The Balor Developmental Community Arts Group has secured funding under the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) phase II of the Peace III Action plan. With this financing it will deliver an in-schools drama project throughout Donegal.
This will be an ‘Arts in-School’ project managed by the Balor DCA. The project will explore positive cross community working relationships in a safe environment. The programme of work is designed to bring together primary school children from diverse backgrounds.
The Balor DCA is delighted to have Catie Bradley as the Project Officer for the duration of the project. It will be a challenging role but she is looking forward to developing ideas and creating new work. When asked about the project, Catie said; “Our primary objective is to bring together two groups of children from different backgrounds, (race, religion and ethnic background) to work in a safe and warm environment. Two primary classes from different schools will meet; these groups will come together in a suitable location and work with each other on developing a new piece of ‘issue’ based theatre. This will then be performed for their peers. The number of participants will average between 60-70 young people depending on the availability from the individual schools. Both groups will be from areas close to the border with substantial cross community, ethnic minority populations.
“We will also provide a ‘facilitator training’ aspect to the project that will take place over the summer months. This training will be provided free and its participants will be made up of teachers, third level students and trainee facilitators, for more information contact me at our offices on (074) 9130424.”
This project is supported by Peace III Programme managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by Donegal County Council.
Facilitate Creative Engagement
The Balor DCA’s mission statement is to “facilitate creative engagement in the arts, as means for community educational development”. In the last 12 months the Balor DCA has delivered projects to over 5,200 participants; some of these projects are listed below:
‘Shared Past Shared Future’ - Border Youth Summer Camp – Caroline Bell, Project Manager
In four years over 160 young people have participated in the IFI Border Youth Summer Camp. This is a programme of work delivered in partnership with the Alley Arts Centre, Strabane. They will be holding auditions in June so if you are between the ages of 13-17 and would like to take part in our summer camp contact the Balor DCA on (074) 9130424
With the support of IFI the partners have created three drama productions examining contentious subject matter in our shared past. The productions have been viewed by over 1,000 people including pupils and teachers in post primary schools as well as community groups.
Drama in Action – Stephen Slowey, Education Officer
The ‘Drama in Action’ Programme is delivered in primary schools throughout Donegal with a focus on the Finn Valley area. The project is curriculum based, with a blend of Drama and Education.
Balor Youth Theatre, Caroline Bell - Projects Manager
This year the Balor Youth theatre is bigger than ever. We will have four classes showcasing their talent later in the year; these performances will take place in the Balor Arts Centre June 16.
The aim of ALCO-Y’s is to develop a dynamic programme in primary schools across the Finn Valley area, using the Arts as a creative, engaging tool in the classroom.
All this work would not be possible without support from our local community, county councillors and their various funders. The DCA would like to acknowledge support from the International Fund for Ireland, Donegal County Arts Officer Traolach O’Fionnain, Donegal County Council the Arts Council, Special EU Programmes Body and the HSE.
They are delighted to be given the opportunity to expand our work with the ‘2gether as 1 project’.
For any further information on any of the projects please contact - Andrew McNulty Co-ordinator, Balor DCA, Balor Arts Centre, (074) 9130424. For more details online check out the Balor Arts Centre website at www.balorartscentre.com or their facebook page at http://facebook.com/balor.dca