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Youth Arts News May 2015

Update from the Youth Arts Programme

Summer School is Open for Bookings!

NYCI Arts Programme Summer School is open for bookings!  We are delighted this year to be offering workshops with Corn Exchange Theatre Company, Max Hafler and Maeve Clancy to support those working in youth work settings to work with young people through the arts.  Extra support workshops will be around funding and fundraising for youth arts projects and a chance to have a sneak-experience of a 'Complaints Choir' (a community arts based method for 'singing your worries away').

Come with us to Galway in June and learn new skills and techniques, network with your peers and recharge your creative and professional batteries!

Full brochure and booking details are available here

Early bird offer closes this Friday, 15th May 2015 NYCI Member discount available


Bloggers in Residence Series

NYCI Arts Programme Bloggers in Residence series continues with a series of blogs on arts in youth, community and family resource settings and on mapping the progress of a music, health and wellbeing project for young people in Carlow called 'Sing and Shine' from Aspiro.  You can read more here

If you have a project, theme or isse you feel would be relevant to our blog series, please feel free to send your proposal!


News from NYCI

Marriage Referendum

Youth Council calls for Yes vote

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) has confirmed its support for a Yes vote in the Marriage Equality Referendum following a ballot of its members. The NYCI is the representative body for youth organisations whose 1,400 staff and 40,000 volunteers work with over 380,000 young people nationwide.  
The NYCI has added its voice to a coalition of organisations including the ISPCC, Barnardos, Foróige, Youth Work Ireland, the Children’s Rights Alliance and Pavee Point to call for a Yes vote. The campaign is coordinated by NYCI member BeLongTo, Ireland’s national organisation for LGBT young people.

James Doorley, NYCI Deputy Director said: “We now look forward to doing everything we can to support the achievement of a yes vote on May 22nd.

“This is about equality for LGBT young people, volunteers and staff in youth organisations. The referendum is an opportunity to send a strong message to young people across Ireland that they are valued equally; and that we want to promote respect and reduce homophobia.

“A key part of this referendum will be getting out the vote. In the coming days NYCI will be encouraging 18 to 25 year olds in particular to make sure they make their voices heard on Friday the 22nd of May,” added Mr Doorley.

Securing Equality for LGBT Young People
Also commenting, Michael Barron, Founding Director of BeLonG To, said: “Securing marriage equality is hugely important for LGBT young people, in particular. Too many LGBT young people experience difficult times growing up and know they don’t enjoy equal rights.  If marriage equality is not passed, we reconfirm to them that their all too common experiences of homophobic bullying and rejection are acceptable in Ireland. This would be a devastating outcome. This is why we have all come together to call for a Yes to equality vote. We ask youth services to support young people to talk about the importance of this referendum. It's so important that they are empowered to bring their friends and families with them on this journey to equality.”   

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News from the Youth Arts Sector

Blooming Bunting

Blooming Bunting is an experimental venture - trusting in community spirit. Inspired by a belief that everything we do has an impact on our environment, Blooming Bunting invites people to participate and help create the Hanging Gardens of Dublin, as part of Bloom Fringe 2015


Blooming Bunting is putting a call out, and asking people to Join in! To please make and /or donate a length (or more 5m+) of Nature Inspired Bunting to help turn a dreary lane at Dublin Castle into a bunting filled, nature inspired hanging garden. The project is also looking for any support and sponsorship to help make this project come to life.


The intention for Blooming Bunting is to unite communities, by providing a platform: and presenting a project that everyone can take-part in. Blooming Bunting believes in building a true connection between 'Human-Nature'. It celebrates biodiversity, sustainability, creativity and community spirit.


It is hoped, with this project, to plant a seed which will grow and develop. With support, sponsorship and community spirit this project has the potential to develop and connect with many youth groups, schools, and communities throughout the country.


For more about our seed project: 

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