Ballina Arts Centre is access-driven and participatory in ethos. Since its inception, it has developed and maintained strong links with a number of local community groups, schools and educational organisations.
Ballina Arts Centre is a partner in two highly successful youth arts projects - The Core Youth Music Hub (in partnership with Music Generation Mayo) and Mayo Youth Theatre (in partnership with Mayo County Council).
The Core is a creative space for young musicians, under the auspices of Music Generation Mayo and housed within the centre. At The Core, young musicians can express themselves and work on their music. The building has a dedicated rehearsal space with lots of instruments (including electric guitars, drums, piano and synths, as well as a range of amplification, PA, and studio recording equipment). Members of The Core have access to a range of performance opportunities and industry workshops.
Mayo Youth Theatre was established in 1999, and is based in Ballina Arts Centre. Through the promotion and support of quality youth theatre, emphasising personal and social development, Mayo Youth Theatre provides access to drama for those aged 14 - 20 years old. Opportunities for learning are maximised by linking with other youth theatres, through travel and annual productions. These productions are developed and presented at the centre.