!!!! Chamber Choir Ireland
At the heart of Chamber Choir Ireland is the audience and we are striving to create many more ways in which the audience can engage, experience, and appreciate the expanse of choral music, performances and events that we can offer.
Axis: Sing, Composers in the Classroom, Next Generation Singers, Choral Sketches, Choral Lecture Series and An Island Sings are some of our current learning and participation initiatives but Chamber Choir Ireland is currently developing its Learning and Participation plan for 2019 – 2021.
Composers in the Classroom
The Composers in the Classroom project sees a selection of leading composers from Ireland, who are represented by Contemporary Music Centre, travel to ten schools around the island of Ireland to coach students in the creative process of composing for an SATB (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) choir. The composer’s visits are supplemented by a visit from a singer from Chamber Choir Ireland so as to give a performer’s perspective. All student compositions are then recorded by Chamber Choir Ireland and a selection of works from participating students are performed by Chamber Choir Ireland in a gala performance as part of the New Music Dublin Festival.
This project is jointly delivered by Chamber Choir Ireland and the Contemporary Music Centre with the support of the Arts Council of Ireland and The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Next Generation Singers – Third Level
The Chamber Choir Ireland Next Generation training programme is tailored to create access for third level students to bridge the gap between the student and professional choral world working with our own world class singers and conductors.
If you have proposals for learning and participation work or are interested in finding out more about what we do in this area, please get in contact with us.
!!!! Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF)
Founded in 2005, the Irish Architecture Foundation is an independent organisation dedicated to the promotion of architecture as culture. By bringing people together from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, across ages and all over Ireland, we can create a more inclusive conversation that will inspire a better-built environment for everyone. We engage with people aged 8 to 80 and run the National Architects in Schools Initiative, bringing architecture into the Transition Year classroom across the country. We also operate in the informal learning sphere with our IAF Collective programming.
!!!! Barnstorm Theatre Company
Theatre for young audiences for different age groups and presented in theatres throughout Ireland and international touring.
Educational supports connected with production includes;
- Post-primary Curriculum Play Live! in partnership with the Watergate Theatre to present a quality production of the curriculum play each autumn for schools in the region.
- An extensive Outreach Programme, including two youth theatre groups, and collaborations with teachers, schools, and communities.
Currently our Outreach Officer is a Creative Associate as part of the Arts Council’s Creative Schools programme.
!!!! FÍS Film Project
IADT’s National Film School is at the forefront of third level film education in Ireland. As part of our strategic engagement we also work with a variety of stakeholders from primary education through to industry.
The FÍS Initiative is a suite of film and digital storytelling projects for primary and post-primary groups and their support networks including teachers, parents and community groups. FÍS partners with the Professional Development Services for Teachers (PDST), the Irish Film Institute (IFI), Fresh Film Festival and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Arts Office across a number of projects.
!!!! Common Ground
Programming for children and young people has included music, photography and collaborative art projects
Goldenbridge Integrated Services Complex, St Vincent St W, Inchicore, Dublin 8
(01) 707 876
!!!! CoisCéim Dance Theatre
CoisCéim Dance Theatre is based in Dublin, and is one of Ireland’s leading dance companies. For over twenty years, the company has presented highly original work to audiences large and small, on stage, on film and off site throughout Ireland and overseas. In parallel, the company runs an original, integrated access and participation initiative through CoisCéim BROADREACH.
Established in 2006, BROADREACH is founded on the principle that dance is a performing art. Its activities are imaginative, inclusive and pioneering, targeting all sections of the population in an exciting and innovative manner to create a genuine curiosity in dance. Each year, BROADREACH works closely with different organisations to develop tailor-made initiatives in response to specific contexts and communities.
In formal education settings, BROADREACH offers a variety of creative dance workshops, residencies and one-off projects for children and teachers. Focussing on a cross-curricular approach to learning, this dynamic and growing area of BROADREACH is designed to encourage children’s creativity in the classroom through embodied practice, and to contribute to developing teacher pedagogical skills in dance.
