Developing a Youth Arts Policy with the National Youth Council Ireland

Posted in Connect on October 2, 2019.


Monday 07th October – 11.00 – 4.30 pm Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar

This information session is for those who wish to promote and develop good quality youth arts practice within arts organisations and the non-formal educational sector, and to develop appropriate policies and activities at local, regional and national level. The NYCI will discuss how Youth Arts Policy fits within the wider policy environment and how to build on actions already taken by organisations in the vicinity.

Maeve Mulrennan will give a presentation on Red Bird Youth Arts Collective, a youth-led visual arts collective based out of Galway Arts Centre. Beginning with the research and development phase 2008 – 2010, she will then look at the founding of the collective, facilitating young people in leadership roles, and working with young people on strategic planning. She will show documentation from a couple of their projects, including one funded by the NYCI.

The NYCI’s Youth Arts Programme is a strategic partnership of The National Youth Council of Ireland, The Arts Council and The Department of Children and Youth Affairs. It is dedicated to the development and advancement of youth arts in Ireland. Facilitator Anne O’Gorman is originally a drama practitioner, youth theatre leader and theatre director.  She is Senior Project Officer, Youth Arts with the National Youth Council of Ireland and Course Co Ordinator of NUI Certificate in Youth Arts.

Maeve Mulrennan is a curator and writer based in Galway. She is the Head of Visual Art + Education in Galway Arts Centre, where she has worked since 2006. She is also working with EVA International and Dublin City Council Culture Company this year. She has worked on Red Bird Youth Arts Collective and its preceding research and development phases since 2008. She is the co-curator of the youth programme for Cúirt International Festival of Literature.

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