in, work or visit.

Making SPACE for art

Through investment in infrastructure and in the creation of opportunity we will have ensured a place for the arts in peoples’ lives.

Connecting PEOPLE and IDEAS

People are confidently and imaginatively coming together through the arts.

Enabling EXCELLENCE

Fingal is known for its great artists and art.

Developing OUR CAPACITY

Fingal County Council and its Arts Office have the knowledge, skills and resources to deliver this plan.

The Youth & Education Programme

The Youth & Education Programme works across art forms and engages with both formal and non-formal education sectors. The programme has propelled the development of arts and education at local level by:

 

The Education Centre, Tralee is a statutory body funded by the Department of Education Skills. It is a member of the network of thirty Education Centres nationally, which acts as a strategic resource for the Department. The Centre provides services for schools, teachers, parents, boards and other relevant persons which support them in carrying out their functions in respect of the provision of education which is recognised for that purpose by the Minister. The centre, with its sister centres in Tarbert and Ionad Oideachais Chorca Dhuibhne, provides Continuing Professional Development (CPD)  for teachers and school communities. The centre supports educational change at national, regional and local level in various ways. With reference to the Arts Curriculum, the centre’s strategy promotes innovative and enriched arts practice in school communities, the upskilling of teachers at primary & post-primary levels and building  the capacity in our schools to deliver enriching and enhancing arts experiences for students.

The Education Centre Tralee is the Arts in Education administrative base for all 21 full time ATECI Education Centres.

 

 

Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board was established on 01 July 2013 under the Education and Training Boards Act 2013 and replaces County Cavan VEC and County Monaghan VEC.

What we do: 

We provide a wide range of services across the counties of Cavan and Monaghan including second level schools, further education colleges, adult education services, Youthreach, youth services, outdoor education, prison education and arts education.

Goals and Objectives

Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board (CMETB) will, in partnership with Cavan County Council and Monaghan County Council:

Local Arts in Education Partnership (LAEP) – Rationale

The rationale for the establishment and development of a Local Arts in Education Partnership (LAEP) in the CMETB region is to nurture and support new relationships that will develop a shared responsibility for the delivery of arts in education that embraces visual, performing and literary arts. CMETB is the lead partner in the Local Arts in Education Partnership.

Current LAEP Projects include:

 

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council recognises the importance of life-long learning and the positive impact that early intervention has to address education inequality. Cultural education aids the vision of the Council’s Development Plan for the County to possess the best quality of residential life by 2022.

In line with this vision dlr Arts Office supports and funds a range of arts in learning contexts for early years children, primary school children and young people.

Services and supports include:

Mermaid Arts Centre opened in 2002. It is a leading space where ideas, creativity, imagination and artistic expression find a natural home. We make and present excellent cultural experiences which delight, engage and inspire.

Mermaid exists as a place of interaction between artists and the public. Artists and audiences are at our heart and we are a space for fun, entertainment and for making and enjoying art. The Centre exists to enrich the communities of County Wicklow, by providing and encouraging participation in quality artistic experiences as a leading centre for the arts in Ireland.

Underlying and informing our vision and our remit are three core pillars of activity:

• CREATE a hub for creative entrepreneurs in Wicklow
• PRESENT wide ranging programme across disciplines
• ENGAGE communities and build networks

This season (and onwards!), Mermaid aims to focus our attention on programmes of activities where we provide opportunities for young people to develop their creative potential with projects like Fighting Words – Youth Playwrights Programme, Spokenword Project and Youth Film Making Project.

Throughout the academic year we partner with the Irish Film Institute to screen films for junior and senior cycle students which include French, Spanish and German films.

Arts in Education initiatives include the Thinking Visual programme for secondary schools

Jenny Sherwin – Arts Officer
The Arts Office, County Buildings,
Whitegates,
Wicklow Town,
Co. Wicklow.

wao@wicklowcoco.ie.
0404 20155

www.wicklow.ie/arts-office

We at The Civic accept our responsibility as a nationally funded and locally placed arts facility to provide for the citizens in our community. In so doing, we fulfill stated objectives in The Arts Council’s Making Great Art Work, The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s Culture 2025 and the government’s legacy programme for 2016, Creative Ireland.

The arts in education charter identifies two strands to arts in education practice:  one involving interventions by the arts world into the domain of formal education, and the other involving students engaging with the arts in the public domain, usually in publicly- funded arts venues, both local or national.

The Civic Theatre’s arts in education programme, Tenderfoot is an example of the latter. Tenderfoot is unique in providing a space where young people can make art without restriction.  This sacred space is made possible by the collaboration between the arts and education sectors. Tenderfoot, utilising a model of apprenticeship, provides a rare space where the professional artist engages meaningfully with members of the public, in this case young people, resulting in the development of new artistic voices.

Unique in its scale, Tenderfoot works on the model of work experience that underpins most transition year programmes. We provide a three week, full time work experience module for our students in January each year. During that time our young people behave as a youth theatre ensemble, rehearsing, designing and performing a number of the plays that they have written. Plays that reflect their experiences, their lives and how they see the world. These plays perform to two distinct audiences; an audience made up of the young people’s peers and a general theatre audience.

It is estimated that, to date, Tenderfoot has directly and indirectly impacted in excess of 11,000 young people in the South Dublin County Council region.

 

The vision at the Sligo Academy of Music is to foster a lifelong love and appreciation for music, by providing quality music tuition and performance opportunities for all, in an environment that nurtures creativity and excellence and encourages students of all ages to achieve their musical goals.


!!!! The Everyman, Cork

The Everyman – The Beating Heart of Theatre in Cork 

We deliver an ambitious annual programme of work in a beautiful venue that serves the audience of today and builds the audience of the future. The Everyman is a centre of excellence for theatre that engages with and reflects the artistic and civic life of Cork and beyond.

Currently our marketing manager is a Creative Associate as part of the Arts Council’s Creative Schools Programme. Arts in Education is something we believe in and this is reflected in our activities at The Everyman.

In 2019, 10,000 students from schools and colleges attended a show at The Everyman.

There were 22 Post-Show Talks and 35 Behind the Scenes Tours.

!!!! TULCA Festival of Visual Arts

!!!! The Hunt Museum

Education at The Hunt Museum means using the collection, expertise and enthusiasm of the museum and its partners to provide learning opportunities for the widest possible range of audiences and at all educational levels. We offer a variety of fun and educational tours, workshops and integrated learning sessions for primary school pupils. We believe that museums are a very special place for learning and engagement. Activities in the museum can complement the curriculum, inspire your class and increase their understanding of the past while providing a fun day of learning outside of the classroom.

Alongside our Museum programming we offer a range of different loan boxes and outreach programmes. Our Loan Boxes contain an array of handling material, activity resources, and Teacher Packets which can be used in the classroom to bring the past to life.  These are suitable for use in both Primary (4th, 5th and 6th) and Post-primary settings.

!!!! Roscommon Arts Centre

Roscommon Arts Centre believes arts programming for children and young audiences are an integral part of our organisation. 20 productions aimed at school audiences will take place in 2018. The Bookworms Festival which is organised between the arts centre and the arts office sees a number of shows and workshops for children, including off-site visits to rural schools where artists work with children on projects and events. In response to the Arts Council’s assessment of the festival last year, the 2018 programme included readings by author Siobhan Parkinson Lollipops Festival.

Our Lollipops festival runs throughout the month of October with a number of school shows planned. We rolled out our ‘Wheels on the Bus’ initiative in 2017 which will continue in 2018. This initiative, funded by Creative Ireland, allows us to offer reduced ticket prices to rural schools who need to hire transport to attend arts centre events, making our programme more accessible.

We work closely with children’s practitioners and theatre makers, offering space to research and develop work for our young audieces. To date we have worked with Branar Theatre Company, Monkeyshine Theatre Company, Anna Newell, Andy Manly, Thomas Johnston, Paul Curley and Julie Sharkey who are all creating work for young audiences.

We pride ourselves on the relationships that we have built with schools in the county and neighbouring counties and we look forward to that relationship continuing to flourish in the years to come.

!!!! The Glucksman, UCC

The Glucksman is a contemporary art museum in the historic lower grounds of University College Cork. Designed by O’Donnell + Tuomey architects, the gallery has won numerous awards for its architecture and creative programmes. The Glucksman presents ambitious exhibitions of Irish and international art alongside a range of events and activities designed to encourage participation from all visitors, whether an art professional or first time gallery-goer.

As a place of creative connections between people and disciplines, the Glucksman provides an essential link for the University with the wider world, enabling public understanding of the visionary research undertaken in all four colleges, and welcoming students, staff and visitors to explore, enjoy and learn about art right in the heart of the UCC campus. In 2017, the Glucksman received 91,207 visits to the museum with over 10,000 active participants in its education and events programme.

The Glucksman was the first museum in Munster to receive full accreditation on the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland and on 11 July 2017, the curatorial team received an award from Minister for the Arts in Dublin Castle for maintaining these standards across all areas of the museum’s operations  including Governance, Management, Collections, Documentation, Exhibitions,  Education and Visitor Services.

!!!! Kilkenny Education Centre

Kilkenny Education Centre is an open and innovative Centre which inspires and supports teaching and learning in the educational community. The Arts are an integral part of the cultural, tourism and economic development of our catchment area. Therefore, our programme of local courses and projects are offered in collaboration with the arts and heritage offices of Kilkenny County Council and the many local arts organisations who support us to deliver high quality opportunities to local schools and teachers.

The Design and Craft Council of Ireland (DCCOI) are based in Kilkenny and collaboratively we work to manage and support the rollout of the CRAFTed Programme to schools nationally, through the ESCI network. The CRAFTed Programme gives primary school children and teachers an exciting opportunity to explore their creativity and learn new skills by working with local professional craftspeople in the classroom.

A recent collaborative project with Poetry Ireland, Irish Aid and the Kilkenny based Cartoon Saloon is another good example of how we link with others to provide innovative project opportunities for schools. Seven primary schools and three post primary schools creatively explored themes in the book and the Oscar nominated animated film, The Breadwinner. The resulting showcase of work highlighted pupil engagement in themes such as courage, self-empowerment and facing fear using many forms of creative expression and art mediums.

Kilkenny Education Centre are also part of the Teacher – Artist Partnership (TAP) arts in education initiative that trains teachers and artists to work collaboratively together to provide a 20 hour residency in primary schools.
We also support clusters of schools, through the Creative Cluster scheme, to work together to progress creative projects and to experiment, innovate and collaborate on the design, implementation and evaluation of a collaborative creative learning project. Schools have access to creative people, skills and resources from their local communities.

For our 20th anniversary, we commissioned a legacy piece of art in the lobby of our Centre, to reflect our vision and mission but also connect with and relate to education, to teachers and to children. The beautiful piece, created by local artist, Lucy McKenna, has huge potential to inspire art projects in schools, integrating maths, science and art.

 

 

!!!! Laois & Offaly Education and Training Board

 

 

!!!! Waterford & Wexford Education & Training Board

A comprehensive range of education and training services throughout Waterford and Wexford

Unit 1
Ardcavan Business Park
Ardcavan
Wexford

City of Waterford Office – 051 874 007

County Waterford Office – 058 41780

Wexford Office – 053 912 3799

HQ: Wexford (sub-offices in Waterford City & Dungarvan)

www.waterfordwexford.etb.ie/

!!!! Tipperary Education & Training Board

A comprehensive range of education programmes to meet the needs of the community
Church Road,
Nenagh,
Co. Tipperary

Tipperary North Riding Office – 067 31250

Tipperary South Riding Office – 052 612 1067

HQ: Nenagh (sub-office in Clonmel)

http://tipperary.etb.ie/

!!!! Mayo, Sligo & Leitrim Education & Training Board

The Arts in Education programme promotes and facilitates arts education activities in schools and communities.

Newtown
Castlebar
Co. Mayo

Mayo Office – 094 902 4188

Sligo Office – 071 914 5025

Leitrim Office – 071 962 0024

HQ: Castlebar (sub-offices in Sligo & Carrick-on-Shannon)

http://www.mayosligoleitrim.etb.ie/

!!!! Louth & Meath Education & Training Board

Louth and Meath ETB is committed to promoting arts in education in all schools and colleges under its remit. At present, LMETB has responsibility for 16 post primary schools, 2 community national schools, a Centre for European Schooling and two dedicated PLC colleges. At primary and post primary levels there is much evidence of arts in action on a daily basis. Music, art, drama, school musicals, school choirs, orchestras, debating and visits to the theatre are just some of the activities which our schools promote as a combination of curricular, co-curricular and extra- curricular activities in our schools and colleges.

Participation in arts related activities provide opportunities for students to develop a range of key skills which will assist them in their future careers/further studies/employment. LMETB schools and colleges also note that the provision of such activities contributes positively to attendance rates and engagement in schools and further develops positive rapport and relationships between teachers and students. Such activities also promote and foster engagement with parents/guardians and the wider communities in which our schools/colleges operate.

Our mission statement in LMETB is excellence and innovation in education and LMETB is committed to working in partnership with statutory, community and voluntary organisations in promoting the arts in education.

Louth and Meath ETB also manages the Louth Music Generation (LMEP) which provides access to a diverse range of creative musical experiences and music classes for those participating. LMEP provide access to such classes both within and outside the school day. Those participating also have opportunities to engage in musical performances with others including participating  in bands, orchestras and ensembles to name but a few.

!!!! Longford & Westmeath Education & Training Board

Midland Arts under LWETB develops, oversees and monitors a range of Arts Education Programmes throughout the Midlands

Marlinstown Office Park
Mullingar
Co. Westmeath

Longford Office – 043 333 4000 / 043 334 6493

Westmeath Office – 044 934 8389

HQ: Mullingar

www.longfordwestmeath.etb.ie/

!!!! Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board

Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board established one of three, national Local Creative Youth Partnerships (LCYPs) in 2019, under the auspices of Creative Ireland’s Creative Youth initiative. Guided by the voice of the child and young person, the LCYP works in partnership with state and voluntary agencies to deliver creative programmes for young people, in communities across Limerick and Clare, over the life of the Creative Ireland plan up to 2022. Limerick and Clare LCYP identifies ‘the meeting point between formal and informal education’ as the site for nurturing its work and in this context works mainly in youth and community settings.

The partnership includes representatives from local authorities, youth work, early years, arts and education as well as from several areas within Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board. Key partners include Limerick Youth Service, Clare Youth Service and Foróige; with whom the LCYP has already delivered creative programmes in dance, photography, drama, craft, makeup, film and in a range of visual art genres. The choice of activity is based on data collected through consultation with over 300 young people across 26 youth work settings in both counties.

Future Film Makers, a training programme run in collaboration with the commercial film sector in Limerick, provides opportunities for young people, aged between 18 and 25, seeking to get a foothold at entry level in the film industry and was launched in October 2019.

In tandem with its focus on the youth sector, the LCYP is developing creative programmes for Early Learning and Care (ELC) settings and works closely with Clare and Limerick County Childcare Committees in this regard. Dance and movement for babies and toddlers and oral storytelling for young children have been explored through two conferences for ELC practitioners in 2019. These areas of interest are central to the LCYP programme going forward.

For further information on the work of the Local Creative Youth Partnership in Limerick and Clare go to www.lcetb.ie

!!!! Kilkenny & Carlow Education & Training Board

Kilkenny and Carlow ETB provide a wide range of quality education programmes and supports designed to meet the needs of young people and adults.

