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Music Generation Galway City is managed by Galway City Local Music Education Partnership, led by Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board in partnership with Galway City Council, Tusla, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, NUI Galway and Galway City Partnership. Local music partners are GTI School of Music, Galway Youth Orchestra, Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe, St. Patrick’s Brass Band, The Galway Music Residency, Music for Galway, the Galway Music Centre. Youth service partners include Foróige, Youthwork Ireland Galway and Involve and festival partners include Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, the Galway Jazz Festival and Galway International Arts Festival We also acknowledge the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, the Irish Primary Principals Association, the Post Primary Music Teachers Association, Galway Education Centre and our local media partner, The Galway Advertiser Newspaper Group.

The foundation stones of Music Generation Galway City, established in January 2019, trace a path: “Follow, Inspire, Gather and Ready”.

LEANAIGÍ: for pre-schools and primary schools. Leanaigí means “follow” (plural). In whole-class groups, children follow a collective path of musical discovery, with their voice and/or an instrument.

SPREAGAIGÍ: in after-school “hubs” and certain in-school contexts, we teach specific instruments in small group settings. Spreagaigí means “inspire” (plural). Children and young people inspire themselves through the acquired skill of learning their chosen instrument.

BAILIGÍ: multi-instrumental group music-making. Bailigí means “gather” (plural). Rock, pop, traditional, classical, choral- Bailigí is open to all genres. We gather in youth clubs, after-school clubs/hubs, youth community groups. We forge links with existing youth music groups/ensembles in Galway city.

RÉITIGÍ: extra-curricular activities for secondary school groups, delivered in school. Réitigí means “ready” (plural). Introductory programmes in a specific instrument, vocal/choral development, song-writing/composition or music technology are available.

Music Generation Kildare is a performance music education programme for children and young people in County Kildare. Music Generation Kildare will shortly begin to roll out a programme of vocal and instrumental classes in a variety of musical genres across the county. Alongside these classes, Music Generation Kildare will aim to deliver a range of supporting projects, such as music hubs, masterclasses, performance and studio recording opportunities, musical commissions and the development of a countywide instrument bank, which will enrich the lives of not only the participants but also the local communities at large.

Music Generation is part of Irelands National Music Education Programme, co-funded by U2 and The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and local partners, Kildare & Wicklow Education & Training Board and Kildare and Wicklow County Councils.

Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme which transforms the lives of children and young people through access to high-quality, subsidised performance music education. Established in 2010 by its parent company Music Network, Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.

Music Generation Kerry is part of the latest phase of expansion for Music Generation and receives government funding to create local access to affordable music tuition for the next musical generation in Kerry as well as providing employment opportunities for professional musicians living in the county. Music Generation Kerry is in the planning stages, but will provide multi-genre music performance education opportunities across the county. The programme will be supported by an instrument-lending scheme through the County Libraries.

 

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.

 

Music Generation Wicklow is a music education service that provides access to high quality performance music education for children and young people in the county.

The ‘Stepping Tones’ programme caters to children in Early Years settings.

A Foundation Music Programme provides children from junior infants to second class with an introduction to music in whole-class settings, through singing, percussion, rhythm, movement, games and more.

The Wicklow Children’s Choral Music Programme, for primary school children in second class and above, enables children to engage in high-quality group vocal tuition and activities. The programme encourages and supports young people to sing together well, with confidence, enjoyment, good vocal health and high aspirations.

Small group instrumental tuition is available both within and outside of school settings, offering young people an opportunity to explore different music genres on instruments including bass guitar, cello, flute, guitar, keyboard, Bodhrán, percussion, piano, traditional instruments, violin, voice and band mentorship.

Ensemble and Orchestra creation is encouraged and supported by Music Generation Wicklow. The programme assists schools to develop ensembles by assisting in the provision of tuition or helping with instrument rental.

Other opportunities provided by Music Generation Wicklow include after-school group classes in the Blessington Music Hub, a Strings programme in Dunlavin, Samba Drumming, Community Choir, Jazz Ensemble, the Rithim Orchestra and Youth Engagement Projects.

Music Generation Wicklow is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by Wicklow Music Education Partnership, led by Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board in partnership with Wicklow County Council.

Music Generation Wexford is a new music education service for children and young people ages 0 to 18 in County Wexford.

An introductory singing programme based in primary school settings enables young people ages 6 to 12 to develop basic musical skills.

An Early Years programme developed in partnership with County Wexford Childcare Committee is due to commence from early 2019, focusing on creative and participative music-making to develop aural, vocal, creative and motor skills through experimentation with music and movement.

Music Generation Wexford is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by Wexford Music Education Partnership, led by Waterford & Wexford Education and Training Board in partnership with Wexford County Council.

Music Generation Waterford is a new performance music education service for children and young people ages 0 to 18 in Waterford City and County.

Music Generation Waterford offers a wide range of performance music education programmes in a range of settings, including primary school, secondary school and youth reach centres. The programmes vary according to local needs and interests ranging from whole-class to small group instrumental, vocal and musicianship tuition. Music Generation Waterford currently provides access to subsidised tuition in vocal, traditional Irish, brass, wind, ukulele and guitar.

Music Generation Waterford is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by Waterford Music Education Partnership, led by Wexford and Waterford Education and Training Board in partnership with Waterford City and County Council.

Music Generation South Dublin is a music education service for children and young people that provides a range of opportunities throughout the county for 0 – 18 year olds to learn music.

The ‘Ready Steady Sing’ and ‘Ready Steady Play’ programmes create access for children in primary school settings to vocal and instrumental tuition in whole-class groups and ensembles.

Music Generation South Dublin also facilitates an Early Years Orff and Kodály-based programme for children in Junior Infants – 2nd Class in primary school settings, as well as General Musicianship for schools who are at the infant stages of engaging with the programme.

In partnership with Alternative Entertainments, Music Generation South Dublin works with secondary school students across the county as part of ‘SubSounds Schools’ – a performance music programme focusing on song-writing, recording and performing which aims to empower and link young people in the community using a creative platform for self-expression.

In addition to SubSounds Schools in post-primary settings, Music Generation South Dublin offers small group vocal and instrumental tuition for young people aged 12 – 18 inside their school day on voice, guitar and piano. This is a popular option for 1st and 2nd year students, giving them an opportunity to develop their musicianship and vocal/instrumental skills after leaving primary school.

Music Generation South Dublin is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by South Dublin Music Education Partnership, led by South Dublin County Council in partnership with Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board, South Dublin County Libraries and Dublin West Education Centre.

Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath (MGOW) is a county council led regional music service which aims to make creating music part of young people’s lives; to give them life enhancing skills through learning to sing and play instruments; and to generate opportunities for children and young people to experience making music with others whilst contributing to the development of their personal and social identity. MGOW is achieving this by delivering a range of musician led performance music education programmes in partnership with local schools and organisations.

MGOW currently partners with more than 50 education settings, including primary and secondary schools, Youthreach centres and SEN settings.

Some 2,000 primary school children across both counties participate in the Kodaly and Kodaly+ Programmes, which are implemented across the whole school so that the young participants have an opportunity to develop their musical skill and ability over successive years.

For more experienced participants, the programme transitions into instrumental work, including recorder, guitar, keyboard and choral development activities.

Primary schools participating in the singing programme are also invited to take part in the annual ‘Big Sing’ – a day-long workshop and performance experience where young people have the opportunity to work alongside professional musicians, conductors, vocal coaches and a live band.

Together with the Irish Youth Choir and the Sing Ireland, Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath works with secondary schools to develop choral partnerships.

Whole-class and small-group instrumental tuition is also available in a range of school settings, subject to resources.

Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by Offaly/Westmeath Music Education Partnership, led by Offaly County Council in partnership with Westmeath County Council and Athlone Education Centre.

 

Music Generation Mayo is a performance music education programme for children and young people ages 0-18 in Mayo.

A range of school and community based access programmes are offered including musician-in-residence initiatives, workshops, music camps etc. The programme also offers a creative music making ‘Soundworlds’ programme facilitating access to performance music education to young children in preschool environments.

Music Generation Mayo is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by Mayo Music Education Partnership, led by Mayo, Sligo & Leitrim Education and Training Board in partnership with Mayo Arts Office, Mayo Local Community Development Committee and Mayo Education Centre.

 

Music Generation Louth is a music education service for the county that aims to help children and young people up to eighteen years of age access vocal and instrumental tuition in their local area.

