New pilot scheme will help Kerry youth get creative

Simon Brouder

The Kerry Education and Training Board have announced details of a new for a Creative Youth Partnership pilot programme aimed at helping young people engage with and get involved in the arts.

Kerry ETB along with its local partner Kerry County Council's Arts Office say they will build on the links and resources that currently exist between state, professional, community and voluntary organisations to develop effective and well thought opportunities for young people across Kerry get creative. 

The 'Creative Kingdom Youth Partnership' will focus on three locations for the roll out of creative initiatives in 2019. These will be Tralee; Listowel and the Cahersiveen and the Iveragh Peninsula region. In developing the programme its creators travelled around Kerry to ask young people in these areas what would help them get involved in the arts. Based on their feedback new initiatives will be launched to get young people - from the early learning stage right through to adolescence - involved in visual arts; literary arts; performing arts including youth theatre and dance; music and film.

Funding for the pilot programme was announced last Thursday by Eduction Minister Joe McHugh and Culture Minister Josepha Madigan.

"This funding will enable greater focus on youth creativity. Kerry County Council will work closely with Kerry Education and Training Board to deliver a successful pilot," said Kerry County Council Arts Officer Kate Kennelly.

"Both agencies are committed to supporting creativity for young people and to increasing opportunities across Kerry for young people to participate in creativity," Ms Kennelly said. Colm McEvoy, CEO Kerry ETB, stated that he was "delighted" with the announcement that Kerry ETB was successful in the application.