!!!! Kildare & Wicklow Education & Training Board

A comprehensive range of education services throughout Kildare and Wicklow

KWETB Administrative Offices
Áras Chill Dara
Devoy Park
Naas
County Kildare

Kildare Office – 045 988 000

Wicklow Office – 0404 60 500

www.kildarewicklow.etb.ie

!!!! Kerry Education & Training Board

Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership (Kerry LCYP) whose lead partner is Kerry ETB, is building a network in Kerry of collaborators, organisations and creatives who engage with young people creatively through programmes, events and activities that are guided by young people and which link formal education and out of school settings.

Kerry LCYP is part of Creative Youth, an initiative of the all-of-government Creative Ireland programme to enable the creative potential of every child and young person. A key principal of Kerry LCYP is collaboration that enables young people to be heard. At its core, it is a partnership network which enables information sharing and collaboration between local creative youth service providers to bring about a better use of existing resources and initiatives in Kerry.

Kerry LCYP forges new partnerships with local creatives, which complement the work of the formal school settings. The aspiration is that it will act as a change agent within local communities, unlocking new ways of working and supporting the creative and cultural education of thousands of children and young people. Importantly, the remit of the partnerships goes beyond that of the “arts” and includes cultural industry and creative arts activity across many disciplines (including areas such as heritage, STEM, entrepreneurship).

The range of creative activities is limitless – everything from traditional and visual arts to coding and tech; music and opera to circus arts, comedy, street arts & spectacle; creativity in business, architecture & design to heritage; film, drama, theatre or dance to literature and creative writing. Youth consultation informs the work of the partnership so that the annual work plan is well placed in a community setting.

!!!! Galway & Roscommon Education & Training Board

Galway and Roscommon ETB is the second largest ETB in the country and includes three islands. Our region is renowned as a place where arts and culture are celebrated. Galway has been designated as the European Capital of Culture 2020, and GRETB, under Music Generation Galway is leading a new and exciting orchestral project for young people called “Symphonic Waves”, which was conceived under the Galway 2020 bid. County Galway has the single largest and most populous Gaeltacht area in the country. Promoting Gaeilge is an essential element of GRETB’s core service. We have eight Coláistί LánGhaeilge and a number of our Further Education and Training centres in Connemara, operate through Irish.

Galway and Roscommon ETB’s Strategy Statement 2017-2021 Empowering People for Life was published in early 2017.  GRETB’s mission is: To support individuals through learning, to achieve their full potential and contribute to social, cultural and economic development and its five core values are: Leadership, inclusivity, collaboration, innovation and inclusivity and accountability.

GRETB runs twenty second level colleges, an extensive adult education service and a range of post-leaving certificate courses. It is involved in many partnership activities at local level and provides a range of educational supports to enhance the quality of its education programmes. Galway and Roscommon ETB supports young people and adult learners through its schools, youth services and 40 further education and training centres.

GRETB is committed to promoting and supporting creative and cultural opportunities through arts in education programmes in second level colleges and in the school of music located in GTi in Galway city. The Further Education and Training Department in GRETB fully supports the creative arts and the potential the creative arts offer to engage learners, to assist them in their learning and also the potential of learners to produce creative arts of a very high standard and quality. GRETB supports a significant level of creative and cultural programmes for young people. PLC programmes offer opportunities for learners at QQI Level 5 and 6 in a range of programmes including, art portfolio preparation for people wishing to study art at a higher level, animation, a growth area in the Irish creative arts arena and drawing and visual inquiry. Programmes in fashion design, millinery and fashion retail and visual merchandising are also offered. The design and production of furniture is available at this level and the furniture produced is exhibited annually. There are a large range of media programmes available including film and documentary, music performance, studio and live sound production. GRETB is currently developing a Media based traineeship in partnership with Screen Training Ireland. This Media Production Assistant traineeship will offer an opportunity to learners to learn the skills of a production assistant while also completing an extensive on the job training experience.

GRETB is the lead partner in 3 neighbouring Music Education Partnership areas: Galway city, Galway County and Roscommon. In September 2017, GRETB was successful in its applications to Phase 2 of Music Generation and is now commencing the roll out of Music Generation vocal and instrumental tuition programmes with children and young people from January 2019.

 

 

!!!! Dublin & Dun Laoghaire Education & Training Board

Services include primary level education, second level education, Further Education (PLC) courses, Adult Education and Youthreach

Dublin Office – 01 452 9600

HQ: Tallaght, Dublin 24

http://www.ddletb.ie

!!!! Donegal Education & Training Board

Donegal ETB is committed to promoting arts in education with the aim of enabling students to be successful in both school life and later in their adult life. Donegal ETB schools/centres and programmes play a key role in affording students opportunities to participate in a high-quality arts education as part of a complete education.

Donegal ETB in promoting the Arts in Education is committed to:

By promoting the arts as an integral component of our educational delivery, it positively impacts on student attendance, persistence and engagement. It can also enhance teacher effectiveness; and strengthen parent and community involvement. Donegal ETB is committed to working in partnership with statutory, community and voluntary organisations in promoting the arts in Education. As part of the Donegal ETB Strategy Statement 2017-2021, Lean ar Aghaidh, there is a clear commitment to offer educational and training programmes within quality teaching and learning environments. The concept of partnership is also a central theme within the strategy. There is a recognition that working in partnership provides more focused approaches to both learning and employment opportunities.

Donegal ETB as part of their Arts Programme manages the Donegal Music Education Partnership (DMEP) which provides instrumental/vocal tuition in all genres of music (classical, jazz, traditional, rock/pop) at reasonable rates to children and young adults. The project can also hire out instruments. As part of the emphasis on performance, pupils of the DMEP can join an ensemble or choir to help develop their musical and social skills.

!!!! City of Dublin Education & Training Board

City of Dublin Education and Training Board has a long tradition of developing and supporting the Arts in all of its forms. Providing training at level 5 and 6 in a variety of artistic areas and support to a number of community and youth arts projects and festivals.

!!!! Cork Education & Training Board

CETB plans, provides, supports and coordinates education, training and youth services in Cork

Cork City Office – 021 427 3377

County Cork Office – 021 466 5000

HQ: Head Office,
21 Lavitt’s Quay,
Cork

www.cork.etb.ie

!!!! Kilkenny County Arts Service

Kilkenny County Council’s Arts Office is focussed on developing provision for young people both within formal education contexts and within the community. We seek to provide access to high-quality, innovative, exciting and engaging programmes for children and young people, to encourage early engagement in the arts and to cultivate deeper appreciation. We work with key partners in the education sector, local stakeholders and community organisations to deliver a range of creative programmes to enrich the lives of young people. We also create opportunities to enable young people to co-create programmes ensuring that their voices and at the core of developments and to promote their ownership. Many of our programmes are long term and multi-faceted as we recognise the benefits delivering long-term, relevant, sustainable, growth oriented programmes.

Current long term provision tailored to the needs of children and young people include:

 

 

!!!! Kildare County Council Arts Service

Over 37% of Kildare’s total population are aged 0-24 year. This is the highest rate in the State. Kildare County Council has an overarching commitment to continue to develop both existing provision for children and young people and education partnerships aimed at building capacity in the sector in the county.

Kildare County Council Arts Service offers a range of services and opportunities to primary and secondary schools in Co Kildare. The Arts Service constantly evaluates and reviews its programme in response to needs from schools.

Supports include:

!!!! Dublin City Council Arts Service

Purpose of Dublin City Council Arts Office

The Arts are a unique and fundamental part of Dublin’s identity. Dublin City Arts Office ensures that the arts remain as a vital part of living, working and visiting the capital City. Leading, developing and working in partnership we support artists, arts organisations, the city communities to deliver quality arts, and experiences that contribute to Dublin’s cultural life and its reputation as a modern vibrant city, rich in art and heritage.

Arts, Education and Learning Policy

The Arts, Education and Learning Policy was passed by Council in November 2016. It is for the citizens of Dublin, acknowledging that each Dubliner has a right to practice and participate in appropriate and equal cultural and artistic activity and learning. It is a key document for scaffolding our approach to questions around where our responsibilities lie in addressing realistically, what resources we have as an Arts Office; what resources we can generate through strategic partnership; how might we be informed about barriers and needs directly by children and young people and their stakeholders.

Dublin City Arts Service: Arts and Education Learning Policy (.pdf)

Policy Action, No 5

Explore And research opportunities for arts in education and the role of the city as partner with formal education in response to the National Arts in Education Charter (2013).

Supports include:

  1. Long-term partnerships, in targeted neighbourhoods, that embed localised arts in education models of practice.
  2. Large-Scale Artistic Commissions (including per cent for art)
  3. Innovative Training and Mobility for Educators and Artists
  4. National Initiatives in Arts In Education e.g. Teacher Artist Partnership Programme
  5. Early Childhood Arts – Commissioning and Artists in Residence Programme at Local And Regional level
  6. Funding through Dublin City Annual Arts Grants
  7. Information and Advice about arts provision and practice happening in Dublin city

 

Current Programmes of work with schools and early childhood services are:

 

!!!! South Dublin County Arts Office

South Dublin County Council Arts Office provides a service that supports the development of creative people and communities through the arts. Provision and support of high quality arts experiences are central to the service. This is realised through research, programmes, events, grants and awards and the development of on-line and off-line resources.

Supports include:

  1. Artistic Commissions (including per cent for art)
  2. National Initiatives in Arts In Education e.g. Teacher Artist Partnership Programme
  3. Early Childhood Arts – Commissioning and Artist development
  4. Funding through South Dublin County Arts Grants and Creative Ireland Schools Cultural Awards
  5. Information and Advice about arts provision and practice 

Current programmes of work with schools and early childhood services are:

!!!! Kerry County Council Arts Service

Kerry County Council Arts Service seeks to foster greater levels of engagement in the arts, and to support a high standard of practice in the arts throughout the County of Kerry for its people. The Arts Service vision for the arts is based on four core values: Quality, Access, Inclusion and Sustainability.

The Arts Service prioritises spend on arts activities that reflect these core values. Three key strategic areas for prioritisation include

Supports include:

!!!! Cork City Council Arts Service

The principal aim of the Cork City Council Arts Office is to act as a central platform for the cultural vitality of Cork city. We believe that the existence of a vibrant creative community, along with supporting equality of access to the arts for all Cork citizens, is exceedingly important to the wider “wellbeing” of this city. To do this we work with artists, cultural groups, art facilities and numerous other individuals to ensure access to the arts for all residents and visitors to Cork city.

Our current programmes around arts in education are:

Music Generation Cork City, an innovative and progressive community education programme, which delivers music educational experiences in a diverse range of music genres to 2000 children in their own communities throughout Cork city.

The Composers in the Classroom scheme is an initiative which brings professional composers and musicians into the classroom as part of a special curriculum devised for transition year music students and their teachers. Cork Choral Festival are the cultural partner, and the scheme runs with Cork County Council.  The scheme has been highly successful in encouraging and assisting students, many with little or no musical training, in their musical creativity and experimentation. The residency culminates in a seminar held as part of the Cork International Choral Festival, where student get the chance to perform their compositions and listen to the composition of other schools in the scheme.

The Unfinished of Poetry is a creative writing in school programme which began its life in 2005 when Cork was designated European Capital of Culture. During Cork 2005 the library staff conceived the idea to have a book by young people that continued beyond the City of Culture Year. The project became ‘The Unfinished Book’ and involves creative writing workshops  in local libraries with students of Cork schools each year working with professional writers and poets from Cork. The students work is published in a book which is then launched. These workshops foster creative, personal and educational development and support participants in gaining new insights into the creative art of poetry writing. The project is an arts office and Cork City Libraries schools programme managed by O’Bhéal.

Tools of the Trade is an art project that explores childhood creativity and interesting places of work created and delivered by artists, Leah Murphy and Susie Walsh. Each year, children taking part have the chance to see behind closed doors in three varied and interesting places of work in Cork city. Introductory workshops are given where the children are shown tools that are in everyday use in these particular workplaces as a starting point. In a series of fun, interactive and educational art workshops, the children then create artworks inspired by the specific activities encountered in each place of work. ‘Tools of the Trade’ is supported by the Creative Ireland Programme, an all of government five year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy.

The Arts in Context Award aims to provide opportunities for artists and community groups to work together to realise arts projects. This award supports projects that take place in community contexts such as; schools, hospitals, community care settings, youth clubs, prisons, community centre’s, clubs etc. Artists and the group must plan the project together.  There is an annual call that opens in September and closes mid November for projects to run in the following year.  Further information can be found at www.corkcity.ie/en/ council-services/services/ arts-culture-heritage/arts- office/funding-opportunities1. html

!!!! Cork County Council Arts Service

Arts in Education initiatives include the Artists in Schools scheme and a Music Education scheme

Mr. Ian McDonagh, Arts Officer, Cork County Council Library and Arts Services, Floor 3, County Library Building, Carrigrohane Road, Cork
(021) 4346210

ianmcdonagh@corkcoco.ie
www.corkcoco.ie/arts

!!!! Waterford City & County Council Arts Service

Waterford City & County Council Arts Service runs an extensive Arts In Education programme and has done so since the mid 1990’s.

Currently, this programme is run across the Primary and Secondary Schools network and within community contexts.

This provision from early years to young adulthood aims to expose young people to the arts and to provide high quality experiences across all art forms.

Working with partners in the community, education sector and specific arts organizations we offer a range of interventions. The young people also have a strong voice in this provision to shape various programmes and in some instances to be part of the organizing and decision making processes.

We have a long term relationship with Waterford Youth Arts, Lismore Castle Arts and Education Centres to assist with our programme. Currently we offer and/or assist with :

-Artist in Residence in Primary Schools and the TAP partnership
Artifice – Transition Year Visual Arts Project with Lismore Castle Arts
The LIT, Young Writers Festival, Waterford
Waterford Music Generation
-Summer in the City Schools Engagement Programme
-Architect in Residence in Schools with the Waterford Festival of Architecture
-Traditional Music for teenagers in association with Comhlucht Forbartha na nDéise

 

 

!!!! Wexford County Council Arts Service

Overview of Arts in Education Programme

The Living Arts Project was established in 2013 as a long term visual arts educational scheme. The aim of this project is to provide children with an understanding and appreciation of contemporary visual art.

Over the course of a fifteen-week programme, each artist will bring their own unique styles, talents and disciplines to the participating schools, encouraging pupils to think beyond the classroom and respond visually to the world around them. So far 4 different artists and assistants have taken part in the programme and over 20 schools across Co. Wexford have benefited.

This year with Creative Ireland funding the following will take place:

!!!! Carlow County Council Arts Service

The Arts Office is responsible for arts provision in the county and has a dedicated Youth Arts Programme

Ms Sinead Dowling, Arts Officer, County Buildings, Athy Road, Carlow
(059) 9170301

sdowling@carlowcoco.ie
www.carlow.ie/all-council-services/arts

!!!! Limerick City and County Council Arts Service

Limerick City and County Council Culture and Arts Department

The Department is responsible for the delivery of the Limerick Cultural Strategy which includes actions on arts in education.

Our principal document is the Limerick Cultural Strategy. The Limerick Cultural Strategy is an integrated set of choices that will pave the way for effective planning to achieve change through cultural engagement.

