Local groups invited to apply for up to €5,000 through national arts and youth scheme
Deadline for applications: Friday 28th July 2017
The Artist and Youth Work Residency Scheme will see local projects nationwide receive grants of up to €5,000
Both Minister for Children and Director of Arts Council commend initiative
Local groups in every county are being encouraged to apply for funding under the Artist and Youth Work Residency Scheme 2017. Open to youth groups and artists, this grant helps those selected to work with a professional artist on a creative project within their local community. It is managed by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) – whose members work with over 380,000 young people each year – and funded by the Arts Council and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA).
Anne O’Gorman of the NYCI said: “If you have an idea for working with young people in a creative way, and need funding to make it happen, we’d encourage you to consider this grant. Each year we are delighted with the calibre of local projects that apply.
“They really highlight the quality and variety of ways in which young people are working creatively with each other and in their local communities. Previous successful applicants have scripted, shot and edited films; designed and constructed pieces of public art; written and performed plays; photographed their neighbourhood and much more,” added Ms O’Gorman.
“We look forward to working with our funding partners The Arts Council and DCYA to resource this sceme for the future, ensuring that young people are supported to access high quality arts experiences in their local communities,” concluded Ms O’Gorman.
The artist and youth work residency scheme is designed to promote innovative partnerships between youth groups, artists and arts organisations. Residencies can take the form of an artist in residence in a youth work setting or a youth group in residence in an arts setting.
Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council said: “We are delighted that the scheme is supported by both the Arts Council and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and delivered by the National Youth Council of Ireland. NYCI’s arts programme is well placed to ensure groups who apply to the scheme receive the support they need to begin to develop effective partnerships that foster dynamic arts practice in a youth work context.”
According to the NYCI, the demand for funds from this scheme ran at almost three times the available fund last year demonstrating a strong need for more funding for young people’s participation in the arts. The National Youth Arts Programme runs a range of other activities to promote and develop youth arts in Ireland. See www.youtharts.ie for more.
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, TD, welcomed the announcement saying that she was pleased that her Department could contribute to such a worthwhile initiative. She said that the initiative “Demonstrates the principle of partnership, which is a key priority for my Department. It is also in keeping with Outcome 2 of the National Youth Strategy 2015 – 2020, which provides that young people benefit from involvement in recreational and cultural opportunities including youth work, arts, and sports.”
NYCI is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people. www.youth.ie