Funding for creative events for children available

Do you have an idea for a creative event for children and young people? Now you can make it happen.

Mayo County Council is seeking proposals for events for children and young people during Cruinniú na nÓg, the national day of creativity for children and young people on June 15.

Artists, crafters, dancers, storytellers, makers, street artists, heritage workers, musicians, re-enactors, coders and workers in science and technology and all manner of experienced creative professionals, in any artform, craft or creative sphere, are invited to make a proposal.

Traditional skills practitioners or others with an expertise in landscape, flora and fauna/biodiversity, folklife, archaeological heritage, built heritage, history, vernacular architecture or any related field are also encouraged to consider how they might engage with Cruinniú na nÓg and its aim of doing, making, creating. Any practitioner, venue, organisation or community group may make a proposal.

Cruinniú na nÓg takes place on Saturday, June 15 and will be a day of celebrating and encouraging children and young people to take part in cultural and creative events around the county. This will include a mix of performances, demonstrations, coding, theatre, workshops, readings and screenings, special events and much more.

Events will be free with plenty of opportunities for young people to get doing, making and creating. Events can take place at Mayo libraries but also in museums, art centres, schools and any other suitable accessible venues proposed by the applicant. €15,000 funding is available to cover the cost of selected events.

Austin Vaughan, Mayo Creative Ireland Coordinator, is encouraging event proposers to bear this in mind in terms of scale and cost. He said this week:" Mayo County Council will cover some of the costs of the selected events including the costs of hiring artists or other culture or creativity sector practitioners and the costs of materials.

"However, it will not be possible to approve all proposals, in which case funding will be allocated to those events which best meet the objectives of Cruinniú na nÓg. The aim is to provide variety in terms of cultural and creative experience, age groups and locations, all of which will be considerations when deciding on applications”.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is Monday, March 11 at 5pm and proposal form and other information is available at www.mayolibrary.ie Completed forms should be emailed to [email protected] or delivered to Creative Ireland, Mayo County Library HQ, The Mall Castlebar. For queries contact Austin Vaughan at [email protected] or at (094 ) 9047922.

Cruinniú na nÓg is an initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme which aims to enable the creativity of every child and young person. Local Authorities are leading on creating a programme of events to showcase and share opportunities for children and young people.

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