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Creating Magic

Creating Magic describes the processes and realities of planning and delivering a high quality arts project with young people. The document illustrates the many phases involved in moving from an original idea, on to exploring an art form, through to the final completion of a project or programme.

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Work in Progress: Case Studies in Participatory Arts with Young People (2007)

This book is offered to artists, youth workers and everyone interested in arts practice with young people. In the contributions to this volume the concept of ‘participation’ itself is absolutely central. Drawing on the work both of students on the NUI Certificate in Youth Arts and of other artists, educators and youth workers engaged in arts work with young people, they highlight the value of arts experiences which are not only enjoyable and relevant to young people’s own lives, needs and circumstances but which are developmental in design and which purposefully engage the young people as critical, active participants at all stages of the process. They describe an approach, therefore, which might be termed arts work by, for and with young people.
Price €15.00
Contact NYCI’s Arts Programme to purchase this book. 01 4784122


Centre Stage +10

The final report of the National Association for Youth Drama's major research project Centre Stage +10 was launched on Wed 20th May 2009. Rhona Dunnett, NAYD's Research and Development Officer, carried out extensive research to generate a detailed picture of youth theatre activity in Ireland in 2007/2008.  Substantial input was received from leaders, members and a range of stakeholders in the sector. This was the first research of its kind since the first Centre Stage research took place ten years ago. Please click on the image to be directed to NAYD’s site where you can download the publication.

Let's Do It


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Drama Spaces - A Manual for Working with Young People through Drama (2005)

This resource is aimed at youth workers and others new to using drama as a methodology in their work with young people. It is based on a series of courses of the same name run by NYCI’s Arts Programme and facilitated by Sarah Fitzgibbon. The manual demystifies the process of designing and delivering drama workshops for young people, with lots of helpful tips and exercises. Youth organisations interested in developing staff skills can avail of in-house training to support the use of this manual.
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Digital Media Resource Pack (2005)

This resource is aimed at youth workers and others interested in using digital media creatively with young people. Written by Elise LeClerc, former manager of the SWICN Computer Clubhouse in Dublin, the manual is based on a tried and tested methodology and outlines sample workshop ideas used with youth groups at the Computer Clubhouse. Youth organisations interested in developing staff skills can avail of in-house training to support the use of this manual.

Creating MAGIC (2003)

This resource is a joint initiative between NYCI’s Arts Programme, the City of Dublin Youth Service Board, and the National Youth Federation. The publication describes the processes and realities of developing an arts project with young people and looks at the financial and practical realities of funding such projects.