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Supporting Networks and Best Practice

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What is it?

This initiative aims to support organisations and artists who work with older people and to promote best practice. Recently, we have been working with Dance Ireland and Dance Theatre of Ireland to support the development of a dance network for older people, culminating in The Floor is Yours! yearly networking events. Read more on our Artists’ Professional Development Training page.

We’ve also been working with Tipperary, Clare and Roscommon arts offices to deliver ‘Speed meeting for slow art’ – creative networking for artists and organisations who work with older people. This initiative aims to match artists and arts organisations wishing to work with older people through a meet, greet and exchange initiative. Read more here. If you would like to bring this initiative to your county, please get in touch.

In order to foster connection between industry and audience, we have launched our year-round Arts Events Listings service on our Bealtaine website. Read more here.

How does it work?

Typically we work with an industry partner with a shared interest in prioritising the engagement of older people, while raising the standards of practice in that area. We also invite submissions to our online listings for any event that might be of interest to our audience.

How can I get involved?

This initiative is in varying stages of development and we hope to work with different artforms at different times. We are also keen to hear from you if you have identified a need in relation to supporting networks and best practice (contact below). To keep updated on our progress, sign up to our newsletter at the link in the footer. 

Contact

For information or support, speak to our Arts team.
 01 805 7713
 arts@ageandopportunity.ie

ORGANISATION & ART PRACTICE DEVELOPMENT : To support and inform arts organisations who work with or wish to work with older people and to raise the standard of arts practice more generally in the area of the arts and older people.

Arts Initiatives:

Bealtaine Festival

A month long collaborative festival in May featuring performances, exhibitions, discussions, workshops and readings by artists working in different art forms all over Ireland. Find out more here.

Cultural Companions

Works with the local authorities to create local networks of like-minded people interested in arts and culture who can accompany each other to cultural events. Find out more.

Arts Events Listings

A national arts listings advertising age-friendly events that take place throughout the year (apart from May). Find out more here.

National Arts in Nursing Homes Day

A day that celebrates the creative activity taking place in Irish care settings. Find out more.

Artists' Supports

Age & Opportunity runs a number of initiatives that support artists. Find out more.

Supports for Arts Organisations

Age & Opportunity supports arts organisations through a number of initiatives. Find out more here.

Supports for Care Settings

We have a range of creative supports for care settings. Find out more.

Arts Resources

We have a variety of resources available here.

Arts Initiatives:

Bealtaine Festival

A month long festival in May featuring performances, exhibitions, discussions, workshops and readings by artists, and community groups, working in different art forms all over Ireland. Find out more here.

Cultural Companions

Creates local networks of like-minded people interested in arts and culture who can accompany each other to cultural events. Find out more.

Arts Events Listings

A national arts listings advertising age-friendly events that take place throughout the year (apart from May). Find out more here.

National Arts in Nursing Homes Day

A day that celebrates the creative activity taking place in Irish care settings. Find out more.

Artists' Supports

Age & Opportunity runs a number of initiatives that support artists. Find out more.

Supports for Arts Organisations

Age & Opportunity supports arts organisations through a number of initiatives. Find out more here.

Supports for Care Settings

We have a range of creative supports for care settings. Find out more.

Arts Resources

We have a variety of Arts Resources available here.

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:

  • happiness
  • mental wellbeing
  • reduced stress
  • improved cognition
  • sense of identity and personhood
  • increased self-esteem and confidence
  • reduced boredom.

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