Art has to do with life. Only from art can a new concept of
economics be formed, in terms of human need, not in the sense
of use and consumption, politics and property, but above all in terms of the production of spiritual goods.”
The Agency of Community Culture - Promoting Cultural Rights
Wednesday 28 May from 10:45am to 1pm at the EU Commission Offices, Molesworth St. Dublin 2. Blue Drum and the Equality Rights Alliance want to explore why cultural rights are often described as the ‘neglected’ or ‘under-developed’ category of human rights. How can we change it? This work links to the EU City Researches Project and the ERA seminar report A New Departure for Equality and Human Rights. Read [+]
Tulsa - Child and Family Agency - New Website
Support for Blue Drum comes from the Child and Family Agency, which was established on the 1st January 2014. It is now the dedicated State agency responsible for improving wellbeing and outcomes for children. Gordon Jeyes, the Chief Executive says the new Agency represents the most comprehensive reform of child protection, early intervention and family support services ever undertaken in Ireland. Read [+]
Social Inclusion Forum 2014
1st April, 2014, Croke Park, Dublin.
The City (Re)Searches: Experiences of Publicness took part in the showcase of social inclusion projects during the national forum. Minister Joan Burton spoke about the need to balance priorities of public value and public trust. The meeting provided a practical opportunity for engagement between officials from Government Departments, Community and Voluntary Organisations and people experiencing poverty. READ [+]
Also, here are some submissions t the Northern Ireland Assembly invited submissions in March from arts organisations including the Arts Council, Community Arts Partnership and Arts for All.
The Meitheal Model is a key driver of the development of an area-based approach to prevention, partnership and family support through local area pathways as part of the National Service Delivery Framework of the Child and Family Agency. Meitheal is an old Irish term that describes how neighbours would come together to assist in the saving of crops or other tasks. In this context Meitheal is a National Practice Model to ensure that the needs and strengths of children and their families are effectively identified and understood and responded to in a timely way so that children and families get the help and support needed to improve children’s outcomes and realise their rights. Read [+]
The report of the Dail Eireann Committee on Arts and Disadvantage will be published soon. Blue Drum is currently working with groups in Limerick, Cork and Dublin as well as an inter departmental working group to prepare the Strategy. For us, access and participation by poor children, families and communities is our priority. Our approach fits well with recommendations from EU and UNESCO studies.
Two parallel exchanges take place in Cork and Limerick about community arts on September 12 and 13 respectively. The Cork exchange is organised by Ballyphehane / Togher CDP and the Limerick exchange will be part of a Creative Communities meeting. The potential of community arts to stimulate creativity in disadvantaged communities, to engage these communities with the arts, and to enable resilience and affirmation of identity within these communities is largely unrecognised and unsupported.
This years theme is Community Culture and will include
Pedagogy of Community and Cultural Rights is a five-day programme that will explore cooperative approach among organisations. It is led by Artway of Thinking, a Venetian artists collective.
First dissemination presentation about City (Re)Searches Project to Curatorial Practices Reframed: Politics and Pedagogy in Curating Contemporary Art (November 1-2, 2013 - Nicosia, Cyprus)
This paper will describe a research project, which set out to consider how to find new ways to respond to some of the indissoluble problems facing culture in Europe. City (Re)Searches is a two-year project funded by the EU Culture Programme as a cultural policy analysis.
Keynote Lecture: Arlene Goldbard - The Culture of Possibility
She is best know as an advocate for cultural democracy and a creator of cultural critique and new cultural policy proposals. In her new book , The Culture of Possibility: Art, Artists & The Future, Goldbard lays out what a future in which creativity, empathy, and social imagination are primary for nurturing emergent leadership.[Postponed until Spring 2014]
Untapped Capital, an exchange workshop and seminar where we want to kick-start a conversation about community arts enterprise. [Postponed until Spring 2014]
Ireland has a large Lithuanian population so it seems timely for a trip to Kaunas to mark Ireland’s EU Presidency just before it passes over to the government in Vilnius. Supported by Culture Ireland the final city inquiry of the City (Re)Searches project will engage with ‘small’ culture. The project is located with a community in Šanciai, Kaunas. Read [+]
Here are the transcripts from various witness statements made during March and April 2012 to the Dail Committee.
Earlier in February there was a discussion with City of Dublin VEC about music education in disadvantaged areas. It had been unsuccessful in its application to the Music Generation programme.
Produced in 2010 by DCTV this contains a series of short responses to the question what is community art.
Visualising Advocacy: Creative Strategies for Social Change
27th May 2014, Science Gallery, The Naughton Institute, Trinity College, Dublin 2
The Advocacy Initiative in association with Claiming Our Future and Blue Drum will hold a seminar about the role of arts in campaigns. All social justice advocates and campaigners collect information which we present in all kinds of ways. We use images, photos, billboards, theatre, and demonstrations to empower, raise awareness, inform and influence. We know as advocates and campaigners that we compete in a media saturated society and need to make sure our messages have impact. Today the power of visualisation and interactive experience is more important than ever. Read [+]
Imagine if local services were delivered from the point of view of local citizens. That becomes a mute point when you think 80% of funding for the Arts is allocated to around 230 arts organisations. Blue Drum took part in focus group meetings with the Arts Council and will make a submission before the deadline of April 22, 2014.