What is the Access?
We are working to ensure that our events and initiatives, as well as that of others, are as accessible as possible. We’re interpreting access in this respect to concern the communication, physical and support services required by anyone encountering the arts.
How does it work?
Our Arts team & Disability Ireland are working together with venues around Ireland to scope out the training and information needs in relation to access for older people to arts venues.
How can I get involved?
This initiative is part of Age & Opportunity’s arts audience development work, and is geared towards organisations who are working to increase access in the arts in Ireland. If you would like to keep updated on this work, subscribe to our newsletter.
AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT: This strand is intended to encourage and facilitate more older people to participate in the arts, and to enhance the experience of audiences.
We believe that, whether you are 8 or 80 years old, we all should have access and opportunities to attend and participate in the arts and to realise our creative potential. Fresh thinking, bold experimentation and creativity are all fundamental to delivering a high quality of life for older people.
Research shows that arts programmes involving music, visual arts and drama, among other activities, have a profound influence on the quality of life of older people, with positive impacts on health, psychological well-being, confidence and autonomy as well as other benefits such as:
- mental wellbeing
- reduced stress
- improved cognition
- sense of identity and personhood
- increased self-esteem and confidence
- reduced boredom.