We hear a lot these days about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and how important it is in all our lives but Drogheda woman Kelly Kierans (pictured above) is a keen advocate for STEAM which adds Arts as a vital part the mix.
Kelly is really passionate about the important role that arts and entertainment can and should have in our lives and for the betterment of society as a whole.
So, after years of study and work experience in Ireland and abroad, she has formed GingerNut Arts, a not for profit organisation which aims to use informal arts to help people deal with social issues such as equality, mental health and wellbeing for everyone.
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Kelly hopes that, with the assistance of the Barbican Centre where she is currently volunteering, this will lead to the establishment of a community arts space which will eventually result in a not for profit accessible creative hub which can facilitate youth exchanges, a media lab and outreach programmes.
“'GingerNut Arts promotes equality through arts for all” Kelly told Drogheda Life.
“We’ll be addressing social issues that are impacting on communities with the emphasis on youth arts in education, inclusivity, diversity, mental health and wellbeing through workshops, school programmes and outreach projects.”
“It has been a passion project of mine for the last nine years” she revealed. “I trained and studied extremely hard to gain experience and qualifications Community, Youth and performance Arts and media, Social inclusion, Diversity, as well as facilitating bespoke programmes for Anti-Bullying, LGBTQ+, Employment and Education for young people.
“I trained with Youth Theatre Ireland as a Drama Facilitator and the National Youth Council of Ireland and NUI Maynooth and graduated as a Youth Arts Practitioner, The Irish Film Academy and The Gaiety School of Acting to name a few. I also travelled around Europe on Erasmus+ gaining my Youth Passes in Social inclusivity, diversity, Anti-Racism and equality.
“I am currently collaborating on a voluntary basis with Deputy Mayor and Councillor Declan Power on creating a community arts space where we aim to have accessibility for all community groups and organisations”.
Kelly had intended to launch this project early last year but the Covid – 19 pandemic put paid to those plans. She says however, that the past 18 months has brought mental health and wellbeing even more into focus for everyone.
“This is why I’m starting the GingerNut Arts project off with a series of workshops called “Improv to Improve” which will assist with Social Anxiety, public speaking, confidence and personal development through storytelling, comedy, acting, improv and, most importantly, FUN!” Kelly said.
“I am really excited about the potential of this project and I hope to be announcing a series of children’s workshops very soon” she added.
'Improv to Improve' begins on September 28th and Kelly is asking anyone interested in reserving a space or finding out more about the programme to contact her via WhatsApp on 086 8449 306 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
You might also like her new Facebook Page.
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