Last Saturday, 12th June, was the annual National Day of Creative Activity for Young People led by Creative Ireland and programmed locally by Galway City Council. The theme chosen this year was Climate Change and many of the local events and activities looked to engage children and young people to creatively engage with the topic. Galway City Council, with the support of Youth Work Ireland Galway, worked with many local organisations, community groups and youth projects to deliver an exciting free programme for Cruinniú na nÓg 2021.
At the launch in Galway City Museum, Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Colette Connolly called on children and young people to get creative in support of their wellbeing and they answered her call. There was something for all ages from the young to activities that families could enjoy together. The day kicked off at 9.30am with a magical storytelling session from ‘Pat the Hat’ and Galway Community Circus released 15 minutes classes throughout the day. Merlin Woods was the venue for a series of workshops for teens that included a guided walk to learn about the biodiversity in the woods, outdoor mediation, ending with botanical art. The much-loved Paintclub returned for a second year to present a painting class for all the family featuring the River Corrib titled ‘Bee the Change’ and yes you guessed it, there were bees! The young musicians of the Irish Youth Music Awards Galway Hub presented their original tunes in Éalú: Escape a live digital concert at 6pm. Lapree Lala of Southside Moves delivered an Afrodance Class to round off the day.
We were delighted to have RTE visit us with interviews with Tirellan National School, some of the young musicians and the workshop in Merlin Woods. This was broadcasted on the Six One News on Saturday 12th.
While many of the free events took place on Saturday 12th of June four other projects took place during the lead up to the National Day of Creative Activity for Young People, highlighting the results on the day itself and in an exhibition in the Eyre Square Shopping Centre. Galway City Museum worked with City schools to ‘Imagine a Better World’. Students were invited to propose solutions to climate change through drawing, painting or model making. Galway Public Library engaged 5 poets to work with local primary pupils to facilitate a ‘A Wall of Words’ on the topic of climate change. SAUTI Youth Project worked with older students and local artistic director Ríonach Ní Néill to look at how to use your creative voice on the topic of climate action. Youth Work Ireland Westside engaged young people in ‘Sew Stylish’ looking at fashion, ethical and sustainable style options and sewing a tote bag from recycled materials.
Check out the Creative Ireland Galway City Facebook page for photos and links and please visit our exhibition in the Eyre Square Shopping Centre.