A healing arts project for at-risk youth
Art reflects the society in which we live and addresses relevant issues in an attempt to mediate and challenge public values. In order to facilitate this, we build sites that publicly represent the beliefs about the order of the world and the individuals’ place in it – the most costly of these is the public art museum where we lead people through our constructs of a cultural universe. However, in order to reach the public that do not attend these institutions it is becoming necessary to find new ways of engaging people in dialogue about art within their own environments.
An arts project entitled Cuimhne an tSaoil (Life Memory) saw students, patients and staff create a permanent art exhibition at Clonakilty Community Hospital earlier this year.
Youth and the Sri Lanka Tsunami
Youth confronted with a natural disaster benefit from participating in a hands on arts activity as evidenced in post tsunami Sri Lanka.