Primary school-based programmes include ‘Let’s Sing’, a fun and accessible programme enabling children to become more confident at singing and performance, ‘Blown Away Recorder,’ an imaginative whole-class recorder programme, and a traditional fiddle programme.

Music Generation Louth is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by Louth Music Education Partnership, led by Meath and Louth Education and Training Board in partnership with Create Louth.

Music Generation Limerick City (MGLC) has been transforming the lives of children and young people in the city since 2013, with an innovative, inclusive music programme delivered by professional musicians. The programme works in a wide variety of contexts, with children and young people of all ages and levels of experience.

Common across all activities is a focus on creativity and self-expression and a commitment to practical, hands-on music-making in every session. There is also a strong community component to the programme which aims to bring people together from different musical, cultural and social backgrounds to create and enjoy music.

Within national schools, MGLC facilitates the creation, arrangement, performance and recording of original music with over 2,000 young people each year. The National School programme involves weekly visits from a professional musician, during which they facilitate the exploration of sound, structure and themes. Each participating class then creates their own original group composed piece of music.

At second level a team of instrumentalists, rappers and producers works with groups for an intensive block of time. They introduce musical concepts and facilitate the creation, arrangement, performance and recording of an original piece of music. The resulting work is uploaded to the Limerick Voices Soundcloud channel where it becomes part of an online legacy of original music coming out of Limerick.

MGLC is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s National Music Education Programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and The Department of Education and Skills and locally by Limerick City Music Education Partnership, led by Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board in partnership with Limerick City and Council, Limerick School of Music, Limerick Youth Service, University of Limerick, the JP McManus Charitable Foundation and schools throughout the city.

Music Generation Leitrim is a new music education service for County Leitrim, developing an affordable and accessible music education programme for children and young people ages 0 – 18. This will include the coordination of music tuition services within Leitrim, working in partnership with schools, community music groups and centres in the formation of choirs, ensembles, access programmes, song-writing projects and more.

‘VocalWorks’ is a whole-class primary school choral development programme for young people aged 5+, which includes a range of musical activities and games designed to introduce children to music in a fun and enjoyable way, using the voice as the instrument of choice in the early stage of the programme.

Music Generation Leitrim is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by Leitrim Music Education Partnership, led by Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board and Leitrim County Council in partnership with a range of organisations and groups in the county including youth and education services, arts centres and organisations and a range of music education providers.

Music Generation Laois is a performance music education programme for children and young people in County Laois, based in the Arts Office of Laois County Council. Since it was established in 2012, Music Generation Laois has developed an instrument bank and created access for young people to weekly tuition and instruments at subsidised costs. This is augmented by once-off workshops, masterclasses, concert attendance and performances.

Music Generation Laois delivers engaging music programmes in schools and centres across 8 programme strands: Choral, Uilleann Pipes, Orchestral, Harp, Brass, Stampede (World) Drumming, a School of Rock and Pop and The Music Box – a Music Programme for children and young people with special needs. Participation across almost all programme strands occurs both within and outside of schools contexts. Further details about all programme strands are available online (www.musicgenerationlaois.ie/programmes/).

Music Generation Laois is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme, initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by Laois Music Education Partnership, led by Laois County Council in partnership with Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board and Laois Partnership Company.

Music Generation Galway County is a new music education service that provides opportunities for children and young people ages 0 to 18 to access a range of vocal and instrumental tuition in their locality.

Primary school-based programming includes ‘Lán le Ceol’, an access programme designed for young people from junior infants to sixth class.

Music Generation Galway County is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by Galway County Music Education Partnership, led by Galway and Roscommon ETB in partnership with Galway County Council, An Roinn Ealaíon, Gaeltachta agus Oidhreachta, Ealaín na Gaeltachta, Tusla, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, NUI Galway, Galway Rural Development, FORUM Connemara CLG, local music partners: Music Matters, Headford Music Works, An Gaelacadamh, Athenry Music School, Coole Music & Arts and The Galway Music Residency, youth services: Foróige, Youthwork Ireland Galway, FORUM Adolescent Support Project and Involve, festivals: Baboró and the Galway Jazz Festival, representatives from the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, the Irish Primary Principals Association, the Post Primary Music Teachers Association, Galway Education Centre and media partner, The Galway Advertiser Newspaper Group.

Music Generation dlr is a new music education service for children and young people ages 0 to 18 in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.

Whole-class performance music education programmes are offered within primary schools in ukulele, guitar, strings and percussion.

Group tuition is available within a number of Early Years settings, offering young people ages 3 to 5 an introduction to rhythm, movement and music.

Music Generation dlr is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by dlr Music Education Partnership, led by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in partnership with Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board, TUSLA, Southside Partnership dlr, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Blackrock Education Centre, IADT, UCD and Crosscare.

Music Generation Cork City (MGCC) is a music education programme that works in partnership with community based musicians and music organisations to make performance music education programmes available in the places where children live, play, and go to school across Cork City.

Programmes in and after school include traditional Irish music tuition, woodwind and brass tuition, rock, pop, rap and choral work.

Partners include GMC Beats, Music in Community (MiC), Creative Tradition, Cork Academy of Music, Cork Barrack Street Band, Ballyphehane Youth Project (Foróige), SoundOUT, Youth Work Ireland Cork, Music Mash Up and ARTlifeCULTURE.

A major project of Cork City Music Education Partnership, MGCC is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme, initiated by Music Network, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and The Department of Education and Skills, and locally in partnership with Cork City Council, Cork ETB, The HSE, CIT and UCC.

Music Generation Carlow is a performance music education service in County Carlow that provides opportunities for children and young people to access a range of high quality, subsidised vocal and instrumental tuition in their local area.

The programme offers performance music education in early years’ settings, childcare services and schools, which aim to open up the world of creative music making to children at pre-school level. Primary school-based vocal and instrumental tuition programmes include choral singing, strings, recorder, brass and traditional instruments for ensembles and groups. Outside of this, Music Generation Carlow works in partnership with a number of Music Rich Schools wherein every pupil from junior infants to sixth class has the opportunity to engage in performance music education. A full-school brass and wind programme takes place at secondary school level.

Music Generation Carlow is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme, initiated by Music Network, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by Carlow Music Education Partnership, led by Kilkenny & Carlow Education and Training Board in partnership with Carlow Local Authorities.

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. This initiative is co-funded by the National Creativity Fund through The Creative Ireland Programme.

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. In 2018 the programme will run in 26 schools across the country.

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. The focus of the programme is based on research conducted by Sandra Reid during her studies at DesignCORE in IT Carlow – learn more HERE

The Creative Ireland  Programme is an all-of-Government culture- based initiative designed to promote individual, community and national wellbeing. The core proposition is that participation in cultural activity drives personal and collective creativity, with significant implications for individual and societal wellbeing and achievement.

DesignSKILLS is supported by:

Music Generation Clare is a performance music education service for children and young people in County Clare that provides opportunities for children and young people to access a range of vocal and instrumental tuition in their local area.

Within primary school settings, Music Generation Clare’s ‘Music Enrichment Programme’ enables young people to explore active music-making in the classroom and seeks to enrich musicianship in the school. The ‘Primary School Strings’ programme offers high quality group and ensemble tuition across a range of string instruments. A weekly whole school violin tuition programme, the ‘North Clare Strings Programme,’ is also provided to primary schools in the North Clare area.

A series of inclusive, collaborative workshops are offered for students at second level, with or without backgrounds in music, featuring composition, performance and the sharing of ideas, skills and instruments.

Weekly workshops provide the Learners in Youthreach services throughout Clare with an understanding of how a song is composed and explores the craft of song-writing in a positive, supportive environment.

Music Generation Clare is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme, initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by Clare Music Education Partnership, led by Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board in partnership with Clare County Council, University of Limerick and Clare Education Centre.

Through the Arts in Junior Cycle initiative, Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) aims to present a range of professional development experiences for teachers to support engagement with the arts and learning in junior cycle.

This initiative is guided by the principles expressed in the Arts in Education Charter (2012) and Pillar 1 (Creative Youth) of the Creative Ireland Programme (2017–2022). The initiative originated from a joint Arts Council and JCT pilot partnership initiative that took place in the 2013/2014 school year.

The initiative is based on partnership and collaboration with key elective partners across the arts and education sectors. The initiative aims to support artists, writers, actors, musicians, filmmakers, theatre companies, and others working in the arts industry, to create rich continuing professional development experiences for post-primary teachers.

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.