Within that document object 6 is as follows;

To engage citizens through involvement in culture

Cultural organisations in Limerick have demonstrated a distinct expertise in their participatory approaches to creative and artistic work. Active engagement and participation in cultural activity has the potential to bring about transformative change to individuals and communities. We aim to achieve this in the following ways:

 

There are two other strategic documents which also deliver on Arts in Education. The first is the Framework Agreement with the Arts Council that include the following strategic objectives;

1. Supporting Artists and Key Strategic Organisations

2. Rural Arts and Excellence

3. Young People, Children and Education

4. Festivals and Events

 

The second is the Culture and Creativity Strategy for Limerick as part of Creative Ireland. There are five strategic actions within this document;

1. Future Creators: Children and young people

2. Creative Minds: Nurturing and supporting artists and other creators

3. Creative Springboard:  Fostering creative and cultural innovation

4. People, Places, Networks: Enhancing our local cultural and creative infrastructure

5. Creative Screens:  A focus on film and coding

6. Creative Citizens: People creating and accessing culture on their doorstep

!!!! Laois County Council Arts Service

Laois County Council Arts Service are committed to work with others, including the Department of Education and Skills, to support the provision of excellent arts experiences for children and young people.  Building on existing provision our arts programme supports opportunities and experiences for learning, creativity and developing skills in a range of art form.

Laois County Council Arts Service offers a wide range of services and opportunities to primary and secondary schools in Co Laois

Supports include:

 

!!!! Offaly County Council Arts Service

Offaly County Council Arts Service 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.

!!!! Tipperary County Council Arts Service

The arts play an important role in society, contributing to the quality of life of communities, local economies, the expression of local identity and the vibrant cultural life of the county. The Tipperary Arts Service strives to broaden and deepen access to the arts and to develop strategies for sustainable engagement, creating an environment where the arts and creativity can thrive. A core focus of the County Arts Programme is to ensure access for children and young people to the arts and to assist young people in developing a language of creativity through engagement in arts activity and with practicing artists across a broad range of settings.

Our current programmes for children and young people include:

Tipperary Artist in Primary School Scheme – the Tipperary Artist in Primary Schools Scheme has supported 47 artist in residence projects in primary schools in Tipperary since 2015. The aim of this scheme is to give pupils in schools all over the county the opportunity to work with a professional artist on a once-off unique project to be originated and planned between the artist and the school. Artists from any artistic discipline may apply with a school. The school and the artist work together to propose a unique application under the scheme; there is a call for applications annually. Contact time is 50 hours per project. Projects across a range of artistic disciplines ranging from theatre to visual arts and music to storytelling will take place in Tipperary schools during 2019.

The Second Level Print in Schools Exhibition – Tipperary Arts Office offers secondary schools in the Tipperary administrative area the opportunity to borrow and display an exhibition of thirty two contemporary prints by Irish artists. The prints from twenty two artists include works by Cecil King, Alice Hanratty, Patrick Hickey, Gene Lambert, Suzannah O’Reilly and Des McMahon. Print mediums include monoprint, relief print, etching, silkscreen, lithograph, collograph, and dry point. An informative exhibition catalogue for educational purposes is included with the print exhibition. A one day printmaking workshop in the school/ venue is also available as part of this opportunity. The prints are specially packed for easy handling and transport. Teachers and schools, venues and organisations can arrange to borrow the exhibition by contacting the Tipperary Arts Office. This initiative offers teachers a contemporary, practical resource while also introducing artists, materials and processes to students. Schools are open to use the resource as they wish and as is practical for them, their spaces and resources.

Music Generation Tipperary: Tipperary is among five new counties in Ireland to participate in the most recent phase of development of Music Generation. Over the coming years, Music Generation Tipperary will offer new opportunities for hundreds of children and young people ages 0 to 18 to access high-quality, subsidised vocal and instrumental tuition in their local communities. Initiated by Music Network in 2010, Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships (LMEPs). Locally, Music Generation Tipperary will be led by Tipperary Education and Training Board (ETB) in partnership with Tipperary County Council. Planning for the roll-out of Music Generation Tipperary is currently underway, which involves recruitment of a Music Generation Development Officer to oversee programme development.
Music Generation Tipperary’s goal will be to develop a range of affordable and accessible ways for children and young people to engage in performance music education. This will include the coordination of music tuition services within the county, working in partnership with schools, community music groups and tuition centres in the formation of choirs, ensembles, access programmes, composition projects, songwriting initiatives and more, across a broad range of musical genres and styles.

The arts venues in Tipperary are key providers of programming for children and young people in the county. The Source Arts Centre, Thurles; Nenagh Arts Centre, The Tipperary Excel Arts Centre in Tipperary Town and the South Tipperary Arts Centre and Tipperary County Museum in Clonmel all run a range of engagement programmes and provide opportunites for young people, children and their families to engage with the arts.

Tipperary County Council also provides support to a range of festivals and events which deliver strong programme strands for children and young people in Tipperary. www.whatsonintipp.ie lists festivals taking place in Tipperary. Spleodar, Nenagh’s Haloween Arts Festival is a children’s arts festival which delivers high quality arts experiences that are curated specifically for children and young people during the Halloween mid-term break annually. Full programme http://spleodar.ie

The Tipperary Youth Theatre provides opportunities for non-formal youth engagement. Established by the Tipperary Arts Office, Tipperary Youth Theatre was developed in Thurles in 1999 and in Nenagh in 2007 to provide a platform for engagement with theatre for young people in the 13-17 age group. Both Youth Theatres now have a long history of presenting an annual production and training programme which is youth led and youth centred and are managed by The Source Arts Centre in Thurles and Nenagh Arts Centre.

Tipperary Dance Platform (TDP) is a platform for dance, dedicated to the enrichment and stimulation of dance in Tipperary. The activities of Tipperary Dance Platform are co-ordinated around three main strands: The TDP International Dance Festival, engagement with the community and the provision of resources for dance artists and the professional dance sector. Based from the Tipperary Excel Arts Centre in Tipperary Town, the Tipperary Dance Platform works with local schools through dance residency programmes and invitations to attend performances during the TDP International Dance Festival.

The Tipperary Arts Office also has a Percussion Instrument Collection which is available on loan to schools and community groups. Please contact the arts office for further information.

!!!! Clare County Council Arts Service

The Clare County Council Arts Service Artists in Schools programme is designed to create opportunities for artists and schools to work together over a specific duration of time. We support and fund projects that are innovative, unique and that foster creativity; skills development and an introduction to the language used in art making. We also encourage projects that introduce children to experience the cross disciplinary nature of the arts, projects which connect ideas and art making to other subjects e.g. history, science, the environment, local, national and global cultures and traditions.

The Artists Residency programme currently has two strands: Arts Space and Arts Days. The scheme is open to artists from any artistic discipline including visual arts and crafts, music, dance, drama, literature, film, architecture, photography, and new media.

2018/19 flagship projects include a year-long artist residency with artist, Shona MacGillivray and St. Anne’s Special School and a Spoken Word Poetry Project with transition year students.

The Artists in Schools Programme also supports and develops.

!!!! Galway County Council Arts Office

Galway County Council Arts Service offers a range of services and opportunities to primary and secondary schools in Co Galway. The Arts Service constantly evaluates and reviews its programme in response to needs from schools. Our aim is to offer children the opportunity to work with a professional artist on a once-off project in visual arts, dance, literature, drama, music, photography, film, etc.

Supports include:

!!!! Galway City Council Arts Service

The Arts Service engages with a range of artforms in contexts including young people, children, education and socially engaged art

Mr James Harold, Arts Officer, Galway City Council Arts Service, City Hall, College Road, Galway
(091)536546

jharrold@galwaycity.ie
www.galwaycity.ie/pobal-cultur/arts-office-information/

!!!! Meath County Council Arts Service

Participation and access are fundamental to Meath County Council Arts Service strategy in providing high quality arts experiences for children and young people across the county. Aligned to Pillars 1 & 2 of the Creative Ireland Programme, Meath County Arts Office currently deliver a number of child and young person focussed programmes across a range of experiences and art forms.

 

!!!! Louth County Council Arts Service

Louth County Council Arts Service is responsible for arts provision in the county and has a dedicated Community and Education Programme.

Over 35% of County Louth’s total population are aged 0-24 year. Louth County Council is committed to continue development of existing and provision of new resources for children and young people and education partnerships aimed at building capacity in the sector in the county.

Louth County Council Arts Service offers a range of services and opportunities to primary and secondary schools in Co Louth.

Supports include:

!!!! Roscommon County Council Arts Service

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.

!!!! Mayo County Council Arts Service

Mayo County Council Arts Service works with youth agencies, educational organisations and venues to increase access to and engagement with and for young people.

Mayo Arts service programmes an annual Excel Youth Arts Programme, provides a vibrant Youth Theatre, are a founding partner of Music Generation Mayo and have a schools exhibition programme. As part of the Mayo County Council Strategic Arts Plan 2018 – 2022 consultation, an online survey specifically for young people was developed and circulated. This garnered a positive response and generated new actions in the Arts Plan.

Mayo Youth Theatre

Mayo Youth Theatre (MYT) is an initiative of Mayo County Council, set up in 1999. It is based in Ballina and provides opportunities for young people to engage in theatre making activity, covering all aspects of the genre.

MYT involves continued development of quality youth theatre in partnership with Youth Theatre Ireland and Ballina Arts Centre. Masterclasses are provided with external expert facilitators and Youth Theatre Ireland. MYT participants are encouraged and facilitated to see professional productions and have also availed of Youth Theatre Ireland Go See YT funding and participants have been part of the annual National Youth Festival and have secured places on the National Youth Theatre Ensemble and Young Critics Programme.

Excel Youth Arts Programme

Mayo Arts Service Excel Youth Arts Programme is an annual county-wide programme of events for young people aged 13 -19 years. Excel provides an opportunity for young people to explore their creativity, gain skills in various art forms and encounter practicing artists.

Schools Exhibition

The existing Schools’ Exhibition Programme allows a school to borrow a number of paintings from the Mayo County Council Collection for a school term. There are two exhibitions available, both of which have been collated especially for use in primary schools and a teachers and students pack is also available. This Schools exhibition will be revised to include a broader spectrum of art work and practices, as committed to in the new Arts Plan.

Music Generation Mayo

Music Generation Mayo, of which Mayo Arts Service is a founding partner, provides performance music education opportunities for children and young people in Mayo. The establishment of a Music Instrument Bank was one of the core strategic aims of the partnership in its original music development plan for Mayo. The inclusion of this resource was directly influenced by a consultation with young people who specifically cited lack of access to instruments as being a key challenge in furthering their musical development. Music Generation Mayo provides wide-ranging opportunities for children and young people to develop as music performers through increased access to subsidised general and specialist tuition. The programme also supports the development of music related activities e.g. sound recording, stage management, documentation and promotion of events.

Creative Schools

Mayo Arts Service is a member of the Creative Ireland Culture Team in Mayo County Council and committed to engaging with and supporting the work of Creative Associates and schools participating in the Creative Schools Initiative.

Mayo Artsquad

Established in 1997 with FÁS support, Mayo County Council’s Artsquad has continued to provide excellent training in community arts skills for fifteen participants annually. The participants on Artsquad come from a wide variety of backgrounds and work with groups including schools and youth groups from all communities, providing workshops, training and street theatre. Mayo Artsquad also works extensively with festivals throughout the county.

Other opportunities

Other opportunities for this target audience present themselves through residencies, public art schemes etc., and all are utilised when appropriate. For example, the Writer in Residence Programme often includes a writer working with a school/youth group/ young people to develop work collaboratively.

!!!! Leitrim County Council Arts Service

Children and young people are a principal priority of Leitrim County Council’s arts programme and a key component of its arts strategy for the forthcoming five year period. Leitrim County Council Arts Service provides a range of services and opportunities to children and young people in pre, primary and secondary schools in Leitrim and through extra-curricular programmes, festivals and events.

Supports include:

!!!! Longford County Council Arts Service

The Arts Office is responsible for arts provision in the county

Fergus Kennedy, Arts Officer, Longford County Arts Office, Aras an Chontae, Great Water Street, Longford

086 851759
fkennedy@longfordcoco.ie
http://www.longfordcoco.ie/arts_office.html
http://www.virtualwriter.ie/

!!!! Westmeath County Arts Office

Westmeath County Arts Office provides support for the professional, voluntary, community and amateur arts sectors in Westmeath and provides information and advice to the community on arts-related issues.

Since the development of the Arts Office in Westmeath in 2001, the County Council has expanded its support for and contribution to the arts in County Westmeath. The County Arts Office aims to promote access, appreciation, awareness and enjoyment of the arts for all citizens of County Westmeath and also aims to stimulate interest in and promote the knowledge and appreciation of the Arts throughout the County.

Services Offered

 

!!!! Cavan County Council Arts Service

Cavan County Council Arts Service is the local government agency charged with leading the development of the arts in the county. We advocate the importance and value of the arts and promote their practice and development. We advise government and others on the arts as required by the Arts Act 2003. We invest public monies allocated by government in supporting artists and arts organisations to make work of excellence and in other actions consistent with our remit.

We work in partnership with the Arts Council, Department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and with other government departments as well as agencies and organisations within and beyond the cultural sector.

Cavan Arts Service with Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board (CMETB) and Cavan and Monaghan County Council through Local Arts and Education Partnership are aiming to enhance opportunities for children and young people through The Arts in Education Charter.

The objectives are:

Cavan Arts Office are working with CMETB Lead partner and Monaghan County Council and Music Generation head office to develop performance music and promote music education for children and young people in counties Cavan and Monaghan.

Through Peace IV Cavan Youth Arts Lab, Cavan Arts Service provides specialist youth arts programmes for young people to make exciting work in theatre, dance, music, drama and visual art, creating profound cultural memory.

!!!! Monaghan County Council Arts Service

Monaghan County Council Arts Service recognises the potential of the arts as a tool to enhance the wellbeing of students in our education system and add value to the core curriculum through engagement with professional artists. Promoting the arts in education has the potential to create a lasting legacy for our younger generation. In recent times this important work received a critical boost through the development of the National Charter for Arts & Education. The charter was adopted by the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. It has been adopted at local level by the Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board (ETB) to meet identified needs. An Arts in Education Officer has been appointed and an Arts in Education Partnership has established to advance this agenda. Monaghan County Council is a partner in this initiative.

Our objectives are to increase opportunities for engagement in the arts by both the communities and pupils in schools and we take a long-term strategic view in planning for and investing in the arts for children and young people. We have put in place strategic partnership agreements with relevant local agencies for jointly planned and funded initiatives to extend and expand arts outreach opportunities.
We promote and support involvement in the arts by children and young people in the following ways:

The commitment in the Creative Ireland Programme is that by 2022 every child should have the opportunity in accessing tuition or engagement in music, drama, art and coding. Creative Monaghan will support and collaborate, where feasible, with the Arts in Education Charter and The Creative Youth Plans through strategic local partnerships and alliances.

!!!! Sligo County Council Arts Service

Sligo County Arts Service works in partnership with key stakeholders to deliver a high quality arts service for the people of Sligo and to promote greater public involvement in the arts in a wide range of settings. The Arts Service also works with the arts community to promote culture and creativity as an expression of contemporary Sligo at national and international level.

Sligo Arts Service provides opportunities for children and young people to participate in arts and creativity to enable self-expression, enhance learning and further the exploration of personal and social identity as they grow and develop. Programmes which are specifically delivered in schools are as follows:

Primary Colours is an exciting children’s arts education programme developed around the visual arts curriculum delivered by a panel of practising artists. The programme works with Sligo Primary Schools. 3rd -6th class students and their teachers are invited to take part in a specially curated gallery exhibition tour/workshop followed by school based workshops. Primary Colours enriches the primary school visual arts curriculum through workshops, exhibitions and teachers packs. These packs and further information can be down loaded from www.primarycolourssligo.ie.

