12 Tips for Embedding the Arts in Your Youth Work Setting
12 Trusty Tips for Starting and Sustaining Youth Arts Work:
Youth arts work involves, by necessity and design, the collaboration of young people, youth workers and artists – and this combination of people and purpose is powerful when approached in a meaningful way.
Various artistic mediums are used to address young people’s needs and various issues they face, and I have experienced the direct benefits for young people and organisations using the approaches described below when they engage in arts practice.
It is important that proper consideration is given to the planning and delivery of these programmes to ensure successful outcomes for all involved. The greatest single learning I have taken is the importance of sharing resources, learning and ideas across individual practitioners, groups, projects and organisations. For that reason, I am suggesting some useful tips for anyone who wants to begin and maintain youth arts within their organisation.
Saoirse Reynolds is currently a Youth Worker and Youth Arts Facilitator in the Brú Youth Service. Her educational background is in Art, Design and Mixed Media from BCFE, BA in Visual Communications from D.I.T, MA in Youth and Community from NUIM and Youth Arts from NYCI. She is the current chairperson of the REEL Youth Collective. Saoirse has a huge passion for working with young people and promoting the power of youth arts. She believes that meaningful collaborations are the secret to success in youth arts.