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

For more information download the CraftEd Booklet –  issuu.com/craftscouncilofireland/docs/dccoi_crafted_booklet_web

 

Teacher-Artist Partnership (TAP) CPD for Supporting & Enhancing

Arts in Education in Ireland (Primary Schools Initiative)

Teacher-Artist Partnership (TAP) CPD is a unique Department of Education and Skills initiative which commenced on a pilot basis in 2014/15 in response to the objectives outlined in the Arts in Education Charter. This initiative is guided by the principles expressed in the Arts in Education Charter (2012) and Pillar 1 (Creative Youth) of the Creative Ireland Programme (2017–2022).

Nurturing the abilities and commitment of artists and teachers for the promotion of arts-in-education is a central concern of the Arts in Education Charter. One of its major initiatives in this regard was the design and implementation of a pilot teacher-artist CPD Partnership Summer Course. Part of supporting schools in the provision of high quality arts education for children, this pilot arts in education initiative was Association of Teacher Education Centre of Ireland (ATECI) led, in partnership with the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht (DCHG), Encountering the Arts Ireland (ETAI) and the Association for Creativity in Arts Education (ACAE).  The initiative is administered by the Education Centre, Tralee. This innovative teacher-artist CPD programme was aimed at developing a model of arts in education CPD for teachers which could be used as a template for the future.

The Pilot Project was researched and the Research Report on this Pilot initiative was launched by both the Minister for Education and Skills and the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in March 2016 and has been published (available on here).

Teacher-Artist Partnership CPD Summer Course & Residency Programme is now mainstreamed and consists of free DES approved (EPV days) Summer Courses operating in each of the 21 full-time Education Centres in Ireland in either July or August each year. Each Course will have 20 primary teachers and 4 professional artists participating. It will be delivered by a trained and experienced Teacher Artist Facilitator Pair. The initiative includes funded Artist in Residency opportunities in which participating teachers and artists work together in collaboration in the School during the following academic year.

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The Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools initiative aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives.

Creative Schools is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme to enable the creative potential of every child. Creative Schools is led by the Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Creative Schools, formerly Arts Rich Schools/Arís, draws on the commitments set out in the Arts in Education Charter.

This pilot initiative will understand, develop and celebrate the arts and creativity in schools. It will establish a range of collaborative opportunities for schools and will develop and strengthen the relationships between schools and the broader cultural and community infrastructure within which they operate. The long term aim is for every school to be supported to fully embrace the arts and creativity, ensuring a positive experience and strong outcomes for children and young people.

Encountering The Arts Ireland (ETAI) is an alliance of organisations and individuals whose main objective is the development, promotion and practice of the arts and education* in Ireland particularly in the context of arts and education for children and young people.

Purpose of the Alliance:

 

Aim

To creative and/or identify and support quality arts and cultural engagement (arts education provided through the curriculum and arts in education or curricular arts provision that is brought in as additional to general provision) and participation with children and young people both in and out of school, including formal, non formal and informal learning settings.

ETAI is a membership organisation with approximately 40 organisational members and 110+ individual members representing the educational, arts, heritage and cultural sectors.

 

ETAI are currently represented on the following Oversight Committees:

 

Areas to which members of ETAI are contributing:

Arts Charter Summer Course – TAP

Members of ETAI are involved in the design of summer courses for teachers and artists. The courses focus on and best practice in the partnership between artists and teachers, working together in schools. This is a joint initiative between the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

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.

Theatre for young audiences for different age groups and presented in theatres throughout Ireland and international touring.

Educational supports connected with production includes;

Currently our Outreach Officer is a Creative Associate as part of the Arts Council’s Creative Schools programme.

The Arts and Culture Committee is a subcommittee within NAPD set up to promote arts in education in schools

Eblana Villas
Grand Canal St Lower
Dublin 2
01-6627025
info@napd.ie
www.napd.ie

The PDST is a national teacher-support service offering continuing professional development to teachers and school leaders in a range of pedagogical, curricular and educational areas.

Department of Education and Skills priorities inform the work of PDST and such priorities are addressed through the work of individual teams across the organisation. These teams comprise teachers (primary and post-primary)  who are seconded from their schools to work with the support service. Among the key priorities are: literacy; numeracy; supporting school leadership; school self-evaluation; assessment; ICT for teaching and learning; inclusion; health and wellbeing; and specific post primary subjects and programmes that are new or are undergoing change.

PDST’s engagement with arts education is dependent on DES priorities. Currently the PDST Technology in Education sits on the editorial committee of the Arts in Education portal and is responsible for the digital implementation of specific aspects of the Arts Education Charter.

 

The NCCA engages with learners, teachers, practitioners, parents and others to support innovation in schools and other educational settings
35 Fitzwilliam Square
Dublin 2
01-6617177
info@ncca.ie
www.ncca.ie

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.

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

http://commonground.ie

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:

 

This programme is co-funded by the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Department of Education and Skills and the Heritage Council. Each year projects are produced in schools  ranging from theatre and film through to sculpture and music.  A creative engagement happens when a local artist or  arts  group comes into the school and imparts their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to the students.  This partnership has mutual benefits to both artist and school.

The Creative Engagement programme strives to encourage creativity, initiative and expression in our students and to complement curricular learning in the arts , heritage and culture.  NAPD envisions an education system energised through the arts and where creativity is a core activity in the post primary curriculum.  NAPD is continuing to develop a partnership with the National Heritage Council. Michael Parsons of the Arts and Culture and Heritage Committee is Chairperson of the National Heritage Council.

Aims and Objectives.

NAPD strives to gain recognition of the centrality of the arts –in-education both within the formal curriculum and as a co-curricular activity.

NAPD supports the work of the Department of Education and Skills and Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to implement the 2013 Arts-in-Education Charter.

NAPD aims to continue to ensure its representation on all bodies charged with the development of the arts-in-education including support for the arts-in-education umbrella body Encountering the Arts Ireland (ETAI)

 

The Crawford Art Gallery is a historic, civic, cultural space in the heart of Cork city.

Admission to the gallery is always free.

We offer dynamic, high-quality art programmes and visits tailored to suit individual groups. The gallery is open 7 days a week with free tours and workshops for families taking place on Sunday afternoons.

We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with educational partners. We are committed to creating access opportunities for people with diverse voices, abilities, and experiences.

 

 

The main purpose of the Chester Beatty Library’s Learning Policy is to support the library’s key strategic priority to promote intercultural dialogue and learning through the cultural, religious, historic and artistic aspects of the collections (See Statement of Strategy: 2016-2020).

In addition to this, as part of the remit of the Chester Beatty, it aims to:

Maintain and preserve the collections of the library and make them available in the most appropriate ways for the use and enjoyment of the public in order to promote a wider appreciation and understanding of the international cultural heritage embodied in the collections and foster relations between Ireland and the peoples whose cultures are represented in the collections.

 

 

Founded in 1877, the National Museum of Ireland (NMI) holds in its care 12,000 years of Ireland’s portable heritage and its natural history and is responsible for the preservation and conservation of the portable heritage of the nation, and to provide public access to the national collections, educate and raise awareness of our culture and history, and undertake academic research.

The National Museum is Ireland’s largest cultural institution, holding an estimated 4 million artefacts and specimens held in four museums across the country – three in Dublin and one in Co. Mayo:

·        Museum of Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Booking Office open 9am to 5pm Tues to Fri +353 (01) 6486396
·        Museum of Country Life, Turlough, Co. Mayo. Booking Office Open: 10am to 1pm. Tues to Fri + 353 94 9031751
·        Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7. Booking Office Open: 9am to 5pm. Tues to Fri + 353 (01) 6486453
·        Museum of Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2. Booking Office Open: 9am to 5pm. Tues to Fri +353 (01) 6486396
·        The Collections Resource Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin.

For the last five years the Museum, at its four sites, has attracted more than 1m visitors annually. In 2017 over 166,000 people availed of and participated in our learning and education resources and programmes. The Museum has won awards for best museum, exhibition, collections care, conservation and best education programmes. For more about the history, architecture and collections of the National Museum of Ireland you can go to www.museum.ie

What is the role of the National Museum of Ireland’s Education Department?

The National Museum of Ireland is a centre for learning and creativity offering services and programmes for a wide range of audiences including adults, families, children and young people. The Museum’s learning programmes encourages experimentation and interrogation, stimulates creativity, offers opportunities for individual and group learning and provides multiple entry points into exploring the wealth and wonderment of the Museum’s exhibitions and collections.

