Established in 1980 to promote arts education in schools and communities of the Sligo -Leitrim area, the programme is managed by the Arts Education Organiser, Leo Regan. The Arts Education sub-committee, including representatives from Sligo VEC and Leitrim VEC, oversee the programme. The programme concentrates on arts education activities with due regard for other providers including Adult Education Organisers, Local Authorities and the Arts Council to avoid duplication of service.
The programme includes the following areas of activity at present:
- Curriculum in art in Vocational Schools. Music in Leitrim.
- Artist in Primary Schools scheme
- Events, Projects, Workshops
- Visits by arts professionals to post-primary schools
- Courses, classes, bursaries, awards, workshops with special regard for distinctive cultural life of this area.
- Partnership with voluntary and professional arts groups to provide funding for arts education activities.
- Educational activities in conjunction with performance events.
- Projects with arts professionals with specific arts education benefit.
- Advice and assistance for individuals for arts education.
- Research into male cultural identity.
- Regional cultural identity in photo - image archive.
- Development of integrated programmes with community groups
- FLAMING ARROWS international journal of poetry.
- Publication of Irish creative writers.
- Megalithic landscape in the region as study source for art works.
- Documentation in digital video of cultural expression from person's resident here for archive and production into educational material.
The Sligo-Leitrim Arts Education Programme welcomes proposals from students, arts professionals, educators, adults, and community groups who require assistance in development of creative abilities in the arts, including visual, verbal, musical, dramatic, dance or multi-media. Innovative proposals for adult arts education are most welcome from arts practitioners with previous experience in teaching adults.
Fund for Arts Education for Adults
Funded through the Further Education Section of the Department of Education and Science, annual allocations are transferred to County Sligo VEC for expenditure in relation to adult education in the arts. Proposals are invited from individuals, groups and arts organisations for activities which promote adult learning the arts as defined under the Arts Act and understood by local authorities in their administration of arts programmes.
The criteria for assessment of proposals include reliance on qualified practitioners of arts disciplines; provision of planned, coherent activity in developing appreciation, understanding or practice by adults of arts disciplines; innovative and distinctive activity which does not duplicate activities normally provided such as self-financing courses, scholarships for course fees or supplementary services to clients within institutional settings funded from other government departments.
Projects which produce public benefit to the wider community through publication, performance, exhibition or art work for permanent public display deriving from participation of adults working under the direction of a qualified arts practitioner in any art form, including multi-media, digital video and photography are specifically invited. Persons developing such proposals should consult in advance with the Arts Education Organiser.
The development of cultural identity as distinct to this region is a subject for consideration in devising any proposal. Cultural identity relates to memory of any arts product from any source, local, national or international; to shared cultural activity in live events at any location; and to sense of place including cultural artifacts, heritage, built environment and the learning of the distinct qualities of the natural environment specific to living for years, at various stages of a lifetime in geographical location.
In the adult population now there are widely disparate and distinct cultural identities as communication technologies and increasing choice of fragmentary cultural interests and experience abbreviates the durations of generations more rapidly, Generally, a generation was understood in terms of reproduction, about 25 years. In the twentieth century, western cultures began to define generations with decades. Now there are distinct differences of cultural identity within periods of five years.
The impact of this acceleration and fragmentation upon people in a rural area such as Sligo and Leitrim requires participation of adults in the definition of their cultural needs as an initial understanding before developing their own learning in specific arts disciplines. Any individual or group who wish to engage in this investigation should express their interest in order to encourage initiatives to facilitate this process.
Please contact the Arts Education Organiser. Applications for individuals or groups, available from Shaun Purcell (CEO).