Funding boost for youth arts projects
Wednesday 21st November 2018 at 9am 0 Comments ARTiculate Young People & Wellbeing Arts Programme
Twenty-one youth groups are set to benefit from a funding investment from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Public Health Agency to develop bespoke arts projects which promote positive health and wellbeing.
The investment of over £180,000 through the ARTiculate programme, will support projects in communities across Northern Ireland. Many of the arts projects will work with vulnerable young people and will focus on mental health issues.
Recipients include, the Magnet Young Adult Centre in Newry, An Gaelaras in Derry, the Holywood Family Trust, Foyle Down Syndrome Trust, and the Suicide Awareness and Support Group in Belfast, who have each received between £8,000 - £10,000 to deliver their projects over the next twelve months. All the groups will now have the opportunity to create their own bespoke arts project, working across a range of arts practices including, drama, dance, music, and visual arts.
The latest announcement brings the total amount invested in this programme by the Arts Council and Public Health Agency up to £600,000, over a three year period.
Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented:
“The Arts Council and Public Health Agency have been working together to fund arts project which will help young people to find their voice and address some of the issues which affect them most, whether that’s depression, bullying, exam worries or pressures at home.
“The links between arts and wellbeing are now very well established and through these creative projects we can help young people learn new skills, grow in confidence, build resilience and improve their personal wellbeing.”
Brendan Bonner Assistant Director Public Health (Health and Social Wellbeing Improvement), said:
“The Public Health Agency looks at innovative ways to improve people’s health and wellbeing. This programme with the Arts Council is a perfect example of using the arts to give a voice to young people and encourage help-seeking behaviour.
“The PHA recognises the positive impact that the arts can play in improving the mental health and wellbeing of our young people. Participants will benefit in a number of ways, such as making new friends and connections, developing new skills, gaining confidence in their abilities, and learning more about the help and support that is available on mental health.”
The 21 projects to have received funding are:
- Ardoyne Shankill Health Partnership
- Arts Care
- The Conservation Volunteers
- Crescent Arts Centre
- Dove House Community Trust
- Dunlewey Addiction Services
- Extern Supporting Communities
- Extern Northern Ireland
- Foyle Down Syndrome Trust
- Fresh Minds Education
- An Gaelaras
- Holywood Family Trust
- The Hummingbird Project , C.I.C
- Magnet Young Adults Centre
- Stage Beyond Theatre Company
- Start 360
- Suicide Awareness & Support Group
- Youth Action Northern Ireland
- Open Arts
- Waterside Theatre Company