As the arts continue to be affected by the pandemic TYAI wishes to extend an invitation to members, new and old, to zoom in in early November 2020 for a chat with Forrina Chen from ASK in China for updates on global practice and to keep us all connected!
We commend the artists, festivals and organisations who continue to bring experiences to young audiences whether in person to reduced capacity or online.
Keep an eye on the Arts Council website (www.artscouncil.ie) for deadlines regarding new funding schemes - Capacity Building for organisations and Professional Development for individuals.
We continue to collaborate, converse and support each other as a community through these strange and difficult times.
After consultation with colleagues in the sector, we at TYAI continue to raise our voice in terms of protecting the future of theatre for young audiences for the artists, companies, venues and audiences who will be affected longterm by the disruption caused by the pandemic. Read the attached statement! our_statement_-_theatre_for_young_audiences_ireland.pdf
FROM THE ARTS COUNCIL OF IRELAND : (published in a newsletter on Friday 03 April 2020)
ALSO: The TYAI committee would like to connect with our members. Next Wednesday 8th we will host a virtual informal members catch-up to see how everyone is getting on.. If you would like us to meet with us 12pm - 1pm, please reply to this email and let us know. Once we’ve figured out the best online platform, we’ll pass a link on to those interested. Thanks for reading! Stay safe, TYAI Committee
Resources and Online Events | April 2020
A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMITTEE March 2020:
Dear Members, We are all reeling from the impact of recent cancellation of events, closure of schools and universities due to COVID-19 and all of the uncertainty that it brings. TYAI is writing to our members in an effort to support artists and organisations in any way we can. With so many cancellations, lost earnings and uncertainty about the future, it's a vulnerable time for all of us. Presenters are having to take tough decisions and these can be difficult to deal with alone. We are all in this together and that's ultimately how we'll get through it. As a community we can support each other through remote connection, empathy and compassion to get us through the coming weeks and months. Digital media is our friend in these trying times so let’s use it to stay connected, share art, humour and compassion. We are so much stronger together as a community. Let's take care of ourselves and look out for each other so we're rested and ready for the challenge when this passes. There are already clever innovations emerging from the TYA sector in Ireland through this crisis. For example, Branar are sharing videos of their shows – they have begun a facebook campaign where the public can vote to decide which will be screened first. Thomas Johnson, Ceol Connected is going to broadcast online sessions/workshops beginning this Monday. Both companies are using their social media to promote these initiatives and using this unprecedented situation as an opportunity to serve current audiences and hopefully they will reach new audiences too. The Civic have also launched an Artist Emergency Relief Fund for those artists who have lost income as a result of COVID-19, see more details here: https://www.civictheatre.ie/blog/civic-news/artist-emergency-relief-fund/ The National Campaign for the Arts NCFA may also be able to help provide us with a united focus through our recovery. And they have a social media campaign encouraging audiences to support artists through the crisis.
Please contact TYAI Committee via email@example.com if you have particular concerns. We’re a small voluntary group who may not have the answers but we will do our best to support you and find the answers you need. Take care and mind yourselves and each other, TYAI Committee