The Education Department is part of the Collections and Learning Division. As a key audience advocate and bridge between the Museum and its publics, the Education Department designs and develops programmes for a diverse audience base that takes acknowledges learning as a lifelong experience.

The Education Department aims to facilitate meaningful connections between exhibitions and the visitor. The expertise of the Education Dept. is to interpret and communicate complex concepts and ideas enabling a range of audiences to engage with what they learn at the museum.

Programmes are devised and delivered to be audience-centred. Education staff aim to meet the intellectual, conceptual, cultural, physical, sensory and emotional needs of the public with programmes that offer creative and challenging learning experiences for as diverse a public as possible.  Public programmes are designed for the formal and informal education sectors and include tours, talks, workshops, handling sessions, conferences, long-term projects and competitions.  Self-directed learning resources include guides and activity books for use in the Museum or online for use in the classroom or at home. The Education Department also works in collaboration with a range of partners such as government departments, arts and cultural organisations and individual cultural providers.

The Learning & Participation programme at the National Concert Hall seeks to engage or re-engage people with music, enhance people’s understanding of music and music making, and encourage personal and societal development through music.

Our Arts in Education programme aims to enhance the musical experience of students in early years, primary, and post primary education; to encourage musical engagement within the whole school community, and to support musical activity in schools where it is reduced.

We view children and young people as co-creators of the learning experience, and our projects are built on principals of non-formal learning, exploration, curiosity, and experimentation.

 

 

The National Gallery of Ireland houses your National Art Collection.  Originally opened in 1864, it is located in Merrion Square, in the heart of Dublin city, and is an important and vibrant resource which is FREE to visit, easily accessible by public transport, and is open seven days a week, 361 days a year. It contains over 16,300 artworks, spanning the history of Irish and western European art, from around 1300 to the present. It also has a vast library and archive filled with fascinating objects and documents. This offers a unique environment for education and engagement. Here, the learning process can be a transformative, complex, curious and rewarding experience, with the power to provoke positive change whether through a one-off tour or a lasting scheme.

We provide tailored talks, tours, workshops and special events for diverse audiences including teachers and schools, early years, families, young people, adults, lifelong learning and community groups.  The programme connects with the National Collection, special exhibitions and national and local festivals and programmes. Our Access Programme is dedicated to ensuring that individuals or groups with additional needs are catered for within our general public programme and through bespoke activities and events available both onsite and via outreach projects.

For schools we are proud to offer FREE guided tours of the collection and special exhibitions to every school child in Ireland, from pre-school to Post Primary. At all levels, our programme links directly to the curriculum, reflects best practice in Visual Arts Education and can be tailored to the needs of your group. We work onsite, offsite and online with a range of partners to develop tailored school workshops and provide detailed resources on our website.

We run national programmes, including the Zurich Young Portrait Prize, our inclusive art competition for children and young people aged 0 to 18. The annual National Drawing Day takes place in May in galleries, museums, art centres and libraries nationwide.

We welcome the opportunity to connect with new audiences. Find out more about our current programme of education activities here:
https://www.nationalgallery.ie/what-we-do/education-department

IMMA is Ireland’s national cultural institution for Modern and contemporary art.

IMMA’s programme comprises exhibitions, projects, residencies, and a national collection of over 3,000 artworks by leading Irish and international artists. IMMA’s Engagement and Learning programme provides opportunities for audiences of all ages to explore art and unlock their own creativity through group tours, talks, art workshops, and CPD events.

IMMA is located in the extraordinary grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the finest 17th-century building in Ireland, which was a home for retired soldiers for almost 250 years.

 

 

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.

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 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 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:

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.

The national support and resource organisation for youth orchestras in Ireland

Civic Trust House

50 Pope’s Quay

Cork

021 4215185

www.iayo.ie

 

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.

 

Provides a unique range of education projects for young people across Ireland

4, Clarinda Park N, Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin

061 202620

www.irishchamberorchestra.com

 

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.

Schools Programme
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.

Community Workshops
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.

Family Audiences
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.

Instrument Hub
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.

Residencies 
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.

 

 

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 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:

Youth Theatre Ireland is guided by the following core values:

 

Vision   

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.

Mission

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 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 Association of Teachers’/Education Centres in Ireland (ATECI) is the umbrella organisation for the National Network of Teacher/Education (Support) Centres, which comprises 21 full-time and 9 part-time Education Centres. It represents the interest of the Network as a whole including Management, Directors and Staff.

The Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht became co-signatories of the “Arts in Education Charter” which was launched in January 2013. The Charter plays a pivotal role in promoting both Arts Education and Arts in Education among children and young people through the alignment of a joined-up, integrated and collaborative approach across Government Departments, Education Agencies and Arts Organizations.

 

 

The Arts Council of Ireland is the Irish government agency for developing the arts. We work in partnership with artists, arts organisations, public policy makers and others to build a central place for the arts in Irish life.

The Arts Council supports and promotes children and young people’s engagement with the arts from birth to early adulthood. We use the term Young People, Children and Education (YPCE) to describe this area of work. YPCE focuses on the child or young person’s experience of the arts whether as a young artist, learner, participant, audience member, or a combination of these.We recognise that all children have a right to participate fully in the arts and cultural life, and the Arts Council strategy 2016-2025 places emphasis on planning and providing for children and young people.

We provide funding to a wide range of arts organisations and individual artists to design, develop and run artistic programmes with and for children and young people in and out of school: www.artscouncil.ie/Map2018. We also provide partnership funding to local authority arts offices around the country, many of which run arts in education programmes.

The Arts Council has commissioned research regarding arts and cultural participation among children and young people to inform policy and provision in this area. We have published a number of reports, guidelines, and other information in relation to arts in education – please see the publications section of the Arts Council website at www.artscouncil.ie/publications/

The Arts Council provides advice to the government in relation to the arts and has been a long-time advocate for the arts in education, spanning several decades. Seminal reports published by the Arts Council include The Place of the Arts in Irish Educationin 1979, and Points of Alignmentin 2008. The Arts Council has played a central role in progressing the implementation of the Arts in Education Charter (2013) including the development of www.artsineducation.ie.

The Arts Council has supported a number of pilot arts in education initiatives, which have since become mainstreamed and are now funded through the Department of Education and Skills. The Arts Council is currently leading the pilot for Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools, a partnership with the Department of Education and Skills, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs as part of the Creative Ireland Programme.

Arts and cultural participation among children and young people – Insights from the Growing Up in Ireland study from Arts Council on Vimeo.

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

DesignSKILLS

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.

 

A dedicated community and education department; the schools strand includes Priming the Canon and the Theatre-Making and Citizenship programme

 

 

Music Generation Sligo is a music education service for children and young people in County Sligo.

Discovering Music’ (early years) is an introductory access programme to provide young children with an introduction to the world of music in childcare, and primary school/junior class settings.

Discovering and Performing Music’ (primary and post primary level) is a whole-class instrumental and vocal tuition programme for primary schools from 3rd – 6th class, introducing children and young people to reading and performing music. Post-primary schools have the option to explore other modules such as song writing, recording and music technology.

Performance, masterclasses and composition are project-focused school and community programmes offering opportunities for ambitious live performances and advanced tuition.

Con Tutti SEN Programme is a music education, research and training programme in partnership with the Centre for Special Educational Needs, Inclusion & Diversity (CSENID), St Angela’s College, Sligo. The Con Tutti programme is delivered by Music Generation Sligo tutors in autism units and special schools in Sligo throughout the school year.

Music Generation Sligo is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by Sligo Music Education Partnership, led by Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB in partnership with Sligo County Council, Sligo Education Centre, Sligo County Childcare Committee, Cranmore Regeneration and the local music sector.


!!!! Galway City Music Generation

Music Generation Galway City is managed by Galway City Local Music Education Partnership, led by Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board in partnership with Galway City Council, Tusla, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, NUI Galway and Galway City Partnership. Local music partners are GTI School of Music, Galway Youth Orchestra, Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe, St. Patrick’s Brass Band, The Galway Music Residency, Music for Galway, the Galway Music Centre. Youth service partners include Foróige, Youthwork Ireland Galway and Involve and festival partners include Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, the Galway Jazz Festival and Galway International Arts Festival We also acknowledge the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, the Irish Primary Principals Association, the Post Primary Music Teachers Association, Galway Education Centre and our local media partner, The Galway Advertiser Newspaper Group.

