Through ‘Engage the City’, Dublin’s Culture Connects has gathered a group of artists and practitioners who will work together within communities to test new and creative ways of working and put them into practice with Dublin-based neighbourhood groups.
We want to capture the experience of what Dublin is and what it could be; to take the temperature of how Dubliners are feeling; and to connect with people through cultural ideas.
In 2016 Dublin’s Culture Connects piloted a series of creative partnerships between Dublin City, it’s people, artists, National Cultural Institutions, Public Libraries and the City Arts Office. 8 Dublin City Council cultural partners and 8 National Cultural Institutions worked with 60 community groups on 32 cultural projects supported by 50 artists on projects across 22 Dublin villages. Each of these programmes began with outreach and engagement within the community, where the collective interests of Dubliners were gathered through hundreds of workshops. These collective interests then informed the themes of cultural projects taking place across the city.
In 2017, we hope to enhance our engagement with Dubliners in lots of different ways, including asking artists and makers to propose ways of talking with, listening to and learning from those living, working and visiting here. Just watch this space as we keep you updated on some of the exciting projects and workshops that we will be working on in the next few months…