The Artist in the Community scheme provides funding to enable artists and communities to work together on projects of interest to the local area.
The scheme is open to artists from any of the following artform disciplines: architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature (Irish and English language), music, opera, theatre, visual arts and traditional arts. The projects can take place in a diverse range of social and community contexts and would be suitable to working with youth orchestras.
The aim of the scheme is to encourage meaningful collaboration between communities of place and/or interest and artists. It is essential that consultation take place between the artist and the community group, so that both parties are involved in deciding on the nature of the project realisation. Group ownership of the art should be maintained at every stage. The Project Realisation may result in a variety of outcomes.
The Artist in the Community Scheme is managed by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts. There are two phases to the Scheme: Research and Development, and Project Realisation.
Project Realisation, is open to communities of interest or place (or their representative organisations), planning a project with an artist of between 6 weeks and 5 months duration with a maximum award of €5000, or between 6 months and 9 months with a maximum award of €10,000.
More info on the scheme and how to apply for it can be found here.