The foundation stones of Music Generation Galway City, established in January 2019, trace a path: “Follow, Inspire, Gather and Ready”.

LEANAIGÍ: for pre-schools and primary schools. Leanaigí means “follow” (plural). In whole-class groups, children follow a collective path of musical discovery, with their voice and/or an instrument.

SPREAGAIGÍ: in after-school “hubs” and certain in-school contexts, we teach specific instruments in small group settings. Spreagaigí means “inspire” (plural). Children and young people inspire themselves through the acquired skill of learning their chosen instrument.

BAILIGÍ: multi-instrumental group music-making. Bailigí means “gather” (plural). Rock, pop, traditional, classical, choral- Bailigí is open to all genres. We gather in youth clubs, after-school clubs/hubs, youth community groups. We forge links with existing youth music groups/ensembles in Galway city.

RÉITIGÍ: extra-curricular activities for secondary school groups, delivered in school. Réitigí means “ready” (plural). Introductory programmes in a specific instrument, vocal/choral development, song-writing/composition or music technology are available.

!!!! Kildare Music Generation

Music Generation Kildare is a performance music education programme for children and young people in County Kildare. Music Generation Kildare will shortly begin to roll out a programme of vocal and instrumental classes in a variety of musical genres across the county. Alongside these classes, Music Generation Kildare will aim to deliver a range of supporting projects, such as music hubs, masterclasses, performance and studio recording opportunities, musical commissions and the development of a countywide instrument bank, which will enrich the lives of not only the participants but also the local communities at large.

Music Generation is part of Irelands National Music Education Programme, co-funded by U2 and The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and local partners, Kildare & Wicklow Education & Training Board and Kildare and Wicklow County Councils.

!!!! Kerry Music Generation

Music Generation is Ireland’s National Music Education Programme which transforms the lives of children and young people through access to high-quality, subsidised performance music education. Established in 2010 by its parent company Music Network, Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.

Music Generation Kerry is part of the latest phase of expansion for Music Generation and receives government funding to create local access to affordable music tuition for the next musical generation in Kerry as well as providing employment opportunities for professional musicians living in the county. Music Generation Kerry is in the planning stages, but will provide multi-genre music performance education opportunities across the county. The programme will be supported by an instrument-lending scheme through the County Libraries.

 

!!!! 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.

 

!!!! Wicklow Music Generation

Music Generation Wicklow is a music education service that provides access to high quality performance music education for children and young people in the county.

The ‘Stepping Tones’ programme caters to children in Early Years settings.

A Foundation Music Programme provides children from junior infants to second class with an introduction to music in whole-class settings, through singing, percussion, rhythm, movement, games and more.

The Wicklow Children’s Choral Music Programme, for primary school children in second class and above, enables children to engage in high-quality group vocal tuition and activities. The programme encourages and supports young people to sing together well, with confidence, enjoyment, good vocal health and high aspirations.

Small group instrumental tuition is available both within and outside of school settings, offering young people an opportunity to explore different music genres on instruments including bass guitar, cello, flute, guitar, keyboard, Bodhrán, percussion, piano, traditional instruments, violin, voice and band mentorship.

Ensemble and Orchestra creation is encouraged and supported by Music Generation Wicklow. The programme assists schools to develop ensembles by assisting in the provision of tuition or helping with instrument rental.

Other opportunities provided by Music Generation Wicklow include after-school group classes in the Blessington Music Hub, a Strings programme in Dunlavin, Samba Drumming, Community Choir, Jazz Ensemble, the Rithim Orchestra and Youth Engagement Projects.

Music Generation Wicklow is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by Wicklow Music Education Partnership, led by Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board in partnership with Wicklow County Council.

!!!! Wexford Music Generation

Music Generation Wexford is a new music education service for children and young people ages 0 to 18 in County Wexford.

An introductory singing programme based in primary school settings enables young people ages 6 to 12 to develop basic musical skills.

An Early Years programme developed in partnership with County Wexford Childcare Committee is due to commence from early 2019, focusing on creative and participative music-making to develop aural, vocal, creative and motor skills through experimentation with music and movement.

Music Generation Wexford is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by Wexford Music Education Partnership, led by Waterford & Wexford Education and Training Board in partnership with Wexford County Council.

!!!! Waterford Music Generation

Music Generation Waterford is a new performance music education service for children and young people ages 0 to 18 in Waterford City and County.

Music Generation Waterford offers a wide range of performance music education programmes in a range of settings, including primary school, secondary school and youth reach centres. The programmes vary according to local needs and interests ranging from whole-class to small group instrumental, vocal and musicianship tuition. Music Generation Waterford currently provides access to subsidised tuition in vocal, traditional Irish, brass, wind, ukulele and guitar.

Music Generation Waterford is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by Waterford Music Education Partnership, led by Wexford and Waterford Education and Training Board in partnership with Waterford City and County Council.

!!!! South Dublin Music Generation

Music Generation South Dublin is a music education service for children and young people that provides a range of opportunities throughout the county for 0 – 18 year olds to learn music.

The ‘Ready Steady Sing’ and ‘Ready Steady Play’ programmes create access for children in primary school settings to vocal and instrumental tuition in whole-class groups and ensembles.

Music Generation South Dublin also facilitates an Early Years Orff and Kodály-based programme for children in Junior Infants – 2nd Class in primary school settings, as well as General Musicianship for schools who are at the infant stages of engaging with the programme.

In partnership with Alternative Entertainments, Music Generation South Dublin works with secondary school students across the county as part of ‘SubSounds Schools’ – a performance music programme focusing on song-writing, recording and performing which aims to empower and link young people in the community using a creative platform for self-expression.

In addition to SubSounds Schools in post-primary settings, Music Generation South Dublin offers small group vocal and instrumental tuition for young people aged 12 – 18 inside their school day on voice, guitar and piano. This is a popular option for 1st and 2nd year students, giving them an opportunity to develop their musicianship and vocal/instrumental skills after leaving primary school.

Music Generation South Dublin is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by South Dublin Music Education Partnership, led by South Dublin County Council in partnership with Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board, South Dublin County Libraries and Dublin West Education Centre.

!!!! Offaly/Westmeath Music Generation

Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath (MGOW) is a county council led regional music service which aims to make creating music part of young people’s lives; to give them life enhancing skills through learning to sing and play instruments; and to generate opportunities for children and young people to experience making music with others whilst contributing to the development of their personal and social identity. MGOW is achieving this by delivering a range of musician led performance music education programmes in partnership with local schools and organisations.

MGOW currently partners with more than 50 education settings, including primary and secondary schools, Youthreach centres and SEN settings.

Some 2,000 primary school children across both counties participate in the Kodaly and Kodaly+ Programmes, which are implemented across the whole school so that the young participants have an opportunity to develop their musical skill and ability over successive years.

For more experienced participants, the programme transitions into instrumental work, including recorder, guitar, keyboard and choral development activities.

Primary schools participating in the singing programme are also invited to take part in the annual ‘Big Sing’ – a day-long workshop and performance experience where young people have the opportunity to work alongside professional musicians, conductors, vocal coaches and a live band.

Together with the Irish Youth Choir and the Sing Ireland, Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath works with secondary schools to develop choral partnerships.

Whole-class and small-group instrumental tuition is also available in a range of school settings, subject to resources.

Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by Offaly/Westmeath Music Education Partnership, led by Offaly County Council in partnership with Westmeath County Council and Athlone Education Centre.

 

!!!! Mayo Music Generation

Music Generation Mayo is a performance music education programme for children and young people ages 0-18 in Mayo.

A range of school and community based access programmes are offered including musician-in-residence initiatives, workshops, music camps etc. The programme also offers a creative music making ‘Soundworlds’ programme facilitating access to performance music education to young children in preschool environments.

Music Generation Mayo is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by Mayo Music Education Partnership, led by Mayo, Sligo & Leitrim Education and Training Board in partnership with Mayo Arts Office, Mayo Local Community Development Committee and Mayo Education Centre.

 

!!!! Louth Music Generation

Music Generation Louth is a music education service for the county that aims to help children and young people up to eighteen years of age access vocal and instrumental tuition in their local area.

Primary school-based programmes include ‘Let’s Sing’, a fun and accessible programme enabling children to become more confident at singing and performance, ‘Blown Away Recorder,’ an imaginative whole-class recorder programme, and a traditional fiddle programme.

Music Generation Louth is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by Louth Music Education Partnership, led by Meath and Louth Education and Training Board in partnership with Create Louth.