Music Generation Sligo delivers a range of long-term music education projects for children and young people as part of a national Music Generation programme initiated by Music Network, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, The Department of Education & Skills and Sligo Music Education Partnership. MGS is managed and funded locally by Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB, Sligo County Council, Sligo Education Centre, Sligo County Childcare Committee, Cranmore Regeneration and the local music sector. Since 2011, MGS has developed programmes to address access to instrumental and vocal tuition and performance by children and young people in their own communities.​ The programme reaches approximately 4000 children annually. Discovering Music is delivered to almost 3000 children and young people including childcare, pre-school, primary school and post primary school. The programme is developed and delivered by progessional musicians to support and enhance the music curriculum, working in partnership with teachers.

Sligo Arts Service is a member of the Creative Ireland Culture Team in Sligo County Council and committed to engaging with and supporting the work of Creative Associates and schools participating in the Creative Schools Initiative. Sligo Arts Service works closely with Sligo Education Centre in planning for and delivering the above programmes as well as TAP – the Department of Education’s Teacher Artist Partnership CPD Programme.

!!!! Donegal County Council Arts Service

The Arts Office is responsible for arts provision in the county and has a comprehensive Arts-in-Schools Programme in South and South West Donegal

Mr. Traolach O’Fionnan, Arts Officer, Rosemount, Letterkenny
074 9121968

traolach@donegalcoco.ie
http://www.donegalcoco.ie/culture/arts office

!!!! RoolaBoola Festival, Co Mayo

This annual festival is held each Autumn at The Linenhall, Castlebar Co. Mayo.

RoolaBoola is one of the leading children’s arts festivals in Ireland. The celebrations include a selection of the highest calibre national and international children’s theatre, music and dance shows as well as other arts events, including children’s book readings, films, exhibitions, street performances and a multitude of hands-on arts workshops in a range of media for children and their families.

 

 

!!!! Cork Midsummer Festival

Cork Midsummer Festival is an annual multi-disciplinary arts festival that uses the city as its backdrop and inspiration. It provides high-quality arts events, both national and international, for audiences of all ages including a dedicated family programme. Its programme provides opportunities for significant public participation and engagement, supports the development of emerging artists across all artforms, and provides a unique platform for work by local and national artists.

!!!! SprÓg Childrens Festival at Spraoi Waterford

SprÓg Childrens Festival at Spraoi.

SprÓg continues to be the best fun in Waterford for children and their families in the week before and during the Spraoi Festival, generously supported by Sanofi & Calmast at the Science Outreach Centre at Wateford Institute of Technology.

 

 

!!!! Clonmel Junction Festival

An annual celebration of theatre, music, performing arts, family arts, street performance and visual arts.

The Clonmel Junction Festival offers a number of participatory projects each year to primary schools, secondary schools, community groups and various other local organisations. These projects can range from visual art to spoken word, dance, theatre etc.

 

!!!! Eigse – Carlow Arts Festival

Carlow Arts Festival marks a special time in the town’s annual calendar, providing an opportunity for everyone to experience something out of the ordinary, soak up the celebratory atmosphere and be part of the thrill of knowing that in the hands of exceptional artists anything is possible.

 

!!!! Fresh Film Festival, Limerick

Fresh Film Festival works in film provision for children & young people aged 7 – 18 years. As a national organisation based in Limerick it:

!!!! Clifden Arts Festival, Co. Galway

The longest running community arts festival in Ireland, Clifden Arts Festival takes place each Autumn and includes a dedicated programme of events for children and families.

Community Arts Week began life as a week-long celebration of the arts for the children of Clifden Community School – helping to develop artistic and social skills, and provide an outlet for self-expression and development. Over the years Arts Week at the school gave such pleasure to the greater community that an encompassing and fervent support network grew around it, allowing it to develop.

Audiences can expect a very high quality artistic programme with a superb literary, musical and visual art content with the community arts of Clifden and the surrounding hinterland as a central focus. With creative writing, music, theatre and film workshops and performances taking place in the local schools during the festival.

!!!! Baboró International Arts Festival for Children

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children is Ireland’s flagship international arts festival devoted exclusively to children and families. Its multidisciplinary arts extravaganza takes place every October in Galway, Ireland. Baboró’s mission is to inspire children to engage with the world through their experience of the creative arts.

Baboró aims to ensure that each festival experience is a rich cultural encounter for its young audience members, inspiring them to engage, to question and to have fun and memorable experiences.  This is achieved through Baboró’s arts-in-education strategy, which includes pre and post engagement activities, an annual CPD for teachers and much more.

Baboró aims to support artists and educators in their endeavours to inspire children through their creative arts experiences.

Baboró’s Aims:

SUPPORT

ENGAGE

DELIVER

!!!! Junior Galway Film Fleadh

The Junior Galway Film Fleadh which is part of the Galway Film Fleadh is a innovative film festival aimed at young people of all ages and abilities. We screen films made by young people for young people alongside an extensive programme of eductional screenings (Irish language features, shorts, world cinema in French, German and Spanish, animation and coming of age dramas) plus workshops and a storytelling competition.

Running for 4 days in November, the festival is curated with young people in mind and celebrates the magic and power of cinema in educating, entertaining and informing. Collaboration with Schools – The Junior Film Fleadh runs an programme of schools outreach screenings in German and Irish language specifically targeted to rural and disadvantaged schools. The films are chosen in association with Goethe Institut Irland and Foras na Gaeilge and discussion and workshops are offered after each screenings. Resource (study guides) are also produced to support the outreach programme. The outreach programme is aimed at secondary school students (ages 13 – 17 yrs old) and takes place from November to January each year. In the past we have also run week long filmmaking workshops in city and county schools with professional tutors in which a short animation, drama or documentary is produced. Each year the festival is put together in association with our Youth Council – a group of young people attending schools in Galway and the surrounding area. Their input is highly valued in creating our festival.

!!!! Galway International Arts Festival

Programmes across all art forms featuring theatre, music, visual arts, opera, street spectacle, dance, discussion and comedy

 

!!!! Earagail Arts Festival – Donegal

Earagail Arts Festival is a bilingual (Irish and English language), multidisciplinary summer festival which takes place each July throughout County Donegal along the Wild Atlantic Way on the north-west coast of Ireland. The festival brings inspiring performers to this captivating European frontier, showcases artists native to the area and provides opportunities for cultural exchange, in venues from purpose built theatres and galleries, to village halls, forests and beaches, creating a unique cultural experience in the most unlikely of magical places.

Each year the festival programme includes family and children-centred events and workshops

!!!! Tallaght Community Arts

A pro-active arts development organisation working with professional artists, local communities, schools and youth groups

01 4528180

www.tallaght-arts.ie

 

!!!! Cork Community Artlink Ltd

Cork Community Art Link is a community arts organisation and a registered charity based in Blackpool, Cork city. We encourage meaningful collaborations between artists and people that result in the creation of great art, bringing creativity to places where people live, work and play.

We engage with people to create a sense of community identity, collective pride and cultural inclusion, enabling them to learn more about themselves and the world around them while having fun.

Established in 1993, Cork Community Art Link has developed a strong artistic commitment to participatory work that is viewed in the public space. Engaging with people in their everyday life or as part of public, celebratory events, our work has developed from a need to provide more diverse opportunities and access to the arts for the people of Cork as both audiences and makers.

!!!! Galway Film Centre

Founded in 1989, Galway Film Centre is a non-profit, members based organisation dedicated to the development of film as an artistic medium in the West of Ireland. To this end, we support filmmakers, community and youth groups through education and training, equipment provision and information.

 

!!!! Cork Film Centre

Cork Film Centre is a resource-based organisation, focused on developing, promoting and facilitating the advancement of creative film and video making. It provides support and access to resources for filmmakers, artists, animators, and those engaged in multi-disciplinary work involving the moving image, with special emphasis placed on developing the area of youth filmmaking. The Film Centre is a not for profit organisation. Services include education, equipment hire, advice and information for artists and filmmakers.

!!!! Fighting Words, Dublin

Fighting Words unleashes the creative potential of young people by providing free tutoring and mentoring in creative writing and related arts. Our aim is to help children and young people, and adults who did not have this opportunity as children, to discover and harness the power of their own imaginations and creative writing skills.  At its core, Fighting Words is also about something much broader and more inclusive. It is about using the creative practice of writing and storytelling to strengthen our children and teenagers – from a wide range of backgrounds – to be resilient, creative and successful shapers of their own lives.

Fighting Words hosts workshops for primary school kids, secondary school kids and adults with special needs. We host a wide range of special projects and programmes for children and teenagers at weekends, midterm breaks and summer holidays. These can be focused on graphic fiction, scriptwriting/film-making, songwriting, playwriting, journalism, media, radio drama, memoir…. School workshops run for 2 hours, and a typical class of 25/30 students would have a team of ten volunteer tutors, allowing 1-3 support. As much of the creative material as possible is published, either digitally or in hardcopy.

Fighting Words has a formal partnership with the Institute of Education at Dublin City University, working with trainee teachers to help to identify greater opportunities for creative practices within the formal education system.

!!!! West Cork Music, Bantry, West Cork

West Cork Music was established in 1995 and has grown from a small voluntary organisation to a company which is dedicated to bringing the highest calibre of musical & literary experience to Ireland.

Through our education activities, within and outside our festivals, we set out to foster music appreciation in school children; support and train pre-professional classical and traditional musicians; encourage aspiring adult writers, and cultivate a love of reading and writing in young people.

Festival Workshops ~ A rich and varied programme of events & workshops for adults and young people at our inspiring West Cork Chamber Music & Literary Festivals ~ June – July

Read On ~ Inspiring young people across Europe to read ~ Year Round

Tuning Up ~ Tuning Up is a music-in-schools programme which aims to bring students face-to-face with the best Irish performers of both the classical & modern repertoire – September – February

Retreats ~ Springboard – A West Cork Music Retreat ~ March

!!!! Cork Orchestral Society

Cork Orchestral Society presents top-quality classical music of all kinds to the city of Cork, from spellbinding chamber music to spectacular orchestras.

www.corkorchestralsociety.ie

!!!! West Cork Education Centre

The West Cork Education Centre has a long history of involvement with the arts and it has a strong partnership with the Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen. Together the West Cork Arts Centre and West Cork Education centre run projects collaboratively.

We run courses and projects in the following areas:

 

!!!! Waterford Teachers’ Centre

Waterford Teachers’ Centre support the Arts curriculum by providing workshops and Summer courses, facilitated by local teachers who have expertise in the area of the Arts, covering all strands of the Visual Primary Curriculum, also the Music curriculum and on occasion, Drama.

The Centre supports a Teachers Creative Writers group which this year published an anthology of work, ‘Teachers Who Write, an Anthology’ along with contributions from many other teachers around the country.

A number of choirs involving local teachers use the Centre as a venue for rehearsal.

The centre also engages with and funds the CRAFTed initiative where by a local craftsperson provides a craft and design programme in primary schools where pupils can engage in a hands-on ‘in classroom’ collaborative process and experience the learning and engagement in the learning process.

Waterford Teachers’ Centre are also part of the Teacher-Artist Partnership (TAP) arts in education initiative that trains teachers and artists to work collaboratively together to provide a 20 hour residency in an area of the Arts in the teachers class.

The centre also this year engaged with and supported the Creative Cluster initiative, which allows clusters of schools to identify an area of the Arts that they wish to develop in their schools and to carry out this project as a group with the support of an experienced Arts facilitator.

!!!! Tuam Education Centre

Providing local supports to teachers and schools in the catchment area

St Patrick’s Primary School, Dublin Road, Tuam, Co. Galway
(093) 25877

tuamedcentre@eircom.net
www.tuamec.ie

!!!! Tipperary Education Centre

Providing local supports to teachers and schools in the catchment area

St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
(086) 6008860

info@tippec.ie
www.tippec.ie

!!!! Tarbert Education Centre

Tarbert Education Centre is a part time education centre providing local supports to teachers and the wider community of Tarbert

Comprehensive School, Tarbert, Co. Kerry
(069) 60005

tarbertec.ias@eircom.net
www.tarbertesc.ie

!!!! Sligo Education Centre

Sligo Education Centre support the Arts curriculum by providing workshops and Summer courses, facilitated by local teachers and artists who have expertise in the area of the Arts, covering all strands of the visual arts, music and drama curriculum at Primary and Post-Primary level.

We engage with outside agencies such as The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, The Arts Council, The Heritage Council, Sligo County Council Arts Service and Sligo Music Generation.

We offer schools the opportunity to participate in various national initiatives such as:

 

!!!! Navan Education Centre

Navan Education Centre is located in the heart of Meath, a region with a rich history of the arts and culture evidenced in numerous ancient artworks and monuments scratched out in our local landscape. We support the arts in education through a range of programmes, initiatives and partnerships. We engage with local partners and experts in our regions and in our Gaeltacht areas in order to develop and design local projects, to facilitate training workshops and to support primary and post primary school communities through a diverse range of activities including music, drama, visual arts, art & technology, dance, cinematography, craft and design, choral training and fine arts.

We are involved in numerous education projects focussed on the arts and are delighted to engage on these with local artists, musicians, dancers and craft workers. We have been involved in exciting joint projects with the Solstice Theatre for movie making, the Heritage Council for design projects and the Arts Council for teacher and artist partnerships. We deliver a wide range of programmes, initiatives and projects that focus on the needs of schools and the broad learning framework developed in schools across the Arts. We have also developed a number of programmes aimed at personal development, like Cór na Bóinne, a local choir for teachers and school community members to connect wellbeing and the arts. We place high value also, on the deep heritage and history of art in this region, from prehistory to date and we try to ensure that we continue to honour this heritage in some of our local projects for schools.

!!!! Monaghan Education Centre

Monaghan Education Centre support the arts in education by providing workshops and Summer courses, facilitated by local teachers who have expertise in the area of the Arts, covering many strands of the curriculum as the need arises.

The centre acts as a meeting point for local Art teachers to host their community of practice meetings.

The centre also engages with and funds the CRAFTed initiative where by a local craftsperson provides a craft and design programme in primary schools where pupils can engage in a hands-on ‘in classroom’ collaborative process and experience the learning and engagement in the learning process.

Monaghan Education  Centre are also part of the Teacher – Artist Partnership (TAP) arts in education initiative that trains teachers and artists to work collaboratively together to provide a 20 hour residency in an area of the Arts in the teachers class.

This year we are supporting the Creative Cluster initiative, which allows clusters of schools to identify an area of the Arts that they wish to develop in their schools and to carry out this project as a group with the support of an experienced Arts facilitator.

Locally we co-ordinate the Write A Book Project in the primary schools of Cavan and Monaghan and the Féile Dramaíochta Gaeilge is a feature of our Seachtain na Gaeilge celebrations.

 

!!!! Mayo Education Centre

Providing local supports to teachers and schools in the catchment area

Westport Road, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
(094) 9020700

eolas@mayoeducationcentre.ie
www.mayoeducationcentre.ie

!!!! Limerick Education Centre

Providing local supports to teachers and schools in the catchment area

1st Floor, Marshall House, Dooradoyle, Limerick
(061) 585060

info@lec.ie
www.lec.ie

!!!! Laois Education Centre

Laois Education Centre promotes the arts at both Primary and Post-Primary level.  Our aim is to ensure that teachers and schools receive supports in various strands of The Arts that will further their capacity to teach these strands at Primary and Post-Primary level.

We engage with outside agencies i.e. The Arts Council, The Heritage Council, Laois County Council Arts Officer etc.

We offer schools the opportunity to participate in various national initiatives such as:

We also offer local courses such as film, music, and art courses covering all strands of the Primary Curriculum.

