Cruinniú na nÓg - celebrating creativity in young people
Saturday 11th June 2022
Call for Expressions of Interest
Do you have an exciting idea for a creative project/event for children and young people that you would like to see happen?
This year Cruinniú na nÓg - the national day of creativity for children and young people – is going to be bigger than ever before, with restrictions relaxed we can now see a welcome return to live events taking place for young people in County Leitrim.
Right now we are encouraging children’s groups, youth organisations, arts centres, or any arts, heritage, environmental or educational organization etc. to submit an Expression of Interest to develop a project that allows children and young people to explore, enhance or celebrate their own creativity.
We particularly welcome Expressions of Interest from collectives of organisations so as to allow for the widest accessibility to Cruinniú na nÓg 2022 and to minimize overlap between different events and activities happening the same area. This could happen in number of ways. A number of organisers could create a single collaborative project together, or different organisers in your area could programme a series of events that take place in several venues but are coordinated to ensure that different age groups are catered for and that events for the same age group aren’t running at the same time.
So if you work with children and young people, this is a great opportunity to develop something really special. Have a chat with them and see what they’re interested in and develop a plan together. Perhaps they’ve always wanted to make a film, do some incredible science experiments, or explore their own community in a creative way. If you’ve got an idea, we can help make it happen. If you’re a theatre company, arts centre or involved in creativity in some other way and are looking to engage a new young audience, this is also a great opportunity to make that happen. If you’re an artist that works with children and would like to get involved, contact a group that works with children and see if they’d like to work with you.
The guiding principle of Cruinniú 2022 is to empower children and young people to develop their creative expression through creative activities in their local area. Events can take all shapes and sizes from visual and performing arts to workshops and creative adventures in heritage, culture, science or technology. The emphasis though should be on ‘doing’, ‘making’, ‘creating’. All events should be focused on children and young people (up to 18), and we particularly welcome applications that gives access to groups of children who haven’t had such opportunities before.
If you are interested in organising an event, Leitrim County Council can provide financial support towards the costs– particularly the costs of hiring artists or other practitioners, and towards the costs of materials. Grants will typically be in the region of €500 to €2,500. While there is no fixed number of awards, there will generally be a larger number of lesser value awards and a small number of higher value ones. Depending on the number of applications received, it may not be possible to fund all applicants and in that case available funding will be allocated to those which best meet the objectives of the programme. While the focus of most events will be on Saturday 11th some events can also be held the day before for those groups, especially schools, that meet during the week.
CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT OF EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: Friday 25th March 2022
We are here to help, if you need assistance or further information please contact Alice Dixon, Creative Ireland Project Manager, on firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Leitrim County Council on 071 96 21694.
Online applications only are accepted. To apply online, download and complete the application form belwo and upload it along with any additional information required before midnight on Friday 25th March 2022.
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