!!!! Limerick City Music Generation

Music Generation Limerick City (MGLC) has been transforming the lives of children and young people in the city since 2013, with an innovative, inclusive music programme delivered by professional musicians. The programme works in a wide variety of contexts, with children and young people of all ages and levels of experience.

Common across all activities is a focus on creativity and self-expression and a commitment to practical, hands-on music-making in every session. There is also a strong community component to the programme which aims to bring people together from different musical, cultural and social backgrounds to create and enjoy music.

Within national schools, MGLC facilitates the creation, arrangement, performance and recording of original music with over 2,000 young people each year. The National School programme involves weekly visits from a professional musician, during which they facilitate the exploration of sound, structure and themes. Each participating class then creates their own original group composed piece of music.

At second level a team of instrumentalists, rappers and producers works with groups for an intensive block of time. They introduce musical concepts and facilitate the creation, arrangement, performance and recording of an original piece of music. The resulting work is uploaded to the Limerick Voices Soundcloud channel where it becomes part of an online legacy of original music coming out of Limerick.

MGLC is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s National Music Education Programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and The Department of Education and Skills and locally by Limerick City Music Education Partnership, led by Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board in partnership with Limerick City and Council, Limerick School of Music, Limerick Youth Service, University of Limerick, the JP McManus Charitable Foundation and schools throughout the city.

!!!! Leitrim Music Generation

Music Generation Leitrim is a new music education service for County Leitrim, developing an affordable and accessible music education programme for children and young people ages 0 – 18. This will include the coordination of music tuition services within Leitrim, working in partnership with schools, community music groups and centres in the formation of choirs, ensembles, access programmes, song-writing projects and more.

‘VocalWorks’ is a whole-class primary school choral development programme for young people aged 5+, which includes a range of musical activities and games designed to introduce children to music in a fun and enjoyable way, using the voice as the instrument of choice in the early stage of the programme.

Music Generation Leitrim is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by Leitrim Music Education Partnership, led by Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board and Leitrim County Council in partnership with a range of organisations and groups in the county including youth and education services, arts centres and organisations and a range of music education providers.

!!!! Laois Music Generation

Music Generation Laois is a performance music education programme for children and young people in County Laois, based in the Arts Office of Laois County Council. Since it was established in 2012, Music Generation Laois has developed an instrument bank and created access for young people to weekly tuition and instruments at subsidised costs. This is augmented by once-off workshops, masterclasses, concert attendance and performances.

Music Generation Laois delivers engaging music programmes in schools and centres across 8 programme strands: Choral, Uilleann Pipes, Orchestral, Harp, Brass, Stampede (World) Drumming, a School of Rock and Pop and The Music Box – a Music Programme for children and young people with special needs. Participation across almost all programme strands occurs both within and outside of schools contexts. Further details about all programme strands are available online (www.musicgenerationlaois.ie/programmes/).

Music Generation Laois is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme, initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by Laois Music Education Partnership, led by Laois County Council in partnership with Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board and Laois Partnership Company.

!!!! Galway County Music Generation

Music Generation Galway County is a new music education service that provides opportunities for children and young people ages 0 to 18 to access a range of vocal and instrumental tuition in their locality.

Primary school-based programming includes ‘Lán le Ceol’, an access programme designed for young people from junior infants to sixth class.

Music Generation Galway County is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by Galway County Music Education Partnership, led by Galway and Roscommon ETB in partnership with Galway County Council, An Roinn Ealaíon, Gaeltachta agus Oidhreachta, Ealaín na Gaeltachta, Tusla, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, NUI Galway, Galway Rural Development, FORUM Connemara CLG, local music partners: Music Matters, Headford Music Works, An Gaelacadamh, Athenry Music School, Coole Music & Arts and The Galway Music Residency, youth services: Foróige, Youthwork Ireland Galway, FORUM Adolescent Support Project and Involve, festivals: Baboró and the Galway Jazz Festival, representatives from the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals, the Irish Primary Principals Association, the Post Primary Music Teachers Association, Galway Education Centre and media partner, The Galway Advertiser Newspaper Group.

!!!! Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Music Generation

Music Generation dlr is a new music education service for children and young people ages 0 to 18 in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.

Whole-class performance music education programmes are offered within primary schools in ukulele, guitar, strings and percussion.

Group tuition is available within a number of Early Years settings, offering young people ages 3 to 5 an introduction to rhythm, movement and music.

Music Generation dlr is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by dlr Music Education Partnership, led by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in partnership with Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board, TUSLA, Southside Partnership dlr, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Blackrock Education Centre, IADT, UCD and Crosscare.

!!!! Cork City Music Generation

Music Generation Cork City (MGCC) is a music education programme that works in partnership with community based musicians and music organisations to make performance music education programmes available in the places where children live, play, and go to school across Cork City.

Programmes in and after school include traditional Irish music tuition, woodwind and brass tuition, rock, pop, rap and choral work.

Partners include GMC Beats, Music in Community (MiC), Creative Tradition, Cork Academy of Music, Cork Barrack Street Band, Ballyphehane Youth Project (Foróige), SoundOUT, Youth Work Ireland Cork, Music Mash Up and ARTlifeCULTURE.

A major project of Cork City Music Education Partnership, MGCC is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme, initiated by Music Network, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and The Department of Education and Skills, and locally in partnership with Cork City Council, Cork ETB, The HSE, CIT and UCC.

!!!! Carlow Music Generation

Music Generation Carlow is a performance music education service in County Carlow that provides opportunities for children and young people to access a range of high quality, subsidised vocal and instrumental tuition in their local area.

The programme offers performance music education in early years’ settings, childcare services and schools, which aim to open up the world of creative music making to children at pre-school level. Primary school-based vocal and instrumental tuition programmes include choral singing, strings, recorder, brass and traditional instruments for ensembles and groups. Outside of this, Music Generation Carlow works in partnership with a number of Music Rich Schools wherein every pupil from junior infants to sixth class has the opportunity to engage in performance music education. A full-school brass and wind programme takes place at secondary school level.

Music Generation Carlow is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme, initiated by Music Network, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by Carlow Music Education Partnership, led by Kilkenny & Carlow Education and Training Board in partnership with Carlow Local Authorities.

!!!! DesignSKILLS

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. This initiative is co-funded by the National Creativity Fund through The Creative Ireland Programme.

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. In 2018 the programme will run in 26 schools across the country.

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. The focus of the programme is based on research conducted by Sandra Reid during her studies at DesignCORE in IT Carlow – learn more HERE

The Creative Ireland  Programme is an all-of-Government culture- based initiative designed to promote individual, community and national wellbeing. The core proposition is that participation in cultural activity drives personal and collective creativity, with significant implications for individual and societal wellbeing and achievement.

DesignSKILLS is supported by:

!!!! Clare Music Generation

Music Generation Clare is a performance music education service for children and young people in County Clare that provides opportunities for children and young people to access a range of vocal and instrumental tuition in their local area.

Within primary school settings, Music Generation Clare’s ‘Music Enrichment Programme’ enables young people to explore active music-making in the classroom and seeks to enrich musicianship in the school. The ‘Primary School Strings’ programme offers high quality group and ensemble tuition across a range of string instruments. A weekly whole school violin tuition programme, the ‘North Clare Strings Programme,’ is also provided to primary schools in the North Clare area.

A series of inclusive, collaborative workshops are offered for students at second level, with or without backgrounds in music, featuring composition, performance and the sharing of ideas, skills and instruments.

Weekly workshops provide the Learners in Youthreach services throughout Clare with an understanding of how a song is composed and explores the craft of song-writing in a positive, supportive environment.

Music Generation Clare is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme, initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by Clare Music Education Partnership, led by Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board in partnership with Clare County Council, University of Limerick and Clare Education Centre.

!!!! Arts in Junior Cycle Initiative (JCT)

Through the Arts in Junior Cycle initiative, Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) aims to present a range of professional development experiences for teachers to support engagement with the arts and learning in junior cycle.

This initiative is guided by the principles expressed in the Arts in Education Charter (2012) and Pillar 1 (Creative Youth) of the Creative Ireland Programme (2017–2022). The initiative originated from a joint Arts Council and JCT pilot partnership initiative that took place in the 2013/2014 school year.

The initiative is based on partnership and collaboration with key elective partners across the arts and education sectors. The initiative aims to support artists, writers, actors, musicians, filmmakers, theatre companies, and others working in the arts industry, to create rich continuing professional development experiences for post-primary teachers.