We invested heavily as part of the Laois Commemoration of the Centenary of the 1916 Rising in a collaborative Laois Post-Primary schools project. This was unique as all Post-Primary schools in the county participated in this project. As a result, on entering Laois Education Centre you cannot but be impressed by the large ceramic wall sculpture “looking Back – Looking Forward”.  By means of visual imagery, it tells the complex story, in its own unique way, of 1916 and beyond, of the heroes and the ordinary man, of the everyday artefacts and of the symbols of past and future all of which have made our Nation what it is.  It was a mammoth ask of all involved, starting with a blank canvas, teasing our possible ideas, problem, solutions and outcomes for the group of 12 teachers and thirty one student ambassadors from their respective schools.

!!!! Kilkenny Education Centre

Providing local supports to teachers and schools in the catchment area

Seville Lodge, Callan Road, Kilkenny
(056) 7760200

kecsec@eircom.net
www.eckilkenny.ie

!!!! Kildare Education Centre

Kildare Education Centre provide local supports to schools, teachers, parents, board and other relevant persons which support them in carrying out their functions in respect of the provision of education in our catchment area. Our Arts Education Strategy promotes innovative and enriched arts practice in school communities; provides CPD to achieve high quality arts in education opportunities; encourages the up-skilling of teachers at primary & Post-Primary levels and building the capacity in our schools to deliver enriching and enhancing arts experiences for students.

This includes:

!!!! Ionad Oideachas An Daingean

Providing local supports to teachers and schools in the catchment area

An Chúilín, An Daingean, Co. Chiarraí
(066) 9151866
iocdad@eircom.net

!!!! Ionad na Múinteoirí Ionad Oideachais Ghort a’ Choirce

Providing local supports to teachers and schools in the catchment area

Gort a’ Choirce, Tír Chonaill, Contae Dún na nGall
(074) 9165556
Mobile: (087) 1825358

inmr@eircom.net

!!!! Ionad Múinteoirí Chonamara

Providing local supports to teachers and schools in the catchment area

Aird Thiar, Cárna, Conamara, Co. na Gaillimhe
(087) 7916876

imchonamara@hotmail.com

!!!! Galway Education Centre

Galway Education Centre supports the arts in education in a variety of ways, including through the provision of opportunities for professional development for school leaders and teachers in a range of related pedagogical, curricular and educational areas at primary and secondary level.

Galway Education Centre works in collaboration with national educational organisations such as the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST), National Council for Special Education (NCSE), Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT), National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and others to provide an integrated and cross-sectoral CPD service to support the arts in education for schools.

Galway Education Centre is involved in many projects and initiatives:

CRAFTed: The promotion of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland’s Primary Schools Visual Arts education based programme which brings a local craftsperson, teacher and pupils together to work collaboratively on a craft and design programme in primary schools. Participating schools are invited into the Centre to showcase their work and to talk about the process involved in creating their work of art.

Teacher-Artist Partnerships (TAP): The co-ordination of the Teacher Artist Partnership at local level which provides the opportunity for schools to work collaboratively with artists in specific areas in support of the Arts in Education.

Creative Clusters: The promotion of the Creative Clusters initiative whereby schools work collaboratively on creative projects with the support of expertise from the local community.

Continuing professional development in the arts in education: the provision of a variety of courses in the arts in education, including visual arts, music and drama. Courses in these curricular areas are included as part of the summer, autumn and spring programmes.

!!!! Dublin West Education Centre

The Dublin West Education Centre is a statutory body funded by the Department of Education Skills. It is a member of the network of thirty Education Centres nationally, which acts as a strategic resource for the Department. The Centre provides services for schools, teachers, parents, boards and other relevant persons which support them in carrying out their functions in respect of the provision of education which is recognised for that purpose by the Minister.  The Centre provides Continuing Professional Development (CPD)  for teachers and school communities.  It promotes the Arts at both Primary and Post-Primary level and engages the Arts Council, South Dublin County Council Arts Officer, etc.

We offer schools the opportunity to participate in various national initiatives such as:

and provide local courses covering all strands of the Primary Curriculum.

!!!! Drumcondra Education Centre

Drumcondra Education Centre supports the Arts at both Primary and Post-Primary level.  Our aim is to ensure that teachers and schools receive supports in various strands of The Arts that will further their capacity to teach these strands at Primary and Post-Primary level.

We offer schools the opportunity to participate in various national initiatives such as:

 

!!!! Donegal Education Centre

Donegal Education Support Centre is an open and innovative Centre which inspires and supports teaching and learning in the educational community. The Arts are an integral part of the cultural, tourism and economic development of our catchment area of Co. Donegal. Therefore, our programme of local courses, initiatives and projects are offered in collaboration with the Arts and Heritage Officers and the many local arts organisations who support us to deliver high quality opportunities to local schools and teachers. The Centre is heavily involved in the CRAFTed Programme.

The CRAFTed Programme gives primary school children and teachers an exciting opportunity to explore their creativity and learn new skills by working with local professional craftspeople in the classroom. Participating schools work closely with a local artist in a very hands on initiative with children’s work being showcased an annual event in the Cultural Centre each May. Donegal Education Support Centre are also part of the Teacher-Artist Partnership (TAP) arts in education initiative that trains teachers and artists to work collaboratively together to provide a 20 hour residency in primary schools.

We also support clusters of schools, through the Creative Cluster scheme, to work together to progress creative projects and to experiment, innovate and collaborate on the design, implementation and evaluation of a collaborative creative learning project. Schools have access to creative people, skills and resources from their local communities.

Here in Donegal, we are fortunate to have fabulously talented crafts and art people who share their expertise in local classrooms and work closely with our teachers throughout the county, providing local supports to teachers and schools in the catchment area.

!!!! Cork Education Support Centre

Cork Education Support Centre supports the Arts in Education through the provision of opportunities for professional development for teachers, engagement in projects such as Teacher/Artist Partnership (TAP), Creative Clusters and Summer courses. Our TAP courses and Creative Clusters are very well attended and supported by Cork City Council Art Department. We have a very proactive artist base in Cork that cover a wide variety of mediums such as Drama, Poetry, Visual, Puppetry and Music.

Teacher Artist Partnership summer courses offer an opportunity to explore an arts-in-education initiative where artists and teachers train to work in partnership in a primary school setting. The TAP Residency programme is a fully funded in-school opportunity to work collaboratively in the classroom for the following academic year. The programme aims to improve literacy, numeracy and wellbeing in the classroom environment whilst also allowing students and pupils alike to explore their artistic talents.

The Creative Clusters Scheme forms part of the Creative Youth plan to enable the creativity of our children and young people. There is a grant available to participating schools and Clusters can consist of primary schools only, post-primary schools only or a combination of primary and post primary schools, with a minimum of three schools participating and a maximum of five. This programme provides an opportunity for clusters of schools to experiment, innovate and collaborate on the design, implementation and evaluation of a bespoke creative learning project, with access to a specialist facilitator, artist or creative expertise in whatever their own chosen area of interest or theme might be. These resources help the schools build a programme of learning and activities tailor-made for their students.

!!!! Wexford Education Centre

Providing local supports to teachers and schools in the catchment area
Milehouse Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

 

!!!! Clare Education Centre

Clare Education Centre supports the arts in education through the provision of opportunities for professional development for teachers, engagement in projects, promotion of STEAM activities and hosting classes for enjoyment in art, painting, music and drama.

Clare Education Centre actively promotes the CRAFTed initiative where a local craftsperson provides a craft and design programme in primary schools where pupils can engage in a hands-on ‘in classroom’ collaborative process and experience the learning and engagement in the learning process.

Clare Education Centre coordinates locally the Teacher – Artist Partnership (TAP) arts in education initiative that trains teachers and artists to work collaboratively together to provide a 20 hour residency in an area of the Arts in the teachers class.

Under the auspices of Clare Education Centre, schools are encouraged and facilitated to participate in the Creative Clusters initiative, which allows clusters of schools to identify an area of the Arts that they wish to develop in their schools and to carry out this project as a group with the support of an experienced Arts facilitator.

The STEAM project at Clare Education Centre, encourages and supports schools in active engagement with STEAM initiatives through modelling, peer teaching, demonstrations and active discovery.

In addition to the provision of continued professional development courses for teachers in areas of the arts, Clare Education Centre also provides art classes for pleasure.

 

!!!! Cavan Education Centre

Providing local supports to teachers and schools in the catchment area

Cavan & Monaghan Education & Training Board (CMETB)
Church View Square, Church Street, Cavan

(049) 4332259
info@cavanec.ie
www.cavanec.ie

!!!! Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre

Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre supports the Arts in Education through the provision of opportunities for professional development for teachers, engagement in projects such as CRAFTed, Teacher Artist Partnership (TAP), Creative Cluster and various Summer and local courses.

CRAFTed is the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Primary School Visual Arts based educational programme. It promotes learning through creativity and innovation, placing professional craftspeople to work alongside teachers in primary schools. It focuses on integrated learning methodologies through the Visual Arts Curriculum, using a process-led methodology that focuses on the child’s own creativity.

Teacher Artist Partnership offers teachers the opportunity to explore the nature and educational value of partnerships between teachers and artists in supporting arts education in schools. This course potentially improves literacy, numeracy & well-being in all schools including DEIS. Many schools across the country are engaged in projects with artists, ranging from one-off artist visits to longer term projects, and in a variety of art forms. Teacher/Artist Partnership looks at the ways in which working with an artist in school can be enhanced in order to provide meaningful experiences for children and a lasting impact on school practice. Particular emphasis is on the role of the teacher and artist, their unique contributions to projects and the significant benefits that can accrue from a dynamic teacher/artist relationship in the planning and implementation of projects. Placing the teacher/artist project within the overall arts curriculum in schools and exploration of practical issues are central.

We also support clusters of schools, through the Creative Cluster scheme, to work together to progress creative projects and to experiment, innovate and collaborate on the design, implementation and evaluation of a collaborative creative learning project. Schools have access to creative people, skills and resources from their local communities.

Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre offers a variety of artistic workshops in the Summer and various local workshops are run throughout the year.

!!!! Carlow Education Centre

Providing local supports to teachers and schools in the catchment area

Kilkenny Road, Carlow
Tel: (087) 2079448

cec@iol.ie
www.eccarlow.ie

!!!! Blackrock Education Centre

Blackrock Education Centre supports the arts in education in a variety of ways, including through the provision of opportunities for professional development for school leaders and teachers in a range of related pedagogical, curricular and educational areas at primary and secondary level.

Blackrock Education Centre works in collaboration with national educational organisations such as the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST), National Council for Special Education (NCSE), Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT), National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and others to provide an integrated and cross-sectoral CPD service to support the arts in education for schools.

Blackrock Education Centre is involved in many projects and initiatives:

CRAFTed: The promotion of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland’s Primary Schools Visual Arts education based programme which brings a local craftsperson, teacher and pupils together to work collaboratively on a craft and design programme in primary schools. Participating schools are invited into the Centre to showcase their work and to talk about the process involved in creating their work of art.

Teacher-Artist Partnerships (TAP): The co-ordination of the Teacher Artist Partnership at local level which provides the opportunity for schools to work collaboratively with artists in specific areas in support of the Arts in Education.

Creative Clusters: The promotion of the Creative Clusters initiative whereby schools work collaboratively on creative projects with the support of expertise from the local community.
Continuing professional development in the arts in education: the provision of a variety of courses in the arts in education, including visual arts, music and drama. Courses in these curricular areas are included as part of the summer, autumn and spring programmes.

Links with 3rd level colleges: Blackrock Education Centre works in partnership with the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) on a number of summer and term time courses. We are located in the grounds of the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) and we also have established links with IADT in the arts and with their film studio for the FIS (Film in Schools) programme.

!!!! Athlone Education Centre

Athlone Education Centre supports the arts in education in a variety of ways, including the following:

CRAFTed: The promotion of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland’s Primary Schools Visual Arts education based programme which brings a local craftsperson, teacher and pupils together to work collaboratively on a craft and design programme in primary schools. Participating schools are invited into the Centre to showcase their work and to talk about the process involved in creating their work of art.

Teacher-Artist Partnerships (TAP): The co-ordination of the Teacher Artist Partnership at local level which provides the opportunity for schools to work collaboratively with artists in specific areas in support of the Arts in Education.

Creative Clusters: The promotion of the Creative Clusters initiative whereby schools work collaboratively on creative projects with the support of expertise from the local community.

Continuing Professional Development in the Arts in Education: The provision of a variety of courses in the Arts in Education, including Visual Arts, Music and Drama. Courses in these curricular areas are included as part of the Summer, Autumn and Spring Programmes.

Links with Féile Ceoil na Scoileanna Átha Luain: Athlone Education Centre has a long standing association with Féile Ceoil na Scoileanna Átha Luain, which provides schools with the opportunity to promote the Arts in Education, including poetry, music, drama, mime and recitation.

Links with the Royal Irish Academy of Music: Athlone Education Centre is used as an examination venue by the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

!!!! The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin

Co-founded by The Arts Council and Trinity College Dublin in 1978, The Douglas Hyde Gallery is a contemporary art gallery within the grounds of Trinity campus. Alongside a diverse programme of developing, producing and presenting innovative Irish and international exhibitions, the Gallery runs a Learning and Engagement programme that seeks to open out discussion around the exhibitions.

This programme includes free screenings, talks, tours and other events by artists, curators, academics and others. The programme makes connections across disciplines and forms, bringing different creative languages into a broader conversation around the function of art and the role of the gallery.

The knowledgeable and friendly Gallery team regularly offer free tours of our exhibitions to second and third level students, particularly sixth year art students preparing for the gallery question in the Leaving Certificate.

Through the learning and engagement programme, The Douglas Hyde Gallery actively engages with a diversity of communities, from the student and academic community in Trinity, to communities in the wider city, nationally and internationally.

!!!! Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin

The RHA supports children and young people to engage in our exhibitions, studio and wider programmes through a variety of channels. A current strategic focus for the organisation is to develop our younger audiences, in particular those in second level education and youth projects. We are currently building a number of strands of programming that will support this aim, which includes the development of a secondary school arts in education programme. Over an extended period we aim to develop long term relationships with the students and art teachers in three inner city schools, this will include annual artist residency projects, one-off exhibition and studio visits at the RHA, professional development days, where students will meet with staff from the RHA to learn about their career paths and daily work, and work experience placements. This new strand builds on previous projects with Ringsend College funded by Mayson Hayes & Curran and Loreto College, St Stephen’s Green.

We also support primary school children to engage with art practice through one-off exhibition tours and studio visits. With additional resources, we would seek to expand our primary school programme to include longer term projects.

!!!! Temple Bar Gallery & Studios

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios has been developing close connections with inner city schools since 2013, at both primary and secondary level, through our Creative Generations programme and more recently through collaborations with Education Curator Katy Fitzpatrick and Philosopher Prof. Aislinn O’Donnell and their Art and Philosophy in the Classroom project. We aim to support children and young people to directly encounter high quality art and to develop their skills working with professional artists and art practitioners.

We work with schools through one-off exhibition and studio visits, and longer-term outreach projects (both on and off-site) taking place over 4 – 8 weeks. Visiting the gallery and the artist’s studio gives an insight into the ways that artists work and how artwork is presented in a gallery space.

Our Creative Generations programme of artist residencies involves TBG+S studio artists working collaboratively with children over 8-weeks to create an ambitious new artwork for their school.

The Art and Philosophy strand of programming engages students with a gallery based exhibition, through discussion, art and performance activities, philosophical inquiry, and art making.

!!!! Gallery of Photography, Dublin

The Education Programme encourages individuals and groups to engage with photography through a broad range of activities.

 

!!!! Limerick City Gallery of Art

Limerick City Gallery of Art places education and learning at the heart of its programming agenda with an Access Programme running in conjunction with its exhibitions.

