Be Creative – Be Healthy – Be Connected

Call for Artists who want to work with communities on-line

In the context of our communities and citizens minimising physical engagement, Leitrim County Council is looking for artists that are interested in using on-line technology to provide opportunities for communities to engage with each other and enhance their creativity at this time.

While there is any amount of excellent national and international on-line resources available across the creative sector, some of which are outlined below, we are interested in developing be-spoke projects, programmes and activities that are directed to particular communities or cohorts in Leitrim that keep these communities connected. As such, as well as the artistic quality of the process, quality of engagement is key – engagement between the artist and the group and engagement between the group members themselves.

The group may be one which you already have a relationship with. It may be your own immediate community. It could be a youth group, parent and toddler group, mens shed, hens shed, fishing club, book club, housing estates residents group, a whole village, people who live on bogs or near a particular river - communities who up until recently physically engaged with each other on a near daily basis. While every community is currently feeling the impact of isolation, we particularly welcome projects that build on existing relationships with hard-to-reach communities and groups with additional needs.

Expressions of interest are being accepted from now up until Friday 10th April. While the programme is designed for the current circumstances, some activities may extend beyond that point and may be maintained and continued thereafter.



be creative web

For everyone at home with kids over the next few weeks, we’re gathering good ideas for links to fun and creative activities you can access on-line. Thanks to Avril Carr, Brid Finn and Suzanne Duffy for most of these suggestions – keep them coming and add them to the list…

dabbledoo2 is an on-line music education platform designed for teachers. It offers a free 6-week intro though so it's worth checking out.
tradoodle2 The amazing Thomas Johnson  from Ceol Connected will be live streaming some songs and stories to keep us all entertained. You can follow his facebook page here and his daily youtube Tradoodle is here
tinkerlab2 There are great ideas from Tinkerlab here - from stop motion animation to easy science and craft projects.
branar2 Branar Theatre Company - will post a link to one of their fab theatre shows each day. See here for more info
OJeffers Author Oliver Jeffers, will read one of his stories every week day at 6pm. See here for info
craftcabin Join Cavan's Craft Cabin on a Facebook Live at 12pm everyday for a craft challenge, prompt or activity for the kids to do while at home. They'll be mainly paper-based and use things that you probably have at home. Hopefully it'll help stem the boredom, entertain the kids and give parents some peace!
seomraranga Starting on Monday, for the next two weeks, Seomra Ranga will have a quiz for stay-at-home kids to complete. There will be a daily prize of a €20 Book Voucher to be won. It might pass half an hour for kids stuck at home during this time!
twinkle The very kind people at Twinkl Resources are offering free access to parents/childminders for a month - covers all primary school subjects, resources for pre-school and lots if themed worksheets/activities.
brainpop BrainPop - Expanding our learning tools, and helping kids create, construct, and collaborate as they explore their world. Brainpop have put on a free sign-up for schools that are closed – you can sign up as a parent or teacher
biodiversity has loads of wonderful activities for kids to explore nature in their back gardens