In 2019, Age & Opportunity was part of a research project called the Creative Enquiry. The focus of the Creative Enquiry was to develop new information on what barriers might exist to older people participating in the arts and how excellence might be defined in relation to projects. The project comprised three artist-residencies and older-people-engagement projects hosted by three organisations: Cork Midsummer Festival; Music Alive and Sirius Arts Centre with the support of strategic partners Cork City and County Councils, Age & Opportunity and the HSE. The report was published and launched in 2020 and you can read it here.
We are delighted to announce that we are continuing to work with the consortium to disseminate and develop the key learning from that programme. This project aims to share that learning in ways that will engage three target groups: 1) arts practitioners, 2) arts organisations and 3) policy makers in the arts. The outputs will centre the voices of older people, including members from RASM communities, highlighting their achievements and their aspirations. It will invite the input of other workers in this area, both professional and voluntary. The process will be draw on recommendations of the National Arts & Creative Charter.
For more information contact Siobhan Clancy at Cork City Council .