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Mayfield Community Arts Centre

WHERE? MayÞeld Community ArtsCentreisa

unique,purposebuiltartsspace basedinNewbury HouseFamily ResourceCentre inMayÞeldinthe northofCorkCity.

Photo: Participants  of  GlobalFest  2008,  a  youth  arts  project  that  brings   together  young  people  from  Ireland,  Nicaragua,  Colombia  and  Guatemala

WHAT?

MayÞeldCommunityArtsCentredevelops,manages anddeliverscommunityartsprogrammesin consultationwiththelocalcommunity. CurrentlyourtwomainprogrammesareourGlobalEducation ProgrammeandourArtsandIntegrationProgramme.Wealso oȔertraining,runoutofschoolsactivities,supportyouthin initiatingtheirownprojectsthroughtheEuropeanYouthin ActionprogrammeandcoordinateaEuropeanVoluntaryService programme. InourGlobalEducationProgrammeweusetheartsasatoolto connectlocalandglobalissuesandtoenablelocalyoungpeople toshowsolidaritywithyoungpeopleintheGlobalSouth. Projectshavebeendevelopedanddeliveredinformalandnonformaleducationalcontexts.Wealsosupportacoregroupof teenagerswhoareveryactiveinparticipating,shapingand developingtheprogrammes.Ourcreativeandcolourfulprojects notonlycreatespaceforpersonallearning,reßectionandaction butalsocreatespacesforinteractionwiththepublicandvarious sectorsofthecommunity. Wehavealonghistoryofco-operationandpartnershipwith communitydevelopmentorganisationsusingartsmethodologies inCentralAmerica.Thishasbothcontributedtothewealth oftheprogrammeÕsmethodologiesandalsohasenabledour programmetomaintainabalanceofsouthernperspectivesin itsglobaleducationwork.Thecontributionofinternational volunteerswhoareregularlyhostedherealsoenrichesour programmes.

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TheCentreismanagedbythevoluntaryBoard ofManagementofNewburyHouseFamilyResource Centre.AnArtsCommitteeontheBoardoverseesthe strategicdevelopmentoftheCentre. TheCentreisco-ordinatedbyafull-timecoordinatorand thereare12staȔ,mostlypart-timeoremployedona projectbasis.Manyvolunteers,communityemployment workersandfreelanceworkerscontributetotheCentreÕs 2mainprogrammes:ArtsforIntegrationandtheGlobal EducationProgramme. ThemaintargetgroupfortheCentreÕsactivitiesarethe residentsofthelocalcommunity.TheGlobalEducation programmeseekstoenageMayÞeldÕsyoungpeoplein particular. Clickheretoseeourwebsite.(www.mayÞeldarts.org)


Mayfield Community Arts Centre

WHY?

? W HO

ArtsandDevelopment:AHumanRightsBased Approach. Weunderstanddevelopmenttobetheachievementofrights forallpeopleandthatartscanplayaroleindevelopment whenitisfoundationishumanrightsbasedapproach.Our workwithyoungpeopleisbasedonthefollowingprinciples: Empowermentandparticipation Themethodologyallowsyouthtobeempoweredthrough theirselectionoftopics,developmentofideasandopinions onthetopicsaswellastheiractiveparticipationcreatingart expresstheiropinionstothepublicandtostakeholders. Accountability Itiscrucialtoourprojectsthattherelevantpeoplehearthe message.Thereisalsoanimportantimpactinincreasing generalpublicawarenessofthetopicsimportanttoyouth, asthepubliccanalsotakeactiononthetopicsandcanbe involvedindemocraticprocessestopromotechange. Non-discriminationandprioritisationofvulnerablegroups Artmadebyunderrepresentedyoungpeopleisvital.We liveinasocietythatleaveseconomicallydisadvantaged peoplewithoutavoice.Theresultisasocietythatdoesnot understandorembracediverseexperiencesand,asaresult, formsone-sidedandinherentlylimitedconceptsoftheworld. Art(includingmedia)isthemostpowerfulwaytomake newvoicesaccessibleandpalatabletomainstreamsociety. Itisthispathwaytolearningandexperiencingsomething newthatenablesusasasocietytoÞndnewsolutionstoold problems. LocalandGlobalCitizenshipandsolidarity Ourprogrammesencourageyoungpeopletofeelpartand tobeactivewithintheirlocalcommunitybutalsotothink beyonditandtothinkandactasGlobalcitizens.Through creativenon-formallearningmethodologiesweenable youngpeopletoconnectwithyoungpeoplefromtheGlobal South,tounderstandotherrealitiesandtocreateshared responsestoissuesofimportancetothem. Ourstrongpartnershipswithcreativeorganizationsfrom CentralAmericaunderpinourapproachtoGlobalCitizenship education.

FUNARTE

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La Cambalacha www.lacambalacha.org

OurphilosophyofArtActionisacreativelearning andexplorationprocessthatstrivestoemboldencommunity memberstoarticulatetheirpointofviewonissuesthat mattertothem,toraiseawarenessinothersandtoinspire newaction. ArtActionprojectsbringtheyoungpeoplethroughthree phases:  ¥ ExperientialEducation.Weusenon-formallearning methodsascreativelyaspossiblewithgroupdiscussions, debates,criticalreßection,andcreativeexplorationof topics.Thisfacilitatespeopletodeeplyexploretheissues, deÞnetheirperspectivesandcreateaprocessandproduct thatimpactsothers.ATtheendofthisphasethegrouphas formulatedaperspectiveontheissuethattheyhavebeen exploringandtheybegintoplanhowtheywilluseartasa waytoexpressthis. ¥ ArtAction.Theart-makingprocesshelpstosolidify theknowledgetheyÕvegained,thinkaboutwhotheywant toimpactwiththeirart,whatmediumwillbestreachthe intendedaudienceandwhatmessageisgoingtobemost powerful.Oncetheseelementshavebeenexplored,the groupbeginstheart-makingprocess.Youngpeoplelearnand practicevisualcommunicationskillsandskillsassociatedwith speciÞctechniques,e.g.digitalphotography. ¥ CivicEngagement.CivicEngagementistheprocess ofenablingyoungpeopletoinßuencedecision-makersand/or thepublic.Thefocusisonmakingchange.Theyexplorehow theythinkchangehappens,howtheyasagroupcaneȔect changeandthenpracticetheleadershipandcommunication skillsneededtoconveytheirmessage.Thisphasemayconsist ofashowoftheirwork,aprotest,apresentationmadeto atargetaudience,acelebrationoranyothermethodthat studentscanthinkoftospreadthewordabouttheirvision.

Corporacion Renovacion www.corporacionrenovacion.blogspot.com

Clickononeofourpartnersabove,toseealeaßetabouttheworktheydo.

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