BROADREACH annual programme includes:
- CREATIVE DANCE & INTERDISCIPLINARY PARTICIPATION PROJECTS in various media for people of all ages including intergenerational opportunities
- CREATIVE DANCE and TEACHER EDUCATION – Workshops, residencies, projects in PRIMARY SCHOOLS
- CREATIVE STEPS youth dance group, ages 15 – 25 including creative dance participation projects in various media
- THE CHOREOGRAPHY PROJECT & Curated Evening Dance Classes for Adults ages 18+
- CULTURAL, SOCIAL & PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES and Weekly Dance Classes for Adults ages 50+
- Tailor-made CREATIVE PERFORMANCE PROJECTS – Specific communities of age, interest, place, location
!!!! Irish Film Institute (IFI)
The Irish Film Institute (IFI) has the national remit for film education. Operating from its base in Temple Bar, the IFI delivers an extensive schools programme in Dublin and at partner venues nationwide. From a core principal of access, the IFI Education programme offers a wide range of film screenings and film-based activities, developed around the concepts of film education, film as curricular support, film as art form and film and media literacy. Through partner venues across the country, we tour films to support modern language teaching and collaborate with leading festivals for young audiences; we create opportunities for critical engagement with filmmakers, through guest events and workshops. Alongside screenings, IFI Education has developed a Short Course in Film for Junior Cycle, in conjunction with FĺS Film Project and Fresh Film Festival. Our annual Careers in Screen Day connects young people directly with the screen industries, through a day of talks and workshops with guests from across the professions. Outside of school, IFI offers cultural cinema access to young people and families through our film club pilot, our family festival and monthly screenings, and our teen explorers’ and young critics’ initiatives.
!!!! Branar Téatar do Pháistí
Creating Big Stories for Little Citizens
Branar Téatar do Pháistí is one of the leading theatre companies making work for children in Ireland. We create beautiful, innovative, high quality productions that inspire children and their families. We tour our work to venues and festivals locally, nationally and internationally. We support artists to make work for young audiences through our tailored programmes of resource sharing and Tiny Show creation. We create opportunities for children to explore their own arts practice in school settings.
The company tours extensively nationally and internationally every year, presenting our work in both venues and school settings. Our work has been presented throughout Ireland, Europe, USA, China and Japan.
As part of its ‘inspire’ strand, the company facilitates an Arts Flag programme every year in schools both locally and nationally. Sponsored by Acorn Insurance, the Arts Flag is intended to be a statement of achievement and intent with regard to the prominence and status of the arts in the school. Branar also provide in-school puppetry workshops and CPD workshops for teachers throughout the year.
Ag Cruthú Scéalta Móra do Shaoránaigh Bheaga
Tá Branar Téatar do Pháistí ar cheann de na príomhchompántais téatair atá ag cruthú saothair do pháistí in Éirinn. Cruthaíonn muid léirithe áille, nuálacha d’ardchaighdeán a spreagann páistí agus a muintir. Tugann muid ár saothar ar chamchuairt go hionaid agus go féilte áitiúla, náisiúnta agus idirnáisiúnta. Tacaíonn muid le healaíontóirí atá ag cruthú saothair do lucht féachana óg trínár sainchláir roinnte acmhainní agus tríd an coincheap “Seónna Bídeacha”. Cruthaíonn muid deiseanna chomh maith do pháistí le go mbeidh siad in ann breathnú ar a gcleachtas éalaíne féin sa láthair scoile.
Téann an compántas ar chamchuairt ó cheann ceann na tíre agus ar fun na cruinne chuile bhliain. Go dtí seo, léiríodh ár saothar ar fud na hÉireann agus na hEorpa, agus níos faide i gcéin sna Stáit Aontaithe Mheiriceá, sa tSín agus sa tSeapáin.
!!!! Theatre Lovett
Theatre Lovett produce work for all ages, both child and adult, young and old, chicken and egg. We believe that children and young people can enjoy and understand theatre that does not pretend the adult world is anything other than a complex and occasionally dark place where we must make moral choices for ourselves as individuals.
Theatre Lovett tour extensively both nationally and internationally: The Abbey Theatre Dublin, New Victory Theater New York, Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne, Southbank Centre London, Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, The Kennedy Center Washington, The Wallis Annenberg Center Los Angeles and The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Philadelphia.
Theatre Lovett offer a unique Actor Training programme and have presented Masterclasses in Ireland, USA and Australia. Joint Artistic Directors Louis Lovett and Muireann Ahern both have over twenty-five years’ experience in theatre for young audiences.