!!!! The Model: home of The Niland Collection

The Model: home of the Niland Collection is a dynamic and innovative centre for the contemporary arts in the North West. It is a multi-disciplinary space, led by visual art, with a particular interest in programming exhibitions, performances, music and film that coalesce and find new platforms for engagement, learning and artistic expression.

Education and community is at the core of what we do, providing a social space for communities to meet, dialogue, engage, create and participate in the arts.

!!!! Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny

Regional Cultural Centre is a multi-disciplinary arts facility developed by Donegal County Council. It presents a programme of exhibitions, concerts, film, digital media and education and outreach.

The centre incorporates a first floor art gallery, an auditorium with 150 retractable seats and full cinema facilities, three multi-purpose workshops, two dedicated digital media suites, two small music rehearsal rooms and two foyer galleries. An ongoing programme of local, national and international art exhibitions is presented throughout the year.

The RCC has an extensive education and community arts programme. and is dedicated to making
the building and its services accessible to the widest possible range of people with a particular emphasis on access, cultural diversity and social inclusion, engagement, participation, education and training. The Centre organises schools’, children’s and family events including the annual Wainfest for children each October in partnership with DCC Cultural Services. Youth arts events in the RCC are organised in partnership with Donegal Youth Services, Donegal Youth Council and Donegal Travellers Project including the annual DYS Rock School each summer.

The RCC also hosts a wide range of weekly community arts activities organised by Cara House Family Resource Centre and others, and regular workshops and events held by cultural, educational, community development and health organisations throughout the year.

!!!! Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Leitrim

Programming includes exhibitions, artists’ residencies, workshops, training, research, masterclasses, talks and symposia

New Line, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim
071) 985 5098

www.leitrimsculpturecentre.ie

!!!! The Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick

The Lime Tree Theatre is a 510 seat theatre, situated on the campus of Mary Immaculate College in Limerick. Opened in 2012, the theatre also programmes and manages the Belltable in Limerick city centre and has a significant focus on work with and for children and young people both in and out of education settings:

Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival is a legacy festival from Limerick City of Culture 2014. The annual festival takes place over two weeks in October in the Lime Tree Theatre | Belltable. A variety of shows for children of all ages take place across the two weeks for families and schools. Artists also visit a number of schools each year.

Bualadh Bos Summer Camps take place at the Lime Tree Theatre for the first two weeks in July. We target primary level students (first to sixth class) in exposing young curious minds to the performing and visual arts. Our team of experienced facilitators focus on developing confidence, creativity and teamwork through drama, singing, dance, puppet making and arts and crafts.

A wide variety of family and schools shows take place during the year. These shows target children of all ages and interests.

 

!!!! Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire

Pavilion Theatre is located in Dún Laoghaire, a picturesque seaside town situated just 13 km south-east of Dublin city centre. Our programme covers a huge range of events with theatre, music, comedy, dance, literary, talks and family shows all well represented.

Arts in Education is something we believe in, and this is reflected in our activities.

Many of our family events for young children include schools’ performances, while we have long facilitated the staging of works on the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate curricula.

Through our Patron Donation Award and Studio Space Award we have supported the development of high-quality educational theatre by, for example, Branar, Bombinate Theatre, Game Theory and Anna Newell.

!!!! Friar’s Gate Theatre, Kilmallock. Co. Limerick

Friars’ Gate Theatre is an intimate venue in the heart of County Limerick.  We host an ongoing programme of events including theatre, music, film and festivals.

Over the past twenty plus years, Friars’ Gate has presented a busy and diverse programme as well as an education and outreach programme bringing an eclectic artistic mix and teaching of the highest standards to a wide rural audience.  We are dedicated to running a successful, thriving theatre and arts centre which is an asset to all members of the community and a haven of cultural and artistic activity.

We run weekly drama, singing and art camps led by professional facilitators throughout the academic year as well as summer camps.

!!!! Cork Opera House

Cork Opera House (COH) and University College Cork (UCC) are involved in a partnership to educate and inspire the next generation of arts managers, creative practitioners and professionals.

The collaboration establishes COH as the world’s first Learning Theatre. This partnership aims to enrich the student experience in UCC and positively impact both organisations; facilitating new learning and artistic experiences for Cork audiences. Combining synergies and expertise from both organisations to give better value for public funds. Facilitating new creative practice opportunities and preparing industry experienced arts graduates.

UCC students can avail of a city centre venue for dissemination of creative practice research in the form of talks, workshops, symposia, master classes, pre & post-show talks with invited professionals and share the output of academic research with the public.

To find out more about their Masters in Arts Management and Creative Producing, please follow this link.

!!!! The Town Hall Theatre, Galway

The epicentre of activity for virtually all of Galway’s key festivals and cultural events including Baboró Festival for Children.

!!!! Graffiti Theatre Company, Cork

Graffiti Theatre Company is a professional theatre company that creates Theatre for Young Audiences – aged 0 to 18. We are also home to Activate Youth Theatre (15 to 18) Activate Pre-Senior (13 to 15) and Activate Junior (10 to 13) which provide weekly drama workshops that lead to productions. We value participation and champion young voices. Our aim is to provide access to theatre and creativity to all children and young people regardless of social, economical, educational or physical barriers.

Our Creative Learning programmes are delivered in creches, primary and post primary schools. They include: BEAG an early years project which delivers creative encounters in creches, Fighting Words at Graffiti which is a partnership with Fighting Words, delivering free creative writing workshops to primary and post primary students and our Young Playwrights Programme in partnership with the Everyman Theatre and Cork Midsummer Festival.

We provide a range of outreach workshops: Wellbeing, Anti Bulling, Moving On and Raising My Voice. Our You Get What You Give workshop series in partnership with CIT focus’s on setting goals in education for transition year students. We believe that arts provision should be FOR children and Young People as well as BY children and Young People.

 

!!!! Waterford Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal works to contribute to the advancement of arts and arts education through the promotion and encouragement of cultural and artistic activities.

Through its programme of activities, the theatre supports the creation and presentation of the arts across a range of artforms and arts practices.

Theatre Royal strives to be at the heart of its community. It stirs emotions, entertains, enlightens and informs its wide reaching audience and is recognised for supporting and nurturing community theatre, those involved in amateur theatre and fosters a love of theatre for young people.

The Shakespeare Review

The Theatre Royal’s Shakespeare Review programme works with teachers, Shakespearean actors and experienced young adult theatre facilitators to review the current Leaving Certificate text. The bold and exciting ninety-minute performance of Hamlet helps students gain a deeper understanding of Shakespeare’s iconic masterpiece by lifting the play off the page and onto the stage, making it accessible for students as they start their exam revision. The actors vividly present key scenes on stage which are then explored in detail by the facilitator between scenes, bringing to life Shakespeare’s vibrant characters.

“Discussing the scenes in a modern way made it very easy for the students to relate to.” – Tipperary Teacher

“Excellent ideas for classroom approach.” – East Cork Teacher

“Enjoyable and worthwhile, gave students a focus for study and revision” – Waterford City teacher

Theatre Skills Mentoring Programme

Theatre Skills Mentoring Programme is an exciting opportunity for young people in partnership with educational, artistic and financial partners and presented by Theatre Royal.

This initiative aims to:

– Deliver a practical and hands on experience for young people who wish to gain further experience in arts practices under strategically laid out modules.
– Provide young people who have a keen and real interest in developing arts skills with learning opportunities and professional supports.
– Ensure that the collective expertise and skills shared amongst Waterford’s arts professionals are transferred to emerging arts practitioners – creators, leaders, makers – those who want to learn.
– Create comfortable scenarios for reflective evaluation throughout the entire process on all levels.

15 week module with learning opportunities under the following roles

❖ Production & Stage Management – incorporating practical technical skills

❖ Theatre Design – for set, costume and props

❖ Event/production Development, Script Writing, Direction and performance

❖ Event Management – incorporating budget, scheduling, discussion & meetings

❖ Arts Marketing, Promotion & Sales

This initiative will encourage combined thinking as a ‘production company’ and with mentoring support from arts professionals and venues will provide each individual with the opportunity to fully realise their creative potential.

Interactive Tours @ Theatre Royal for Young People

Bring your students into the heart of Waterford’s iconic cultural building. Let them experience a fun, imaginative and exciting onstage drama workshop. This 80-minute visit will incorporate a backstage tour and will provide them with an opportunity to experience a live working theatre, hear its stories and ask questions about the building and how it operates.

Our tour guides and drama facilitators look forward to welcoming your group.

Suitable for ages 8 to 18 and for TY’s, Primary Schools, Language Schools, Youth Groups.

“It was a pleasure to be at the Theatre Royal, the drama facilitator did a great job with the students. They all learnt a lot. I think you do a great job organizing these activities with kids, as they learn self-confidence and love for drama. It will be a pleasure to be back in Waterford soon.” Adventure Programme H4 Facilitator, Summer 2018

€7 per student, we welcome groups of 20 or more and can facilitate large numbers over 2.5 to 3hour sessions.

To book and for more information contact Anouschka, tickets@theatreroyal.ie or by phone on 051 874402.

!!!! Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre hosts a year-round programme of events including theatre, music, film, dance, comedy and festivals.

Educational strands run through many of the events and festivals for which Birr Theatre acts as a hub including Scripts Playwriting Festival, OFFline Film Festival and  Birr Festival of Music & Voice.

Birr Theatre runs summer camps including School of Rock, a vocal, instrument, song-writing and industry-based camp for teenagers age 14-19, facilitated by a music professional. A Chance to Dance is a summer camp for children age 6+ with special educational needs supported by Birr Stage Guild, Birr Municipal District & Birr Lions Club hosted by Birr Theatre with a trained facilitator.

Hullabaloo!, Offaly’s Children’s Arts Festival is coordinated by Offaly County Council Arts Office and Birr Theatre & Arts Centre. Birr Theatre acknowledges the support of the Arts Council.

!!!! The Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo

The Hawk’s Well Theatre has been entertaining Sligo audiences for over 35 years. We share our passion for theatre, music and the arts by presenting inspiring, imaginative and engaging performances that reflect the vibrant culture of our community.

Our Mission Statement:
To produce and present inspiring, imaginative and engaging performances and embrace the vibrant culture in Sligo by providing a creative space for performance, collaboration and learning.

Our Artistic Policy: Inspiring, Creating and Entertaining

Inspiring: to provide a welcome, friendly venue for the community of Sligo and the North West which gives artistic opportunities to performers in the community and to inspire people of all ages to engage with the Arts through workshops and events.

Creating: to produce and co-produce new, innovative work by emerging and established artists and support their development.

Entertaining: to present an artistic and vibrant programme with the best in contemporary and classical work across various art forms.

!!!! Backstage Theatre, Longford

Backstage Theatre’s stated mission is to promote the development of the arts by presenting a high quality, diverse and innovative programme of arts activities which is valued by and engages the community we serve and which provides a platform and resource for artists and companies to present their work. One of our objectives, in pursuance of this mission, is to provide a platform for local arts practice, encouraging and facilitating participation in the arts locally as audience and active practitioners. To this end we strive to ensure that policies and programmes are developed to provide access and interactive participation for education in drama and performing arts to schools and young people.

Our annual programme includes:

 

 

!!!! Ramor Theatre, Virginia, Cavan

A youth drama programme with regular drama workshops for children

Main St, Virginia, Co Cavan

(049) 854 7074

www.ramortheatre.com

!!!! Garage Theatre, Monaghan

Arts in Education strategy for the Garage Theatre centres around finding meaningful opportunities to foster the inherent and instrumental benefits of the arts, culture and creativity into lifelong learning for children and young people. At the Garage, we programme events bringing children and young people into our wonderfully creative space to engage with the arts. A key strategy of finding new, exciting partnerships whilst also strengthening existing ones.

Current programing includes:

 

!!!! An Grianán Theatre, Donegal

An Grianán Youth Theatre is based at An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny, Donegal. Affiliated to Youth Theatre Ireland, it offers excellent tuition in a professional theatre environment. Classes are held throughout the school year for ages 7 to 21. Students are introduced to key drama skills including stage craft, creative play, performance development, confidence building, team work and social skills development. Live performance lies at the heart of the youth theatre – from small showcases to full scale productions and in special projects such as Cruinniú na nÓg and the Earagail Arts Festival. It is also an ideal stepping stone for those wishing to go on to study acting, theatre and performing arts at third level.

 

!!!! Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare

Riverbank Arts Centre works in partnership with international, national and local artists to deliver an accessible and consistently high quality arts programme in an intimate environment. We provide a multi-disciplinary programme which includes theatre, cinema, comedy, music, dance, workshops and visual arts. With a dedicated children’s gallery and programming of high quality theatre and workshops for younger audiences, Riverbank is also committed to promoting early engagement with, and access to the arts.

Riverbank Arts Centre is active in contributing to the development of quality arts programmes for children, including children with a wide range of needs. Programmes and performances are being offered to engage children with Autism and PMLD (profound & multi learning difficulties) with the needs of the child placed at the centre of the programme and the emphasis placed on high quality arts. Collaborations with Theatre Lovett, Fidget Feet and Anna Newell lead to a strong programme of quality theatre for younger audiences. Outside of the theatre programme Riverbank also offers a strong visual arts programme and is developing an interactive programme across literature, digital arts, science and performance for 2-16 years. We partner with the IFI for educational screenings. In addition, we have a strong literary programme for young people. We are the Kildare partner for Fighting Words and programme creative writing workshops for primary and secondary schools. We also programme one-off events and workshops, including recent schools’ events with writers Sarah Webb and Padraig Kenny.

In recent years we have co-produced, commissioned and supported numerous productions and projects for early years and young audiences and we are contributing to artform development through both presenting new work and through actively supporting and engaging in collaborations, co-productions and residencies.

Riverbank Arts Centre strategic focus and commitment to developing a core programme for young and early years audiences has been crucial to our ability to engage with the wider community and to create a platform for inclusion of children and young people in the cultural life of their community both through spectatorship and through participation.

As a venue we are constantly evolving the ways in which we connect with schools and enhance and engage with arts education in the classroom. In 2019, Riverbank Arts Centre joined the Creative Schools programme. A core staff member of our team has been appointed as a Creative Associate and will be working directly with selected schools towards developing an integrated arts in education strategy.

 

!!!! Rua Red Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin

Rua Red 2017 – 2020 Programme

New Programme, New Vision

In October 2017 Rua Red embarked on a new high profile International Exhibition Programme and surrounding Education and Outreach Programme. The new programme focuses on the importance of People, Politics and Place and is specifically tailored to Rua Red as it is designed and developed around important issues that are significant and meaningful to the people of South Dublin County.

The new exhibition programme is in partnership with the London based non-profit organisation ‘a/political’ who collaborate with internationally renowned socio-political artists. ‘a/political’ initiate and tour large-scale projects world-wide and produce ambitious projects outside the controls of the contemporary art market. a/political represent a number of high profile international artists such as Ai Wei Wei, Andres Serrano, Santiago Sierra, Gustav Metzger, Barbara Kruger, Shiran Neeshat and Andres Molodkin many of whom have never exhibited in Ireland before.

!!!! Draíocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin

Draiocht – Space for Vision



OUR VISION 


Our vision is of an Ireland where everyone has the opportunity to enjoy and be enriched by the arts.

OUR MISSION

Draíocht means magic. 
Our name gives us a clear mission: to share the magic of the arts.

We do so in three ways:

One of our 5 Strategic Priorities is CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE and specifically Giving children and young people a voice. Draiocht’s Goal is to enable art for, by and with children and young people.
Our belief in the value of the arts for children and young people as well as the demographics of the area drives this priority for us. We want to offer every child and young person ongoing access to the arts in a safe and stimulating environment where they feel free to be their creative selves. Our work will be informed by what we know but, more importantly, will respond to what the younger members of our community tell us is relevant and of interest to them. In doing so, we will uphold our position as a model of best practice in arts provision for children and young people.

