HUNDREDS of students from across County Limerick will tap into their creative side over the coming months when they take part in the Limerick County Arts Office 17th annual Artist in School Residency Programme.
Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, Jerome Scanlan joined participating artists and students from some of the eight participating primary schools for the official launch of the scheme at Limerick County Hall.
The scheme is run locally by the Arts Office, with support from the Arts Council and Limerick County Council, and has involved 120 Limerick schools since its inception in 1997. “I am sure that these residencies will not only benefit the children but also will give ideas to the teachers and bring a new energy into the normal school day,” said Cathaoirleach Scanlan. “I know from my own time at school and even from my experience as an adult, that it’s often what one learns informally that has a big impact on one’s life. Any programme or project that helps to build and stretch children’s imagination and creativity is worthwhile in helping to build children’s esteem, confidence and helps to make a more rounded individual.”
The participating schools are located throughout Limerick and include Glengurt NS, Tournafulla; Scoil Íosacáin, Hospital; Caherline NS, Caherconlish; Kilteely NS; Garrydoolis NS, Pallasgreen; Bohermore NS, Ballysimon; Scoil Mocheallog, Kilmallock; and Cloverfield National School, Dromkeen.
The seven local artists who will individually spend nine weeks with the schools are Nyle Wolfe, Rose Hanley, Fiona Linnane, Fiona Quinn, Finbar O’Hara, Michelle Pando-Kelly and Micheal Rowsome. Over the course of the programme students will explore areas incluing drama.