2009 Long Term Projects
Group: South West Wexford School Completion Project
Facilitators: Aileen Lambert and Michael Fortune
Project: Songs and Stories programme for SWSCP
Songs and Stories programme for SWSCP involves schools around County Wexford. It is a two strand project involving groups of student’s schools participating in a workshop of digital photography to produce a publicised book of photography and a workshop of Traditional Irish Song to produce a ‘Sing-Along’ concert.
Strand One – Story by Michael Fortune
‘Stories’ by Michael Fortune has developed a project that explores the importance placed on the everyday household ornaments, their unwritten personal history and the modes of its display. Michael Fortune is working with two groups of students from Colaiste in Adamstown and Ramsgrange Community School in after-school workshops, introducing the students to the use of photography and story-collecting. The project features workshops where the students undertake training in Digital Photography, Photoshop, story writing and publicising software Book-Smart from Blurb. At the end of the project each of the two groups produce a limited edition, professional, colour hardback book of their photography which will be published and donated to the local libraries of County Wexford as well as the schools library.
Strand Two – Song by Aileen Lambert
‘Songs’ by Aileen Lambert has developed a project that promotes traditional Irish singing to generate interest in the students of our national heritage and to encourage them to listen and learn songs of Traditional Irish. The project ‘Songs’ deliveries a series of workshops in traditional singing with three primary schools, Michael Street Boys Junior School, CBS Primary Schools and St. Josephs Girls National School from New Ross. The project features in-school workshops with the view to forming two focused groups for a series of after schools workshops. The project will result in a “Sing-Along” even in each school to which parents and family will be invited. With permission from parents, footage of the Sing-Along may be recorded and featured on Youtube.
Group: Access 2000 Women’s Community Education and Training
Facilitators: Michael Fortune
Project: Web Based Project
ACCESS 2000 found that the organisation needed to mark and document the organisation by creating a lifeline of their history and to reflect on their past. Founding Members of Access 2000 Women’s Community Education and Training Project will work alongside artist Michael Fortune to create a web based project to produce a living archive, which contains the history, hopes and aspirations of the women behind ACCESS 2000. The website will contain a range of mediums from old photographs, diaries and written accounts as well as interviews and other filmic footage. The website will be launch locally in Wexford town.
Group: FDYS Coolcotts Youth Project
Facilitators: Andi Mc Garry
Project: Book Project
FDYS Coolcotts Youth Project has developed a project, researching the history of the area/community of Coolcotts through the minds of the young and old residents of the community, to produce a book of their findings. The project helps the participants to develop an understanding of their heritage. The aim of the project is to gather articles, interviews, photos and information to produce a book. The project is a great opportunity for the young people to learn about their past, where they came from and the changes in their community then and now. The project will allow young people and old people in the community to share their own experiences and to collaborate. At the end of the project the book will be publishing and distributed throughout the area.
Group: Taghmon Action Group
Facilitator: Suzanne Power
Project: “Taghmon 2010, the place to be”
Taghmon Action Group has developed a project called “Taghmon 2010, the place to be” involving storybooks/puppetry/arts and crafts workshops for nine to twelve years olds who are part of the After Schools Programme. The aim of the project is to encourage children to use their sense of place and person to become more creative through drama. The project will help the children to discover their own talent, developing drama skills, building confidence and how to work within a team. At the end of the project the group will perform a drama production in front of an invited audience showcasing the skills that the children have developed throughout the course of the project
Group: St. Aidan’s Day Care Centre for the Elderly Unit
Facilitators: Mary Breen and Aileen Lambert
Project: Boolavogue Textile Weaving and Traditional Singing
Boolavogue Textile Weaving Project
Boolavogue Textile Studio is providing a Weaving project for the day care members of St. Aidan’s Day Care Centre for the Elderly Unit, continuing on from the 2008 weaving project also provided by Boolavogue Textile Studio, sponsored by Wexford Arts Department. This project will introduce the group to a more advanced weaving technique including tapestry drawing, wool dying, frame warping and a visit to Avoca Weaving. The woven tapestry (depicting St. Aidan’s logo of a Dove) will be made by the group to commemorate St. Aidan’s Elderly Day Care Centre Unit 20 year’s service to the community.
