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Creative Child is a programme of direct contact creative experiences using arts-based engagement to explore communication, opinion, literacy and creativity with children.
The Creative Child programme began in 2013 and drew on previous work from 2011 - 2014 in developing drama and critical appraisal skills in children and the adults in their lives. Following subsequent years of both primary and secondary research, Creative Child has evolved into an extended engagement program, delivering a series of child led, process based, creative workshops combined with performance visits for children, their teachers and parents.
The program works with children aged 3 to 11 years within their schools while also offering training & creative support to parents and teachers.
It directly supports key priorities on child development and education, bringing under-engaged children forward and increasing literacy, confidence, imagination and critical vocabulary.
We do this by putting the child at the centre of what we do, while investing heavily in a high level of training and preparation for our project artists and personnel.
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“I was very impressed with the project. The children really enjoyed it and I saw them develop their skills in many areas. The project was a real success.”
Shaftesbury Nursery School Teacher
The Creative Child project is part of Young at Art’s year round education programme. It is a fully funded project, primarily funded by BBC Children in Need, working with schools from some of the most deprived areas in Belfast. In 2017 we worked with 15 pre-schools and 8 primary schools across West, North & East of the city.
‘The project is really well organised, children love the workshops, shows are always excellent and are often a new experience for children.’ Ballysillan Primary School Teacher
Following the successful pilot of the project through Irish in 2017, we have secured funding through Foras na Gaeilge for the delivery of Creative Child in Irish Medium to all 5 of our Irish Medium schools in 2018.
“This is the best trip I have ever been on in 15 years at school. Every part of the project was enjoyable, not only for children but also for the staff. The experiences children got were second to none - our children definitely wouldn’t have these experiences otherwise - live theatre, backstage tours, drama, and visual art workshops. Every person we encountered from Young at Art was professional, friendly, fun and able to build a lovely rapport with the children...The organisation of the project was fabulous. We as a nursery loved every minute. Thank you so much for everything.” St Matthew’s Nursery teacher
Thanks to this project, children will receive a range of creative experiences designed to develop their imagination, creativity and ability to talk about their creative arts experiences.
The Creative Child project is funded by:
BBC Children in Need
Ernest Cook Trust
Thomas Devlin Community Arts Fund
Cultúrlann Mc Adam Ó Fiaich
Victoria Homes Trust
Esme Mitchell Trust
Foras na Gaeilge
And supported by The Strand Arts Centre
The Creative Child project is fully subscribed for 2017-2018. Teachers and educational professionals may be interested in finding out more about the training that we offer - see here