“One of the most imaginative and indispensable companies at work today.” The Irish Times
Judges Special Award nominee Irish Times Theatre Awards 2017
Theatre Lovett are supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland and Dublin City Council.
!!!! Dance Ireland
Dance Ireland is the representative body for dance in Ireland. We enable both professional artists and enthusiasts to achieve their creative potential. We are committed to developing dance as an artform, professional practice and an activity of interest.
Our supports include:
- Artist residencies
- Purpose built studios, resource room and break out spaces in DanceHouse
- Professional morning classes and workshops
- Artistic Development opportunities working in dance through interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary practice
- Partnerships and collaborations
- Evening classes for open to all
- Support for youth dance companies: Irish National Youth Ballet, Dublin Youth dance Company
!!!! Irish National Youth Ballet
Irish National Youth Ballet is the premier youth ballet company in Ireland. INYB provides young ballet dancers in Ireland the opportunity to train as a company with internationally trained teachers and choreographers.
INYB was established in 1995 and has performed annually ever since. The company attracts the best young ballet dancers in Ireland through a competitive audition process each year. The dancers work with the teachers and the Artistic Director to achieve the highest possible standard in a semi-professional environment. INYB works in conjunction with the private dance teachers and is an advanced supplement to young dancers private training.
The company is performance based, producing two performance seasons annually.
Among the recent innovations have been the establishment of the Orchestra of INYB which gives the members the opportunity to perform with live music during the Spring Season. In 2016 an Associate Boys programme was launched where young male dancers benefit from classes and tuition as a group. The Boys Programme is supported by Dance Ireland as it encourages young male dancers to train together.
Our outreach programme includes masterclasses and workshops around the country. The company also performs at festivals and youth events annually.
The organisation receives strategic funding from the Arts Council and receives support from donors and corporate sponsors as well as the fees the dancers pay for class.
Members of the company have moved on to full time training so a key part of the role is assisting, encouraging and supporting dancers who want to go on to professional training.
!!!! Irish Association of Youth Orchestras
The national support and resource organisation for youth orchestras in Ireland
Civic Trust House
50 Pope’s Quay
!!!! Sing Ireland
Sing Ireland is the new name for what was formerly known as The Association of Irish Choirs.
Youth singing development is a policy priority for Sing Ireland. Children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills. Children engaged in group singing use their imagination to excite audiences during performances, they engage with a multitude of cultures and languages and can build relationships and break down boundaries within their communities.
Through sustained and active engagement with youth singing development, Sing Ireland aims to create a strong foundation for the group singing eco-system in
Ireland. There is an identified lack of appropriate resourcing and positioning of the group singing sector in Ireland.
With sustained and developmental interaction with singing, young people in Ireland can see singing as a normal part of their lives and so this will continue into adulthood where they will value singing, join choirs and singing groups, encourage further support for group singing nationally and contribute to a richer singing environment from the bottom up and with pathways of progression being built from the top to meet the flourishing youth engagement.
!!!! Irish Chamber Orchestra
Provides a unique range of education projects for young people across Ireland
4, Clarinda Park N, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin
!!!! Music Network
Music Network makes high-quality live music accessible to communities throughout Ireland. Our vision is that of a culture which increasingly values live music in our everyday lives, embracing it as an important part of a healthy, vibrant society. Everything Music Network does stems from this vision: from our work in music education, to supporting musicians throughout their careers, to providing concerts and music-making opportunities through our valued network of partners.
At Music Network we want to leave a lasting impact on the communities we reach. Our learning and education activities are designed to spark an appreciation of music amongst curious audiences and participants of all ages, whilst our professional development programmes help talented musicians to excel in today’s competitive performance environment.
Music Network’s touring ensembles regularly perform in local schools as they travel around the country, giving primary and secondary school students opportunities to experience the joy of live, high-quality music in their own classrooms. Our activities in schools incorporate musical demonstrations, student participation and opportunities to meet the performers.
Masterclasses for Young Musicians
Music Network’s world-class touring musicians support emerging talent through our programme of masterclasses delivered under our National Touring Programme, in partnership with local music schools, conservatoires and our subsidiary company Music Generation.
There are many thriving community music groups around the country, and we aim to enhance their work though our diverse programme of workshops with community groups led by our touring musicians.
