Pictured are local artists and members of Creative Places Ballyconnell Committee (Front left to right): Fiona Flynn, Rosie Cole, Taragh Donohoe, Karolina Kwiecien and Karina Charles Lynch, (Back left to right) Anita O Reilly, Lorraine Loughran, Heather Brett, Kim Doherty, Johnny Donohoe, Shelly Cole, Eimear Crowe, Monika Szczu and Moya Carroll. PHOTO: Jago Studios

Arts Council initiative in West Cavan aims

A new Arts Council initiative in West Cavan aims to bring colour and creativity to the Ballyconnell community. The local committee is working with Cavan Arts Office, artists, stakeholders, and funders to foster community engagement and a sense of place and belonging through creativity.

Artists will provide creative and fun experiences in the local schools, and a Creative Community Summer Arts Week is planned. Programme coordinator Heather Brett and researcher Kim Doherty have recently visited six local schools to hear students’ needs and wants.

Taragh Donohoe, Chair of Ballyconnell Community Centre and Creative Places Ballyconnell said, “As we get ready to reopen the community centre this autumn, we are thrilled to kick off with some really exciting workshops!”

Catriona O’Reilly, Cavan Arts Officer said “The opportunity for creativity in Ballyconnell is huge. Listening to the community’s needs and wants is key to supporting arts and creativity. I hope people get in touch with their ideas and dreams.”

Creative Places Ballyconnell is one of 17 towns funded by The Arts Council. It requires a research-based approach with feedback from local people on how arts and creativity can develop.

If you have ideas, want to volunteer, or set up a new group, contact Taragh on taragh.donohoe@gmail.com or 086 8263234, or Heather Brett on heatherbccp@gmail.com or 087 0534737.