Aileen Lambert is providing a series of workshops that will encourage participation of all day care members of St. Aidan’s Day Care Centre for the Elderly Unit, to draw on their repertoire of well-known traditional songs and also introducing them to the range of different traditional songs including songs of love, emigration, comic songs, local ballads etc. that are appropriate to their individual and group style and interest. A ‘Sing-Along’ event which will be presented to an audience at the end of the workshop that may feature solo or duets as well as group singing.
Group: Slaney GYDP, FDYS of Enniscorthy
Facilitators: Myriad Dance Company - Joke Verlinden
Project: Slaney Dance Performance Project
Slaney GYDP is based in Enniscorthy town. Its aim is to divert young people way from anti-social and criminal behaviour. Slaney GYDP have developed a Dance project involving young people aged 12-17years to create a dance piece that will be performed in the FDYS Enniscorthy, followed by a final performance at the Myriad Dance End of Year Showcase in the Wexford Opera House. The Dance project will incorporate several music genres and seven different dance routines to show the participants own movement and dance. The project will help young people to develop skills in dance creation, performance and appreciation but also to promote social skills such as teamwork, listening, public speaking, and ability to concentrate.
Group: FAB Community Development Project
Facilitators: Myriad Dance Company
Project: Community Dance/Flash mobbing Project FAB CDP
and Myriad Dance Company
Myriad Dance Studio have created a dance project to make the arts engaging and relevant to the residence of Ferndale Ashfield and Belvedere by exploring and using the medium of Community Dance/ Flash mobbing as a tool to address and highlight issues that have an impact on the participants living in the community. The group will perform three *Flash mob events throughout the project within the community. The project will help in promoting and increasing social skills, build confidence and self esteem among the participants throughout the series of dance workshops and performances.
* Flash mobbing
Flash mobbing is a relatively new phenomenon to Ireland in which people congregate and take part in an action and then leave again, traditionally they have been co-ordinated through the net, but more and more are being co-ordinated by a specific group. (see: Flash mob//Kilkenny arts festival// Connolly station.) or Flashmob// Dundrum town centre.)
Group: Monaseed Youth Club Gorey
Facilitators: Myriad Dance Company
Project: Dance Project ‘Fantasy Journeys’ Myriad Dance
Myriad Dance Group has developed a project that will give children a unique opportunity to explore their own creativity through the medium of dance. The children will explore the limits of their imaginations through dance workshops that will introduce a series of dance improvisations, movement games and the learning of patterns and sequences. The production will be shaped and crafted by the children alongside the artist that will incorporate music from around the world, stories of their own and devised from Myriad. The production will be performed for the local community at the end of the project to highlight the children’s achievements.
Group: Hope Cancer Support Centre
Facilitators: Suzanne Power
Project: CD and Book Project
The Hope Cancer Support Centre has developed a project creating a CD and book featuring the thoughts, observations and learning of those who attend the Hope Centre. The Hope Centre aims to provide the best possible comfort and motivation for anyone who has been cancer diagnosis and by developing this project, its aim is to help the participants to see themselves as people first and suffers second through the written and spoken word to support and help them on their cancer journey. This project will assist them in empowering themselves, manage stress and regain control in their lives which will lead to a sense of inner calm. The CD and book will be produced and given to contributors and sufferers who will find them comforting and beneficial.
Group: Cuidiù Wexford Parent Toddler Group
Facilitators: Myriad Dance Company - Joke Verlinden
Project: Dance Project
Cuidiù Wexford ‘Parent Toddler Group ‘ have developed a project alongside Myriad Dance, to give an opportunity for parents and their pre-school children to enjoy and explore movement, dance, rhythm and beat through a series of dance workshops. The project will allow parents and their children to experiment with movement, develop their imaginations and to bond and have fun together dancing. The project will create an opportunity for the pre- school children to learn to socialise with their peers and also for parents to converse and discuss about issues with other parents.