Professional Development Opportunities for Musicians
Music Network offers a range of supports and training opportunities to professional performing musicians. From courses that help musicians develop the skills necessary to stand out in today’s competitive industry, to performance platforms and mentoring programmes for emerging musicians, our opportunities are bespoke, relevant and delivered in collaboration with leading industry professionals.
Attending concerts together is a great way for all generations to share the magic and joy of live music. We believe that children and families deserve only the very best, and our tours of specially-commissioned performances for family audiences are original, thought-provoking, entertaining, interactive and accessible.
Music Network’s Instrument Hub is a national online resource that helps music students and musicians of all levels to access suitable instruments. The Hub brings together into one easy-to-access place information on instrument grant schemes, instrument hire and instrument banks, funding opportunities for high-value instruments, and music tuition bursaries and scholarships. Our aim is to ensure that nobody in Ireland is prevented from participating in a musical life for lack of a suitable instrument.
The Music Network Artist Residency Programme positions musicians at the very heart of local communities. Presented annually in partnership with a venue, a local authority and other supporters, our residencies enable professional performing musicians to curate a 6-concert series with integrated community-focused participatory activities.
!!!! National Youth Council of Ireland – Youth Arts Programme
The National Youth Arts Programme is a strategic partnership of The National Youth Council of Ireland, The Arts Council and The Dept of Children and Youth Affairs. It is dedicated to the development and advancement of youth arts in Ireland.
The Programme aims specifically to realise the potential of young people through good quality youth arts practice within youth work organisations and the non-formal educational sector, and to develop appropriate policies and activities at local, regional and national level.
Its vision is an Ireland where all young people can take part in excellent youth arts practice which is life enhancing. Its mission is dedicated to the development and advancement of youth arts which supports young people living in Ireland to realise their potential through participation in high quality youth-centred arts practice within youth work organisations and the non-formal education sector.
To better ensure that all young people can take part in excellent arts practice the Youth Arts Programme will concentrate on four strategic goals over the lifetime of its new strategy 2018 – 2022:
Goal One: Optimise the capacity and quality of youth arts provision amongst youth workers, volunteers and arts practitioners to enable young people to engage with youth arts in a way that is both meaningful and life enhancing
Goal Two: Optimise sustainable youth arts provision by supporting knowledge transfer and information exchange between youth workers, volunteers, arts practitioners and young people.
Goal Three: Optimise policy development and implementation that values the purpose and importance of high quality youth arts in supporting young people to develop the skills and confidence to fully participate as active citizens in an inclusive society.
Goal Four: Optimise the capacity of the Youth Arts Programme to successfully realise this Strategy
!!!! Youth Theatre Ireland
Youth Theatre Ireland is the national development organisation for youth theatre. We support a network of youth theatres who deliver year-round programmes of drama workshops and performance opportunities to young people aged 12 to 21 from cities, towns and villages across Ireland. Established since 1980, Youth Theatre Ireland is unique in its commitment to youth-centered drama practice. At Youth Theatre Ireland, we know that youth theatre is a place to develop young artists and young citizens and we promote youth drama opportunities that focus on the artistic, personal and social development of young people.
Youth Theatre Ireland promotes:
- Drama as a medium for learning and as a means of expression for young people
- The advancement of the artistic, personal and social development of young people through drama and performance related skills
- Youth theatre as a medium to extend and enhance young people’s understanding of theatre as an artform
- The emergence and development of youth theatres in Ireland
Youth Theatre Ireland is guided by the following core values:
- Commitment to quality in provision and experience for all young people
- Commitment to equality of participation for all young people
- We ensure our work is young person-centred and that the voice of young people is represented in all aspects of the work of the organization
- We ensure a balance between the values of artistic quality and youth participation
!!!! Children’s Books Ireland
Our vision is an Ireland in which books are central to every child’s life and where meaningful engagement with books is supported by passionate and informed adults in families, schools, libraries and communities all across the island.
We strive to make books central to every child’s life on the island of Ireland through developing audiences for children’s books, supporting and celebrating excellent authors and illustrators and working in partnership with people and organisations who influence children’s reading.
