Welcome to the Crescent Arts Outreach Blog. This is a creative space and network where we will share our new project ideas, practices and examples of community arts processes and outcomes delivered by our fantastic team of practitioners.
Please feel free to leave comments, we always welcome new ideas and feed back to develop our arts education tool box!
If you are interested in creating a project with us or joining our team and facilitating a project please email: email@example.com
Summer Art Work
Young people from ‘Friends Of The Grove Dance Group’ worked really hard creating this amazing work of art with the direction of artist Tim McCarthy! They did particularly well considering the numerous times they had to stop and re-start due to very bad weather conditions in July and August.
The once previous ugly steel container has now been totally transformed into a beautiful creation for everyone to enjoy who visits and works in the new community garden. It has a fully functioning tea/coffee making facility and acts as a super shelter from our summer weather.
Art facilitator Sheena Bleakney will be working with children from The Frank Gillen Centre, Divis, to bring a story of ‘bugs’ to life in a colourful stage performance! Sheena has been creating a wonderful story with the children using words and drawings to illustrate bug characters. These characters will have a very important message to convey to their audience about social diversity and bullying.
Venue : Crescent Arts Centre (Date and Time TBC so watch this space!) Here’s a sample of their work so far…..’A Bug’s Story’
Some bugs are short, some bugs are tall
some have got 8 legs, some none at all
some fat and round, a juicy snack for a cat
some long and lean and totally flat
some bugs are red, some in your bed
some in your soup or even in your head…
i like the bugs that have the boggly eyes
or the ones that glow in the dark, now thats a surprise!
i like the ones that are furry and crawl
and the ones that made Ms Muffet bawl and bawl
but there’s one little bug that had a hard time
for he wasn’t pretty, and the others were unkind
‘hey, you’ said the butterfly as she spread her wings
‘where are your colours? you plain little thing’
‘oi, you’ said the snail with his house on his back
‘you are very useless, a dwelling you lack’
‘meh’ said the ladybird, counting her spots
‘what do you do all day, if you can’t play dot to dot?’
the teasing went on for a day and a night
and the little woodlouse had lost all his fight
he felt all alone in a big bad world
so he scuttled off into a corner, around himself he curled.
and so the next day, the sun shone bright
out popped the caterpillars, the beetles and the bees took flight
each had a purpose, each had a tool
the woodlouse felt like a bit of a fool.
but the next thing that happened was totally crazy…..
We will be developing new and exciting elements to the Elderflowers weekly programme of activities, pushing the boundaries and enabling the ladies to develop new skills! Watch this space!
Start Date Time Venue
September 19th 10am-12pm Crescent Arts Centre
‘Generations Of Glamour’ recently completed it’s final session, see photo below! This was an intergenerational project between pupils from The Model School for Girls and a group of senior citizens creatively calling themselves ‘Silver Threads’. CAC Outreach worked in partnership with The Ulster Museum and Linking Generations to deliver the four month programme of arts activities which included dance, sewing, creative writing, public speaking, jewellery-making and flower-making. The project created opportunities for the two generations to have fun while learning new skills and showing respect for each other.
New CAC Book Club!
Following the success of Ten Community Book Clubs set up across areas of Belfast as part of Belfast Book Festival 2012, we are pleased to announce that Crescent’s Outreach is seeking interest from anyone who would like to join a new Book Club at The Crescent Arts Centre. This will be a FREE monthly event and is aimed at anyone over 18 and is for all levels of ability and is fully accessible. Please email Ann to register your interest: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Community Choir- ‘Sing For Life’.
This is a new and exciting community led project in partnership with Cancer Focus Northern Ireland. Anyone affected by cancer is welcome to join us for a song, chat and a cup of tea. You’ll have fun and learn new singing skills too! The choir is FREE.
Start Date Time Venue
Monday 17th September 6pm Crescent Arts Centre