Minister Catherine Martin T.D. announces €500,000 investment in the Creative Ireland Programme’s new Creativity in Older Age Programme. The Creativity in Older Age Programme has been designed to counteract the social side effects of the pandemic. It will begin immediately and will be rolled out over the next 18 months.
As part of this, Age & Opportunity will deliver a series of creative residencies in six care settings around the country. These creative residencies will last six months and will concentrate on dance, music and performance.
In 2019, we ran a number of residencies in care settings nationwide, made possible through funding provided by the Creative Ireland National Creativity Fund, HSE Lottery Funding, and the Arts Council. The 2019 Artist(s) in Residence in a Care Setting initiative took place in care settings in Clare, Donegal, Dublin, Kerry, Kildare and Sligo.
These six residencies were designed to bring the benefits of arts participation to up to 250 older people who either live in or visit care facilities and also positively impacted on over 500 people, when we include all those involved – residents, staff, families, artists, and the wider community.
Learn more about our Artist in Residence in a Care Setting initiative here.
Age & Opportunity gratefully acknowledges the support of our Arts programme funders, the Arts Council, the Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund, and the HSE.