!!!! CRAFTed

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.

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

For more information download the CraftEd Booklet –  issuu.com/craftscouncilofireland/docs/dccoi_crafted_booklet_web

 

!!!! Teacher-Artist Partnership (TAP) CPD

Teacher-Artist Partnership (TAP) CPD for Supporting & Enhancing

Arts in Education in Ireland (Primary Schools Initiative)

Teacher-Artist Partnership (TAP) CPD is a unique Department of Education and Skills initiative which commenced on a pilot basis in 2014/15 in response to the objectives outlined in the Arts in Education Charter. This initiative is guided by the principles expressed in the Arts in Education Charter (2012) and Pillar 1 (Creative Youth) of the Creative Ireland Programme (2017–2022).

Nurturing the abilities and commitment of artists and teachers for the promotion of arts-in-education is a central concern of the Arts in Education Charter. One of its major initiatives in this regard was the design and implementation of a pilot teacher-artist CPD Partnership Summer Course. Part of supporting schools in the provision of high quality arts education for children, this pilot arts in education initiative was Association of Teacher Education Centre of Ireland (ATECI) led, in partnership with the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht (DCHG), Encountering the Arts Ireland (ETAI) and the Association for Creativity in Arts Education (ACAE).  The initiative is administered by the Education Centre, Tralee. This innovative teacher-artist CPD programme was aimed at developing a model of arts in education CPD for teachers which could be used as a template for the future.

The Pilot Project was researched and the Research Report on this Pilot initiative was launched by both the Minister for Education and Skills and the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in March 2016 and has been published (available on here).

Teacher-Artist Partnership CPD Summer Course & Residency Programme is now mainstreamed and consists of free DES approved (EPV days) Summer Courses operating in each of the 21 full-time Education Centres in Ireland in either July or August each year. Each Course will have 20 primary teachers and 4 professional artists participating. It will be delivered by a trained and experienced Teacher Artist Facilitator Pair. The initiative includes funded Artist in Residency opportunities in which participating teachers and artists work together in collaboration in the School during the following academic year.

Teacher – Artist Partnership (TAP) CAP Information Flyer

Teacher - Artist Partnership (TAP) CAP Information

!!!! Creative Schools

The Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools initiative aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives.

Creative Schools is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme to enable the creative potential of every child. Creative Schools is led by the Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Creative Schools, formerly Arts Rich Schools/Arís, draws on the commitments set out in the Arts in Education Charter.

This pilot initiative will understand, develop and celebrate the arts and creativity in schools. It will establish a range of collaborative opportunities for schools and will develop and strengthen the relationships between schools and the broader cultural and community infrastructure within which they operate. The long term aim is for every school to be supported to fully embrace the arts and creativity, ensuring a positive experience and strong outcomes for children and young people.

!!!! Encountering The Arts Ireland

Encountering The Arts Ireland (ETAI) is an alliance of organisations and individuals whose main objective is the development, promotion and practice of the arts and education* in Ireland particularly in the context of arts and education for children and young people.

Purpose of the Alliance:

 

Aim

To creative and/or identify and support quality arts and cultural engagement (arts education provided through the curriculum and arts in education or curricular arts provision that is brought in as additional to general provision) and participation with children and young people both in and out of school, including formal, non formal and informal learning settings.

ETAI is a membership organisation with approximately 40 organisational members and 110+ individual members representing the educational, arts, heritage and cultural sectors.

 

ETAI are currently represented on the following Oversight Committees:

 

Areas to which members of ETAI are contributing:

Arts Charter Summer Course – TAP

Members of ETAI are involved in the design of summer courses for teachers and artists. The courses focus on and best practice in the partnership between artists and teachers, working together in schools. This is a joint initiative between the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

!!!! 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;

Currently our Outreach Officer is a Creative Associate as part of the Arts Council’s Creative Schools programme.

!!!! National Association for Principals & Deputy Principals (NAPD)

The Arts and Culture Committee is a subcommittee within NAPD set up to promote arts in education in schools

Eblana Villas
Grand Canal St Lower
Dublin 2
01-6627025
info@napd.ie
www.napd.ie

!!!! Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST)

The PDST is a national teacher-support service offering continuing professional development to teachers and school leaders in a range of pedagogical, curricular and educational areas.

Department of Education and Skills priorities inform the work of PDST and such priorities are addressed through the work of individual teams across the organisation. These teams comprise teachers (primary and post-primary)  who are seconded from their schools to work with the support service. Among the key priorities are: literacy; numeracy; supporting school leadership; school self-evaluation; assessment; ICT for teaching and learning; inclusion; health and wellbeing; and specific post primary subjects and programmes that are new or are undergoing change.

PDST’s engagement with arts education is dependent on DES priorities. Currently the PDST Technology in Education sits on the editorial committee of the Arts in Education portal and is responsible for the digital implementation of specific aspects of the Arts Education Charter.

 

!!!! National Council for Curriculum & Assessment (NCCA)

The NCCA engages with learners, teachers, practitioners, parents and others to support innovation in schools and other educational settings
35 Fitzwilliam Square
Dublin 2
01-6617177
info@ncca.ie
www.ncca.ie

!!!! 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

http://commonground.ie

!!!! 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 Engagement

This programme is co-funded by the Department of Culture Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Department of Education and Skills and the Heritage Council. Each year projects are produced in schools  ranging from theatre and film through to sculpture and music.  A creative engagement happens when a local artist or  arts  group comes into the school and imparts their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to the students.  This partnership has mutual benefits to both artist and school.

The Creative Engagement programme strives to encourage creativity, initiative and expression in our students and to complement curricular learning in the arts , heritage and culture.  NAPD envisions an education system energised through the arts and where creativity is a core activity in the post primary curriculum.  NAPD is continuing to develop a partnership with the National Heritage Council. Michael Parsons of the Arts and Culture and Heritage Committee is Chairperson of the National Heritage Council.

Aims and Objectives.

NAPD strives to gain recognition of the centrality of the arts –in-education both within the formal curriculum and as a co-curricular activity.

NAPD supports the work of the Department of Education and Skills and Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to implement the 2013 Arts-in-Education Charter.

NAPD aims to continue to ensure its representation on all bodies charged with the development of the arts-in-education including support for the arts-in-education umbrella body Encountering the Arts Ireland (ETAI)

 

!!!! The Crawford Art Gallery Cork

The Crawford Art Gallery is a historic, civic, cultural space in the heart of Cork city.

Admission to the gallery is always free.

We offer dynamic, high-quality art programmes and visits tailored to suit individual groups. The gallery is open 7 days a week with free tours and workshops for families taking place on Sunday afternoons.

We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with educational partners. We are committed to creating access opportunities for people with diverse voices, abilities, and experiences.

 

 

!!!! Chester Beatty Library

The main purpose of the Chester Beatty Library’s Learning Policy is to support the library’s key strategic priority to promote intercultural dialogue and learning through the cultural, religious, historic and artistic aspects of the collections (See Statement of Strategy: 2016-2020).

In addition to this, as part of the remit of the Chester Beatty, it aims to:

Maintain and preserve the collections of the library and make them available in the most appropriate ways for the use and enjoyment of the public in order to promote a wider appreciation and understanding of the international cultural heritage embodied in the collections and foster relations between Ireland and the peoples whose cultures are represented in the collections.

 

 

!!!! National Museum of Ireland

Founded in 1877, the National Museum of Ireland (NMI) holds in its care 12,000 years of Ireland’s portable heritage and its natural history and is responsible for the preservation and conservation of the portable heritage of the nation, and to provide public access to the national collections, educate and raise awareness of our culture and history, and undertake academic research.

The National Museum is Ireland’s largest cultural institution, holding an estimated 4 million artefacts and specimens held in four museums across the country – three in Dublin and one in Co. Mayo:

·        Museum of Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Booking Office open 9am to 5pm Tues to Fri +353 (01) 6486396
·        Museum of Country Life, Turlough, Co. Mayo. Booking Office Open: 10am to 1pm. Tues to Fri + 353 94 9031751
·        Museum of Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7. Booking Office Open: 9am to 5pm. Tues to Fri + 353 (01) 6486453
·        Museum of Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2. Booking Office Open: 9am to 5pm. Tues to Fri +353 (01) 6486396
·        The Collections Resource Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin.