As part of our strategic aim of developing audiences and advocating for access to children’s books island-wide, Children’s Books Ireland is committed to embedding knowledge of and passion for children’s books within the education sector. Through our long-running shadowing scheme, we encourage primary and secondary school groups to read the shortlisted titles for the CBI Book of the Year Awards and engage with them in creative, unusual ways using our specially produced resource pack. These groups develop critical skills as they debate their favourite books and score them, mirroring the adult judging panel, to decide the winner of the Children’s Choice Award.
Children’s Books Ireland runs a number of book-gifting projects into primary and secondary schools. Where possible, an artist in residence or a number of artist visits are included as part of the package offered to the school, as well as time with a CBI staff member to work on building a culture of reading in the school.
In partnership with KPMG, we deliver the BOLD GIRLS school outreach programme, a four-week classroom-based initiative which draws on Children’s Books Ireland’s BOLD GIRLS reading guide to bring conversation about gender equality into the classroom through children’s literature.
Children’s Books Ireland also administer the Laureate na nÓg project. Laureate na nÓg is an initiative of the Arts Council and is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and Poetry Ireland. The honour was established by the Arts Council to engage young people with high quality literature and to underline the importance of children’s literature in our cultural and imaginative lives. The Laureate has always incorporated schools in their work. At the beginning of each Laureate’s term there is an open call for partnerships and proposals.
!!!! Poetry Ireland
Poetry Ireland link poets, writers, and storytellers with young people in a number of educational settings to inspire a lifelong emotional connection with literature. Different strands include Writers in Schools, Writers in Residence (partnered with Wrapparound, Foras na Gaeilge, WorldWise Global Schools, the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade), and various projects including Poetry Aloud (in partnership with the National Library of Ireland), and the Trócaire Poetry Competition.
Through its work across the arts and education Poetry Ireland aims to act as an exemplar for best practice within the arts-in-education sector with both the standard of the education services it provides and its treatment of the writers who provide the service.
!!!! The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland recognise the critical role that education and training play in the future growth of the Irish craft and design sector. Arts in education initiatives form a core part of the educational activities supported by the DCCoI. These programmes impact directly on the students, teachers and makers who take part, as well as playing a strategic role in informing art, craft and design education policy and curriculum.
DCCoI currently have two core programmes CRAFTed and DesignSKILLS.
CRAFTed is the DCCoI’s nationwide primary schools programme delivered in partnership with the Association of Teachers’ Education Centres of Ireland (ATECI). CRAFTed works with teachers, craftspeople and primary learners. CRAFTed aims to provide skills for life through positive, collaborative and joyful engagement with craft and design processes. By emphasising the making journey rather than finished products, CRAFTed allows space for experimentation, active learning and personal growth. It focuses on harnessing the creativity of every child, valuing individual creative expression. CRAFTed is unique in that it facilitates hands-on ‘in classroom’ learning with skilled Irish makers, promoting the insightful and innovative contribution they have to offer formal education environments. Additionally, it provides professional development opportunities for teachers and craftspeople keeping them up to date on best practice delivery of craft and design education, and emphasising the cross curricular potential of CRAFTed in areas such as literacy, numeracy, SESE and SPHE. At the core of CRAFTed is a desire to inspire the confidence of all involved, teachers, craftspeople and learners, so that they may engage with craft and design as a means to explore and grow their own creative skills.
“Working with a skilled craftsperson unleashed the combined creativity of all participants in a productive, enjoyable process, of which we are still reaping the benefits” – Karen Brogan, CRAFTed Teacher
The Design & Craft Council of Ireland (DCCoI), in partnership Junior Cycle Teachers (JCT), are delighted to announce DesignSKILLS, a new Arts in Junior Cycle initiative for teachers and students of Junior Cycle Visual Art. DesignSKILLS is a nationwide post-primary level programme which aims to support the integration of the principles and key skills which underpin the Framework for Junior Cycle (2015), the Arts in Education Charter (2012) and the Creative Ireland Programme (2017 – 2022), Pillar 1 Creative Youth. The DesignSKILLS programme provides an opportunity for teachers of Visual Art, with their students, to work directly with a designer/maker. Junior Cycle Visual Art ‘provides the learner with a space within which it is safe to experiment, to fail and to learn’. Through DesignSKILLS, a designer/maker will work in partnership with teachers and their students to focus on the front end of the design process. The emphasis in DesignSKILLS is on investigating initial ideas, researching, experimenting and developing students’ own ideas through a range of hands-on practical methodologies and approaches, including using sketchpads.