What we are setting out to do to achieve this goal:

How we will know we have achieved this goal?

 

Read Draiocht’s New 5 Year Strategy ‘Space For The Arts’ 2018-2022 here:
https://www.draiocht.ie/content/files/Draiocht_Strategy_2018-2022_FA_(WEB).pdf

!!!! Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Project is Ireland’s first arts centre: an independent and ambitious multidisciplinary organisation in the heart of Dublin that houses a year-round programme of exhibitions, dance, theatre, opera and other performance events. Project is a home for contemporary arts, a producing house, a resource for artists and a critical hub, working with artists across all art forms to make and present extraordinary work that inspires and provokes.

 

We believe fundamentally in the transformative power of art, and that the artistic community can be a powerful and profound force for change. Influenced, inspired and shaped by our location in the heart of Dublin city and the diversity of people who live here, our reputation and influence reaches nationally and internationally.

 

Audience engagement is at the heart of what we do. We want to find out more about what our audiences think about the work that we are creating and to make meaningful connections between them, us and the artists we champion. Through our Project Artists initiative, access programmes, partnerships with secondary schools and community outreach schemes we encourage, nurture and advocate for all forms of artistic development across all ages and audiences.

 

We believe in the potential of every individual. Our access programmes creates opportunities for secondary school students to see professional work, to participate in workshops with presenting artists, and to partner with artists on creative projects. Many of the artists we work with have extraordinary track records working with community and youth groups and we are keen to bring this experience and commitment to young adults. Our aim is to provide the next generation of Irish audiences and artists with the opportunity to make work that is relevant to their lives and for which they have a sense of authorship. We are motivated by the importance of arts and creativity in secondary education, and invested in creating opportunities for young people to explore their creative potential, bringing them to the heart of Project.

!!!! Axis Arts Centre, Ballymun, Dublin

Axis as a learning organisation provides opportunity across age contexts for people to explore their creativity, leading onto the development of skills and experience in a chosen artform or project. Axis has a huge focus on work with and for children and young people both within and without education settings:

 

 

!!!! Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow

The Outreach & Educational Programme works with schools, youth services, adults and disability groups

Main Street, Tinahely, Co. Wicklow

(0402) 38529

www.courthousearts.ie

!!!! Ionad Culturtha, Ballyvourney, Co. Cork

Iona Cultúrtha promotes high quality arts in the Gaeltacht and encourages public interest and participation in the arts

Baile Mhúirne, Co Chorcaí

026 45733

www.ionadculturtha.ie

!!!! Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre

Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre is a publicly funded arts facility that creates opportunities for the people of West Cork to have access to, and engagement with local and global arts practice of excellence.

Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, Education and Community programme provides an important resource and support for artists living and working locally and nationally. It presents creative engagement opportunities for communities that increase arts participation and make accessible, critical cultural experiences for a rural community.

West Cork Arts Centre works with local, national and international artists, arts organisations and other agencies to present a high quality visual art and dance programme that offers the people of West Cork a broad and in-depth experience of contemporary arts.

Creative learning is at the heart of its activities with a wide range of events, workshops, community-based projects, partnership programmes, screenings, seminars, talks and tours on offer throughout the year. The unique and enriching opportunity to experience and work with real artworks and live artists is explored through many of its integrated and inclusive programmes.

Our multidisciplinary Artists’ Residencies provide space and support for artists to work, network, collaborate, develop projects and engage directly with the public. Having artists working on site creates unique opportunities for people to experience how artworks develop over a period of time.

!!!! Triskel Arts Centre, Cork

Triskel Arts Centre is a vibrant cultural HUB in the heart of Cork City celebrating 40 years in 2018. The main auditorium Triskel Christchurch is a multidisciplinary space housed in a fully refurbished neoclassical Georgian Church.  This state of the art venue which launched in 2011 features a rich bill of live music, cultural cinema, visual art exhibitions and literary events. Triskel runs a second contemporary art room Triskel Gallery Space.  Our education strategy is to hold talks, workshops, master classes, school screenings in line with our programme and to engage with education establishments in order to respond to the needs voiced by them.  Since our return to Triskel in 2011, our motto has been ‘we are open – seven days a week’.

 

!!!! Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co Cork

Sirius Arts Centre is a multi-disciplinary arts organisation in the Cobh-Glanmire municipal district of east Cork. It is housed in a beautiful Italiante building that was designed by Anthony Salvin in 1854 to house the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest in the world. For thirty-one years the building has housed the Sirius Arts Centre; an organisation that is dedicated to the facilitation and development of artistic expression on a local, national and international stage. This is the only organisation of its kind in the east Cork area.

Sirius serves as an intermediary between art and the public that endeavours to raise public awareness of art including additional community programming that encourages exploration through direct participation in the arts. Each year Sirius offers a number of participatory projects as well as tours tailored to each exhibition to local primary schools, secondary schools and youth groups.

!!!! Waterford Youth Arts

Established in 1985 and next year celebrating thirty five years in business, Waterford Youth Arts is one of Ireland’s oldest and leading youth arts organisations. Catering for over 300 young people each year aged between 3 and 19 years, WYA offers the opportunity to explore the world of the arts in a fun and engaging way.

Running a series of workshops year-round for all skill levels in Visual Art, Creative Writing, Film, Youth Drama and Dance, young people are taught by experienced tutors who all have years of experience in their respective fields. The arts is a proven way for young people to develop confidence, uncover hidden talents and make some great friends.

But that’s not all, WYA also runs special events including productions, exhibitions, new publications of young writing, films and gives young people the opportunity of working with arts professionals from the industry. There are also lots of chances for young people to explore the technical and support sides to arts events including production, lighting, sound and PR.

 

 

 

 

!!!! Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford

Garter Lane Arts Centre is a vibrant and thriving venue for visual arts, theatre, dance, comedy, music, film and literature in the heart of Waterford City. Garter Lane Arts Centre welcomes over 30,000 visitors annually and is supported by the Arts Council, Waterford City Council, the Department of Social Protection, its Patrons and Friends. Garter Lane Arts Centre has been at the heart of the community of Waterford for over 30 years, through its diverse year-round programme of exhibitions, performances and outreach programme. Our outreach programme includes a diverse range of creative activities for babies, toddlers, children and their families, young people, artistic practitioners and senior citizens.

The aim of Garter Lane’s Education/Outreach Programme is to create opportunities for a wider community in engaging with the arts and to generate an access point where people can interact with artists in meaningful ways not only as participants but also as creators.

!!!! Tipperary Excel Arts & Culture

The centre’s youth arts programme includes Excel Dance School and Excel Youth Theatre

Mitchell St, Tipperary

Phone:(062) 80520

www.tipperary-excel.com

!!!! Wexford Arts Centre

Visual arts education is at the core of the Wexford Arts Centre programme. We strive to support and promote arts education in the county, working with the belief that the arts are essential for young people offering an open platform for self-expression, communication and understanding of the world that surrounds them. The arts can provide an inclusive learning environment for young people. The Wexford Arts Centre aims to help its young participants realise their own abilities, develop social skills and remind them of their unique talents and strengths in a calm and supportive environment.

!!!! VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Arts & George Bernard Shaw Theatre

Our education and engagement activities for children and young people are designed to foster critical thinking and creative self-expression and to experience the arts as a valuable way of thinking about the world. Our activities are artist-led and focus on actively engaging with and responding to VISUAL’s exhibition programme to experience the meaning and relevance of contemporary arts practice in everyday life.

 

Annual programme:

• Parent and toddler make and do
• Free drop-in make and play space in the galleries around season exhibition themes, with worksheets to assist children in independently exploring exhibition themes through creative play.
• Primary school creative workshops developed around season exhibition themes.
• Curriculum-based Schools programme of Junior and Senior Cycle intensive workshops in visual arts, plus curriculum-based theatre productions and film screenings with study aids.
• Skills-based work placement programmes for TY and Further Education.
• Annual partnership with Carlow Kilkenny ETB for artist-led students project in response to exhibition programme.
• Dancehall Youth, teen dance group who engage with and respond to contemporary dance practice, in partnership with Dance Company United Fall.
• Carlow Youth Theatre supported through provision of office, workshop and theatre space and reduced tickets to selected national touring drama.

 

In addition to the annual programme, we also develop specific activities for children and young people in response to particular aspects of our exhibition programme.

In 2018, this included:

• Creativity and Engineering project for primary schools, in partnership with Engineers Ireland, as part of Spring exhibition themes of engineering and technology.
• The Sandwich Project – food production and sustainability project for primary school children by artist Lisa Fingleton, as part of summer exhibition themes around sustenance.
• Town Planners – schools engagement programme and Summer Camp to empower creative participation by young people in their built environment, in partnership with Workhouse Union
• Artist Residency – Claire Breen has developed an indepth relational engagement programme for primary schools to develop connection and participation with the socially-engaged practice of Marjetica Potrc and the exhibition theme of shelter.

2019 activities will include:

• Towns and Villages outreach project for County Carlow around biodiversity and town planning
• Music-based youth engagement programme around Summer 2019 exhibition themes of gathering and sharing culture
• Art and philosophy programme for young people around Autumn exhibition themes of wellbeing and the institution, in partnership with Superprojects

 

!!!! Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

The Source Arts Centre opened its doors on 2nd October 2006 and has firmly established itself as one of the best live venues in the heart of the country. The Source Arts Centre comprises of a 250 seat theatre, visual art gallery, community studio space and café/bar.

The Source Arts Centre aims to provide the people of Tipperary and its hinterlands with a cultural facility offering an engaging and diverse programme of events across many art forms. Alongside the presentation of professional, new and innovative work, and its commitment to developing a broad audience for the arts, The Source also has an open door policy to regional groups, encouraging interaction in the life of the centre through a variety of activities.

Artistic Policy 2013 – 2019
The Source Arts Centre aims to create a vibrant ’go-to’ space for the arts.

The Source Arts Centre aims to 1.Engage. 2. Enrich 3. Enliven audiences in Thurles and throughout this region of Tipperary.
In addition to presenting a high quality touring programme of the best on offer across art form on the Irish circuit and internationally where possible, we place a high value on community participation and engagement with our venue. We aim to be the centre where audience and artists collide, interact, inform, enrich and present. With a focus on theatre, families, music, film and dance, in addition to a superb visual arts space, we aim to find new and lasting collaborative approaches with the local professional and amateur artistic community. We aim to create an arts infrastructure which supports and mentors professional artists working in the locality, as resources permit.

!!!! Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

Dunamaise provides artists’ talks and workshops for school groups and after school art classes for children

 

 

!!!! Glór Irish Music Centre, Ennis, Co. Clare

glór offers regular cultural programming for younger audiences and we work with all major local and national cultural organisations, to offer suitable programming for primary and post-primary schools.

In tandem with regular young audiences’ programming, recent initiatives include, glór’s Arts Schools programme (GASP), partnering with local primary and post-primary schools to offer incentives to regularly attend events in our artistic programme at discounted rates and to offer on-site performance where available; Rithimí Nua with The Irish World Academy of Music, which is a series of free lunchtime concerts showcasing emerging trad talent and regular talks and tours to accompany glór’s visual arts programme.

 

!!!! Aras Eanna Arts Centre, Inis Oírr

A multifaceted Arts and Heritage Centre housed in a renovated weaving factory on Inis Oírr Island.

 

!!!! Galway Arts Centre, Galway

Galway Arts Centre comprises of 3 galleries showing national and international contemporary arts, working with professional artists in ranging art forms for exhibitions, usually supported by auxiliary events involving talks, symposia, music, story-telling and screenings.

It provides a Visual Arts access point for all audiences, encouraging and nurturing all forms of artistic activity, facilitating emerging artists and arts groups, heightening awareness of the arts via its education programme, and providing access to its facilities for all community sectors.

Galway Arts Centre offers exciting visual art programmes, and partnerships with several Galway Festivals including Cúirt International Festival of Literature, TULCA Festival of Visual Art, Baboró International Arts Festival for Children and Galway International Arts Festival.

Education initiatives include Galway Youth Theatre, Cúirt Labs and gallery tours and workshops for primary and post-primary schools.

Galway Youth Theatre

Galway Youth Theatre is a vibrant arts resource for young people in Galway. The Theatre was set up in 1991 with the aim of providing a safe environment where young people could gain access to the arts through a theatre training programme. The training allows the participants to acquire new skills in performance and to develop their confidence and self-esteem. GYT offers its main service provision to young people in Galway city but also facilitates programmes throughout Galway County.
GYT provides a two year performance programme that aims to give participants training in various performance disciplines, from characterisation and voice work to physical movement, stage combat and improvisation. Past participants include Tommy Tiernan and Paul McClusky.
GYT actors have gone on to work in theatre, advertisements and TV programmes such as Game of Thrones and Ros na Rún. GYT also runs an outreach programme in County Galway, where professional directors and actors travel to schools and work on tailor made programmes for post-primary students.

Cúirt Labs

Taking place every April during the Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Cúirt Labs is an innovative programme for primary and post-primary students. Students attend talks, workshops and readings designed specifically for the Labs, in English and Irish, with writers, illustrators, musicians, video game designers, clowns, architects and artists.
The Labs take place in the Galway Arts Centre where three floors of gallery space become custom made spaces for inventiveness and imagination. The first two days of the Labs cater for primary school level and the third day is dedicated to post-primary pupils. Cúirt Labs also run in-school events in County Galway for primary and post-primary schools.

Leaving Cert Art History Study Day

Every year Galway Arts Centre hosts a study day refresher course for Leaving Cert Art History & Appreciation students. The course takes the form of two lectures which cover Art in Ireland and European Art (1000AD – present). These lectures function as intensive revision sessions focusing on key points – they are not intended as introductions to the topics. Hand-outs for each theme, designed in conjunction with the National Gallery of Ireland, are provided. This is followed by a visit to the Galway Arts Centre where students cover question three the ‘Visit to an Art Gallery’ question in Section III.

Post-Primary Schools

Galway Arts Centre runs gallery visits for secondary school groups. These visits are designed around each individual group, taking into account what stage of the curriculum the students are at and what they are interested in learning more about. The visits can be specifically geared towards specific learning objectives prioritised by the teacher or can simply be a way to encourage students to engage with, discuss and appreciate art.

Primary Schools

Galway Arts Centre welcomes primary school groups to visit the gallery, particularly if an exhibition is especially suited to children. Exhibition visits generally incorporate a guided interactive tour followed by a workshop designed specifically for the group. The visits are planned prior to the event in conjunction with the teacher, in order to give a high quality, tailor-made experience to the group. Specific once-off projects with primary schools, involving all pupils, have also been designed with teachers.

Galway Arts Centre also works in collaboration with Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Tulca Festival of Visual Art & Galway City & County Libraries on gallery visits and workshops.

!!!! Solstice Arts Centre, Navan

Solstice is committed to developing arts in education opportunities for schools and teachers. We currently run a large arts in education programme, providing access for both Primary and Secondary Schools to the arts through tours, talks, workshops and events. We focus on creating connections for schools and teachers to practicing artists, facilitating understanding and enjoyment of our exhibitions and events and also engaging students practically with art making in the centre. We are currently developing our Schools programme to include educational resources for teachers in Meath. This will allow us to further interpret our exhibitions for schools and to engage relevant elements of the Primary and Secondary School Curriculums in more detail, a specific focus of this is Leaving Certificate, Art Appreciation. We hope to also develop creative CPD opportunities for Primary & Secondary teachers within Solstice to encourage and support engagement with the arts in the classroom. We welcome any feedback or engagement from teachers, schools and other cultural organisations to assist us in developing our programme to meet their needs.