For the last five years the Museum, at its four sites, has attracted more than 1m visitors annually. In 2017 over 166,000 people availed of and participated in our learning and education resources and programmes. The Museum has won awards for best museum, exhibition, collections care, conservation and best education programmes. For more about the history, architecture and collections of the National Museum of Ireland you can go to www.museum.ie

What is the role of the National Museum of Ireland’s Education Department?

The National Museum of Ireland is a centre for learning and creativity offering services and programmes for a wide range of audiences including adults, families, children and young people. The Museum’s learning programmes encourages experimentation and interrogation, stimulates creativity, offers opportunities for individual and group learning and provides multiple entry points into exploring the wealth and wonderment of the Museum’s exhibitions and collections.

The Education Department is part of the Collections and Learning Division. As a key audience advocate and bridge between the Museum and its publics, the Education Department designs and develops programmes for a diverse audience base that takes acknowledges learning as a lifelong experience.

The Education Department aims to facilitate meaningful connections between exhibitions and the visitor. The expertise of the Education Dept. is to interpret and communicate complex concepts and ideas enabling a range of audiences to engage with what they learn at the museum.

Programmes are devised and delivered to be audience-centred. Education staff aim to meet the intellectual, conceptual, cultural, physical, sensory and emotional needs of the public with programmes that offer creative and challenging learning experiences for as diverse a public as possible.  Public programmes are designed for the formal and informal education sectors and include tours, talks, workshops, handling sessions, conferences, long-term projects and competitions.  Self-directed learning resources include guides and activity books for use in the Museum or online for use in the classroom or at home. The Education Department also works in collaboration with a range of partners such as government departments, arts and cultural organisations and individual cultural providers.

!!!! National Concert Hall

The Learning & Participation programme at the National Concert Hall seeks to engage or re-engage people with music, enhance people’s understanding of music and music making, and encourage personal and societal development through music.

Our Arts in Education programme aims to enhance the musical experience of students in early years, primary, and post primary education; to encourage musical engagement within the whole school community, and to support musical activity in schools where it is reduced.

We view children and young people as co-creators of the learning experience, and our projects are built on principals of non-formal learning, exploration, curiosity, and experimentation.

 

 

!!!! National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland houses your National Art Collection.  Originally opened in 1864, it is located in Merrion Square, in the heart of Dublin city, and is an important and vibrant resource which is FREE to visit, easily accessible by public transport, and is open seven days a week, 361 days a year. It contains over 16,300 artworks, spanning the history of Irish and western European art, from around 1300 to the present. It also has a vast library and archive filled with fascinating objects and documents. This offers a unique environment for education and engagement. Here, the learning process can be a transformative, complex, curious and rewarding experience, with the power to provoke positive change whether through a one-off tour or a lasting scheme.

We provide tailored talks, tours, workshops and special events for diverse audiences including teachers and schools, early years, families, young people, adults, lifelong learning and community groups.  The programme connects with the National Collection, special exhibitions and national and local festivals and programmes. Our Access Programme is dedicated to ensuring that individuals or groups with additional needs are catered for within our general public programme and through bespoke activities and events available both onsite and via outreach projects.

For schools we are proud to offer FREE guided tours of the collection and special exhibitions to every school child in Ireland, from pre-school to Post Primary. At all levels, our programme links directly to the curriculum, reflects best practice in Visual Arts Education and can be tailored to the needs of your group. We work onsite, offsite and online with a range of partners to develop tailored school workshops and provide detailed resources on our website.

We run national programmes, including the Zurich Young Portrait Prize, our inclusive art competition for children and young people aged 0 to 18. The annual National Drawing Day takes place in May in galleries, museums, art centres and libraries nationwide.

We welcome the opportunity to connect with new audiences. Find out more about our current programme of education activities here:
https://www.nationalgallery.ie/what-we-do/education-department

!!!! Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)

IMMA is Ireland’s national cultural institution for Modern and contemporary art.

IMMA’s programme comprises exhibitions, projects, residencies, and a national collection of over 3,000 artworks by leading Irish and international artists. IMMA’s Engagement and Learning programme provides opportunities for audiences of all ages to explore art and unlock their own creativity through group tours, talks, art workshops, and CPD events.

IMMA is located in the extraordinary grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, the finest 17th-century building in Ireland, which was a home for retired soldiers for almost 250 years.

 

 

!!!! 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:

!!!! 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

Cork

021 4215185

www.iayo.ie

 

!!!! 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

061 202620

www.irishchamberorchestra.com

 

!!!! 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.

Schools Programme
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.

Community Workshops
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.

Family Audiences
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.

Instrument Hub
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.

Residencies 
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:

Youth Theatre Ireland is guided by the following core values:

 

!!!! Children’s Books Ireland

Vision   

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.

Mission

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 Association of Teachers/ Education Centres of Ireland (ATECI)

The Association of Teachers’/Education Centres in Ireland (ATECI) is the umbrella organisation for the National Network of Teacher/Education (Support) Centres, which comprises 21 full-time and 9 part-time Education Centres. It represents the interest of the Network as a whole including Management, Directors and Staff.

The Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht became co-signatories of the “Arts in Education Charter” which was launched in January 2013. The Charter plays a pivotal role in promoting both Arts Education and Arts in Education among children and young people through the alignment of a joined-up, integrated and collaborative approach across Government Departments, Education Agencies and Arts Organizations.

 

 

!!!! The Arts Council of Ireland

The Arts Council of Ireland is the Irish government agency for developing the arts. We work in partnership with artists, arts organisations, public policy makers and others to build a central place for the arts in Irish life.

The Arts Council supports and promotes children and young people’s engagement with the arts from birth to early adulthood. We use the term Young People, Children and Education (YPCE) to describe this area of work. YPCE focuses on the child or young person’s experience of the arts whether as a young artist, learner, participant, audience member, or a combination of these.We recognise that all children have a right to participate fully in the arts and cultural life, and the Arts Council strategy 2016-2025 places emphasis on planning and providing for children and young people.

We provide funding to a wide range of arts organisations and individual artists to design, develop and run artistic programmes with and for children and young people in and out of school: www.artscouncil.ie/Map2018. We also provide partnership funding to local authority arts offices around the country, many of which run arts in education programmes.

The Arts Council has commissioned research regarding arts and cultural participation among children and young people to inform policy and provision in this area. We have published a number of reports, guidelines, and other information in relation to arts in education – please see the publications section of the Arts Council website at www.artscouncil.ie/publications/

The Arts Council provides advice to the government in relation to the arts and has been a long-time advocate for the arts in education, spanning several decades. Seminal reports published by the Arts Council include The Place of the Arts in Irish Educationin 1979, and Points of Alignmentin 2008. The Arts Council has played a central role in progressing the implementation of the Arts in Education Charter (2013) including the development of www.artsineducation.ie.

The Arts Council has supported a number of pilot arts in education initiatives, which have since become mainstreamed and are now funded through the Department of Education and Skills. The Arts Council is currently leading the pilot for Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools, a partnership with the Department of Education and Skills, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs as part of the Creative Ireland Programme.

Arts and cultural participation among children and young people – Insights from the Growing Up in Ireland study from Arts Council on Vimeo.

!!!! 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

DesignSKILLS

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.

 

!!!! The Abbey Theatre

A dedicated community and education department; the schools strand includes Priming the Canon and the Theatre-Making and Citizenship programme

 

 

!!!! Sligo Music Generation

Music Generation Sligo is a music education service for children and young people in County Sligo.

Discovering Music’ (early years) is an introductory access programme to provide young children with an introduction to the world of music in childcare, and primary school/junior class settings.

Discovering and Performing Music’ (primary and post primary level) is a whole-class instrumental and vocal tuition programme for primary schools from 3rd – 6th class, introducing children and young people to reading and performing music. Post-primary schools have the option to explore other modules such as song writing, recording and music technology.

Performance, masterclasses and composition are project-focused school and community programmes offering opportunities for ambitious live performances and advanced tuition.

Con Tutti SEN Programme is a music education, research and training programme in partnership with the Centre for Special Educational Needs, Inclusion & Diversity (CSENID), St Angela’s College, Sligo. The Con Tutti programme is delivered by Music Generation Sligo tutors in autism units and special schools in Sligo throughout the school year.

Music Generation Sligo is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds and the Department of Education and Skills and locally by Sligo Music Education Partnership, led by Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB in partnership with Sligo County Council, Sligo Education Centre, Sligo County Childcare Committee, Cranmore Regeneration and the local music sector.