Arts Community Engagement Initiatives

Current Community Engagement Initiatives developed under Leitrim County Council’s Creative Ireland Programme.

Leitrim County Council has developed a number of projects as part of its Creative Ireland programme following a call to artists entitled “Be Creative - Be Healthy - Be Connected”.

·         With Airc Damhsha Dance Club, Edwina Guckian produced a film featuring 41 young dancers from Leitrim, the surrounding counties and from New York dancing within 2km of their homes. On its release for International Day of Dance it had over 40,000 organic reach on the Creative Ireland’s Facebook and was shared 353 times. On Twitter it was shared by Minister Madigan, the Local Arts Authority and the Irish Consulate NYC.

·         We have developed a programme to work with Active Age Groups, Men’s Sheds and other isolated groups, coordinating readings and workshops with leading authors as a means of stimulating creativity and maintaining group contact and cohesion. Brian Leyden and Michael Harding have agreed to participate. The first pilot reading is next Tuesday with a Library book club to test the process before rollout with more complex groups thereafter.

·         Magnetise, A Call for Home, is a collaborative intergenerational performance project between six internationally based professional dance artists and two local community groups, WILL (Women Living Independently in Leitrim) and Creative Current Youth Dance.

·         Rabbits Riot Theatre Company are developing a Virtual Sustainable Fashion Show with young people which will follow on from a series of online upcycling workshops led by designer Sonia Norris, theatre producer Treasa Nealon make-up artist Maresa McGovern.

·         Artist Crona Gallagher is inviting children in Manorhamilton to ‘Build Their Own Wings’ via online workshops so they can virtually soar above today’s challenging issues and gain a new and different perspective on them.

·         Young members of Leitrim Down Syndrome group are working with the artist Anna Leask to deliver a digital/photographic project that acknowledges the artistic capacity of children and young people with an intellectual disability, specifically Down Syndrome, and their family unit.

·         The Dock has issued an open call to young people in Leitrim and the surrounding areas to participate in a themed exhibition titled, NATURE NURTURE, working with established artists and curators on the work which will be exhibited in a virtual gallery of The Dock

·         Also at The Dock ‘2Km, 3 Locations’ is an Art Project led by artists David Smith, Anna Leask, Wayne O Connor and Visual Arts & Education manager Laura Mahon for young people aged 14-19 involving the investigation of our 2km radii of our home settings and how we engage together at this time.

·         At Leitrim Organic Centre artist Sarah Lundy is working with the Green Shoots Playgroup via online workshops. The nature champion’s workshops will be made up of easy to access activities that will support children and families to create natural living art pieces focusing on what is available to them in their own garden.

·         Artist Kate Wilson is working with Rossinver Community Centre through a series of online meet ups, workshops and video tutorials for 10-12yr olds in the Rossinver area taking participants on an exciting journey exploring their surrounding environment close up, as well as guiding them through practical techniques in drawing and art making.

·         The MuseHyper Club consisting of 12 young Autistic adults aged 18-30 years are working with Artist Denise Corbett on a project entitled My Immediate Environment. Using digital photography techniques the group members explore their immediate environment indoors or within 2kM of home and relate this to their special interests.

·         Drumsna Community Resource Centre Senior Citizens Group have developed a project “Back to the Future” with singer Fionnuala Maxwell. Through Memories and Songs the project aims to bring together a community who would have very little knowledge of technology and who normally meet face-to-face for a conversation by bringing them on a journey back through their childhood through songs, rhymes and stories.

·         Web-Spinning is a creative writing project for disabled people living in Leitrim working with artist Isolde O’Brolcháin Carmody . Over a ten-week course, they will create stories, poems and snippets reflecting our experiences in the current lockdown and beyond. These works will then be published digitally in accessible formats.

·         Illustrator and group facilitator, Wayne O’Connor will run a series of workshops with a selected group of young people aged 10-18 and introduce them to the joys of a shared storytelling experience in the form of Introductory Sessions of about of the popular Roleplaying game Dungeons and Dragons.

·         A series of online drama workshops focusing on games, play and music with Cloone NS delivered  by Maura Williamson and Treasa Nealon, tailored to the different age groups will take place on June the 13th Cruinniú na nÓg using an online platform.

·         Fab Lab Manorhamilton will work with students from Mastersons NS who will take part in a Geodesic Dome construction project which they create in their own homes with kits that Fab Lab send out. They will watch on an online platform while the the Fab lab team talk about the construction and the ideas behind the structure.

·         Story teller Alan Woods will tell a story live online about the town of Mohill with all its historic and well known landmarks. Artist Kate Murtagh-Sheridan, will respond to the story visually through drawing and illustration. Families from the area will be encouraged to join in the visual response with art materials they have at home.

·         Jess from Mudbugs is working with Leitrim Libraries and will facilitate an online workshop for Cruinniú na nOg aimed at children ages 6+  to create your very own nature journal where they can record all of your findings and observations from nature.

  • EU Sturctural Fund
  • European Union