In the context of the Arts Council's strategy of seeking to increase public engagement and participation with the arts, a number of specific schemes and initiatives have been established for the particular support of those working in arts participation.
The Artist in the Community Scheme, managed by Create, the development agency in Ireland for the participative arts, offers opportunities for artists and communities to work together.
Currently, the Arts Education Research Group in Trinity College Dublin, in partnership with the Arts Council and Create, are seeking an experienced candidate to undertake a literature review of Evaluation of Participative and Collaborative Arts in Social and Community Contexts. The literature review will provide a comprehensive overview of documents that describe methodologies and practices in the evaluation of participatory and collaborative arts in social and community contexts. The deadline is Friday October 5. For further details see: http://www.tcd.ie/Education/research/groups/arts/Literature-Review.pdf
The Visual Artists in Prisons Scheme, managed jointly by the Irish Prison Service through its Education Department and the Arts Council, offers opportunities for artists, art teachers and art students in the prison communities to work together.
The Writers in Prisons Scheme, managed jointly by the Irish Prison Service through its Education Department and the Arts Council, offers opportunities writers, librarians and writing students in the prison communities to work together.
The Arts Council also recognises the additional barriers which artists who have disabilities may face. While such artists are, of course, eligible to apply for funding though our other funding streams, a scheme is in place specifically for artists with disabilities. The Arts and Disability Awards Ireland, managed by the Arts and Disability Forum, Belfast, on behalf of the two Arts Councils on the island of Ireland offers bursaries to individual artists.