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.