 

 

!!!! Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Fingal, Co. Dublin

Dedicated to the memory of master uilleann piper and folklore archivist Séamus Ennis, The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre (SEAC) is a multi-disciplinary arts centre with a year-round programme which includes music, cinema, comedy, theatre, family events, workshops, art exhibitions and educational talks.

Arts in education is reflected in many of SEAC’s activities. Our school of music runs throughout term-time and provides tuition for both children and adults in tin whistle, flute, uilleann pipes, fiddle, banjo and guitar. The end of year concert provides an opportunity for young musicians to showcase their talent to an appreciative audience of family and friends. SEAC also hosts weekly classes in Irish Dancing in addition to children’s summer camps which incorporate dance, singing and drama.

A wide range of art and craft workshops for both children and adults take place throughout the year with many seasonally themed workshops taking place around Easter, Halloween and Christmas. Children’s camps also run during summer holidays. These fun, engaging, hands-on classes provide attendees with an opportunity to gain a variety of new skills in a safe and supportive environment.

SEAC is supported by Fingal Arts Office and The Arts Council.

 

!!!! Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Co Louth

Droichead Arts Centre is a major cultural hub in the North East, welcoming an audience of over 30,000 in 2018. The multi-disciplinary arts venue and gallery in Drogheda hosts live music, international cinema, award-winning theatre & contemporary art exhibitions.

It is the also the home of the Droichead Youth Theatre, one of the most active and successful youth theatres in Ireland. The centre provides an ambitious Outreach Programme for Young People & Children, including free workshops in schools during Leanbh Children’s Festival and in the gallery for secondary schools. The Centre also hosts a wide range of free interactive events, tours and workshops throughout the year, ensuring that access to arts and cultural work is freely available and accessible to all children.

Droichead Arts Centre is committed to supporting artists in the North East region. As well as actively programming local artists into its calendar of events throughout the year, the centre also supports work through a number of residencies and “in association” programmes. The centre is a registered charity and a much loved and used resource for the people of Drogheda and its surrounding areas.

!!!! Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Co Mayo

The Linenhall Arts Centre’s overall mission can be summed up as Arts for All at the Linenhall. We consider our work with schools hugely important.

Our programme for schools includes:

!!!! The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim

The Dock is part of the fabric of the wider arts and enterprise community of Carrick on Shannon and the North West region supporting local arts initiatives and local enterprise including the many superb festival events taking place in the area.

A key element of The Dock’s overall artistic programming policy is to ensure that we provide opportunities for people of all ages and in particular, young people, to engage meaningfully with the artistic programme we provide.

The Dock offers a broad, year round programme of high quality visual arts, theatre, literature, performances, music and dance, talks, classes, youth arts, family and child-orientated days and arts leisure/learning activities from the very best of local and visiting artists and we endeavour to ensure that an educational strand is woven into the overall fabric of what we offer. To this end the centre develops classes, masterclasses, workshops and courses many of which are designed specifically with younger audiences in mind. To deliver these programmes we employ professional artists and practitioners who bring knowledge, expertise and a genuine aspiration to make the arts accessible to all through their work. In addition to bespoke educational projects The Dock hosts senior, intermediate and junior youth theatre.

The Dock works both as a receiving and development venue, offering audiences diversity and quality of arts experiences.

!!!! Mullingar Arts Centre

Mullingar Arts Centre’s principle mission is to promote the performing arts through participation, education, engagement and experience of professional performances. In particular to foster an awareness of the arts in young people as participants, students and audience members. There are several different programmes which enable young people engage with the performing arts.

Our regular annual programme for young people includes the following;

Tuition in music, drama and dance to schools via an Education Outreach Programme to primary schools.

The School Show project allows all primary schools stage a large scale production of a popular musical at the centre. All costumes, props, sets, lighting, choreography, music and direction are provided by the centre.

The centre works in collaboration with secondary schools to stage drama and musical productions.

Music in the Classroom gives schoolchildren knowledge of the mechanics of a concert band, and in association with the army band an experience of a concert band performance.

In addition to Stage Schools in Mullingar, the centre operates Stage Schools throughout the Midlands thus allowing equal access to the arts for children in rural villages. All participants take part in stage productions annually.

Access to all dance forms through the three Dance schools are within the centre.

The Youth Group and Mullingar Student Players stage a drama and a large scale musical every year.

!!!! Ballina Arts Centre, Co Mayo

Ballina Arts Centre is access-driven and participatory in ethos. Since its inception, it has developed and maintained strong links with a number of local community groups, schools and educational organisations.

The centre also plays host to a number of local dance, drama and music schools and organisations. These groups use the building regularly and feel very much ‘at home’ at the centre.

Ballina Arts Centre is a partner in two highly successful youth arts projects – The Core Youth Music Hub (in partnership with Music Generation Mayo) and Mayo Youth Theatre (in partnership with Mayo County Council).

The Core is a creative space for young musicians, under the auspices of Music Generation Mayo and housed within the centre. At The Core, young musicians can express themselves and work on their music. The building has a dedicated rehearsal space with lots of instruments (including electric guitars, drums, piano and synths, as well as a range of amplification, PA, and studio recording equipment). Members of The Core have access to a range of performance opportunities and industry workshops.

Mayo Youth Theatre was established in 1999, and is based in Ballina Arts Centre. Through the promotion and support of quality youth theatre, emphasising personal and social development, Mayo Youth Theatre provides access to drama for those aged 14 – 20 years old. Opportunities for learning are maximised by linking with other youth theatres, through travel and annual productions. These productions are developed and presented at the centre.

As part of the centre’s education programme, the venue presents workshops, talks, and seminars around the visual art exhibition programme.

With support from Access Cinema, Ballina Arts Centre also presents an annual children’s film festival, Embers, which incorporates educational schools screening.

!!!! The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim

The Glens Centre works very closely with local primary and secondary schools. It provides space for weekly theatre workshops for transition year students and also free masterclasses with professional theatre practitioners. We operate two youth theatres, one senior and one junior, from September to April.
Annually, we programme two on-site residencies for primary schools in literature & music. Schools are facilitated with a number of shows in-house whereby they can avail of our auditorium with full technical back-up.

!!!! Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, Donegal

Based at Balor Arts Centre, Balor Developmental Community Arts Group (DCA) runs a number of arts in education projects. With the kind support of local, national and international funding bodies, the Balor DCA has a celebrated history in running educational projects across the North West of Ireland.

Music in Action

The Balor DCA provides expert educational music schemes. All of these lesson plans are based on the ‘Primary Schools Curriculum’ arts education text. We believe that learning through the arts enlivens instruction, increases student involvement, and deepens both the meaning and memory of the learning at hand. Our educational music worker is Seamus Curran, who has been involved with Balor in a number of different guises, from musical director to actor. He has worked in primary schools for the last three years on various musical projects. The Balor DCA is delighted to have the opportunity to expand its arts-in-schools programme with Music in Action schemes of work. The Music in Action programme is a blend of music and education that is child-centered and suitable for all ages. The programme takes place over eight weeks with classes of one hour in duration per week. Areas covered include the introduction to musical instruments, song-writing, practice and performance as well as a focus on life skills such as concentration, observation, speaking and listening, co-operation, team building and – most importantly – creative thinking.

Drama in Action 

The Drama in Action programme is a blend of drama and education that is child-centered and suitable for all age groups. This programme takes place over eight weeks with classes of one hour in duration each week. Like Music in Action, there is also a focus on life skills, including co-operation and team building and sequencing of ideas. Educational drama can also be used as an effective educational tool to explore issue-based themes, linking with other curriculum subjects such as those covered in the Social, Personal & Heath Education curriculum.
The students who have participated on this programme have shown definite improvements in concentration skills, creative thinking, listening skills, class participation, problem solving and teamwork. The programme allows teachers to experience first-hand the implementation of drama methodologies in their own classrooms.

 

!!!! The Ark: A Cultural Centre for Children, Dublin

The Ark is a dedicated cultural centre for children that creates opportunities for children, along with their families and friends or with their school, to discover and love art. Through their work with leading Irish and international artists, children can enjoy performances in their unique child-sized theatre, view engaging exhibitions or participate in creative workshops.

Welcoming audiences from the ages of 2-12, The Ark runs on a programme to programme basis so every visit is different. Activities span across all areas of The Arts including but not limited to, Theatre, Music, Visual Art and Film. While the majority of programming comes directly from The Ark, partnerships with many of the major cultural festivals contributes to the diversity of events offered. Throughout the year you are bound to find a programme to match the tastes and interests of the young people in your lives. For the very young, The Ark offers monthly Seedlings workshops for children from ages 2-4. These are led by an Artist in Residence whose expertise lies in arts and culture for early year’s audience. The art form explored changes with each Artist in Residence.

With dedicated schools events incorporated into much of the main programme, The Ark aims to provide access to the arts to as many children as possible. They aim to facilitate in-the-classroom learning through the provision of resource packs for as many of The Ark’s events as possible and support teachers in their delivery of the curriculum through arts experiences and activities with their class.

The Ark is also dedicated to Continuing Professional Development for both teachers and arts practitioners. They host a wide range and of one day and week long CPD courses throughout the year as well continuing to create new opportunities for artist development.

For up to date information on the current Ark programme, visit their website or give their lovely Visitor Services Team a call on the number below.

 

!!!! Fingal County Council Arts Office

Fingal is defined by its rural, urban and suburban landscape, culturally diverse communities and a significant youth population, of which 30% is younger than 18 years of age.

Fingal County Council Arts Office has made cultural provision in their annual arts budget for children and young people since its inception in 1994.  The dedicated Youth & Education Officer post was established in 2005 and the first Youth & Education Policy passed by council in 2010.

Fingal Arts Office 2018 – 2025

Our Strategic Goals

We have determined four areas of work that we will focus on in the lifetime of our new County Arts Plan 2018 – 2025.  By concentrating on these areas we will be true to our purpose and realise our mission and vision, so advancing Fingal as an exceptional county to live in, work or visit.

Making SPACE for art

Through investment in infrastructure and in the creation of opportunity we will have ensured a place for the arts in peoples’ lives.

Connecting PEOPLE and IDEAS

People are confidently and imaginatively coming together through the arts.

Enabling EXCELLENCE

Fingal is known for its great artists and art.

Developing OUR CAPACITY

Fingal County Council and its Arts Office have the knowledge, skills and resources to deliver this plan.

The Youth & Education Programme

The Youth & Education Programme works across art forms and engages with both formal and non-formal education sectors. The programme has propelled the development of arts and education at local level by:

 

!!!! Tralee Education Centre

The Education Centre, Tralee is a statutory body funded by the Department of Education Skills. It is a member of the network of thirty Education Centres nationally, which acts as a strategic resource for the Department. The Centre provides services for schools, teachers, parents, boards and other relevant persons which support them in carrying out their functions in respect of the provision of education which is recognised for that purpose by the Minister. The centre, with its sister centres in Tarbert and Ionad Oideachais Chorca Dhuibhne, provides Continuing Professional Development (CPD)  for teachers and school communities. The centre supports educational change at national, regional and local level in various ways. With reference to the Arts Curriculum, the centre’s strategy promotes innovative and enriched arts practice in school communities, the upskilling of teachers at primary & post-primary levels and building  the capacity in our schools to deliver enriching and enhancing arts experiences for students.

The Education Centre Tralee is the Arts in Education administrative base for all 21 full time ATECI Education Centres.

 

 

!!!! Cavan & Monaghan Education and Training Board

Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board was established on 01 July 2013 under the Education and Training Boards Act 2013 and replaces County Cavan VEC and County Monaghan VEC.

What we do: 

We provide a wide range of services across the counties of Cavan and Monaghan including second level schools, further education colleges, adult education services, Youthreach, youth services, outdoor education, prison education and arts education.

Goals and Objectives

Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board (CMETB) will, in partnership with Cavan County Council and Monaghan County Council:

Local Arts in Education Partnership (LAEP) – Rationale

The rationale for the establishment and development of a Local Arts in Education Partnership (LAEP) in the CMETB region is to nurture and support new relationships that will develop a shared responsibility for the delivery of arts in education that embraces visual, performing and literary arts. CMETB is the lead partner in the Local Arts in Education Partnership.

Current LAEP Projects include:

 

!!!! Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Arts Office

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council recognises the importance of life-long learning and the positive impact that early intervention has to address education inequality. Cultural education aids the vision of the Council’s Development Plan for the County to possess the best quality of residential life by 2022.

In line with this vision dlr Arts Office supports and funds a range of arts in learning contexts for early years children, primary school children and young people.

Services and supports include:

!!!! Mermaid Arts Centre

Mermaid Arts Centre opened in 2002. It is a leading space where ideas, creativity, imagination and artistic expression find a natural home. We make and present excellent cultural experiences which delight, engage and inspire.

Mermaid exists as a place of interaction between artists and the public. Artists and audiences are at our heart and we are a space for fun, entertainment and for making and enjoying art. The Centre exists to enrich the communities of County Wicklow, by providing and encouraging participation in quality artistic experiences as a leading centre for the arts in Ireland.

Underlying and informing our vision and our remit are three core pillars of activity:

• CREATE a hub for creative entrepreneurs in Wicklow
• PRESENT wide ranging programme across disciplines
• ENGAGE communities and build networks

This season (and onwards!), Mermaid aims to focus our attention on programmes of activities where we provide opportunities for young people to develop their creative potential with projects like Fighting Words – Youth Playwrights Programme, Spokenword Project and Youth Film Making Project.

Throughout the academic year we partner with the Irish Film Institute to screen films for junior and senior cycle students which include French, Spanish and German films.

!!!! Wicklow Arts Office

Arts in Education initiatives include the Thinking Visual programme for secondary schools

Jenny Sherwin – Arts Officer
The Arts Office, County Buildings,
Whitegates,
Wicklow Town,
Co. Wicklow.

wao@wicklowcoco.ie.
0404 20155

www.wicklow.ie/arts-office

!!!! Civic Theatre Tallaght

We at The Civic accept our responsibility as a nationally funded and locally placed arts facility to provide for the citizens in our community. In so doing, we fulfill stated objectives in The Arts Council’s Making Great Art Work, The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s Culture 2025 and the government’s legacy programme for 2016, Creative Ireland.

The arts in education charter identifies two strands to arts in education practice:  one involving interventions by the arts world into the domain of formal education, and the other involving students engaging with the arts in the public domain, usually in publicly- funded arts venues, both local or national.

The Civic Theatre’s arts in education programme, Tenderfoot is an example of the latter. Tenderfoot is unique in providing a space where young people can make art without restriction.  This sacred space is made possible by the collaboration between the arts and education sectors. Tenderfoot, utilising a model of apprenticeship, provides a rare space where the professional artist engages meaningfully with members of the public, in this case young people, resulting in the development of new artistic voices.

Unique in its scale, Tenderfoot works on the model of work experience that underpins most transition year programmes. We provide a three week, full time work experience module for our students in January each year. During that time our young people behave as a youth theatre ensemble, rehearsing, designing and performing a number of the plays that they have written. Plays that reflect their experiences, their lives and how they see the world. These plays perform to two distinct audiences; an audience made up of the young people’s peers and a general theatre audience.

It is estimated that, to date, Tenderfoot has directly and indirectly impacted in excess of 11,000 young people in the South Dublin County Council region.

 

!!!! Sligo Academy of Music

The vision at the Sligo Academy of Music is to foster a lifelong love and appreciation for music, by providing quality music tuition and performance opportunities for all, in an environment that nurtures creativity and excellence and encourages students of all ages to achieve their musical goals.