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A number of publicly funded programmes and projects, outlined below, aim to counter obstacles to young people's access to culture:
Young at Art, a leading arts provider for children and young people aged between zero and 18 years of age, which is part-funded by Arts Council NI, the Education Authority and Belfast City Council. The organisation brings professional artists to work in schools, playgroups and youth groups, so encouraging accessibility to the arts and hosts the annual Belfast Children's Festival, which includes events both inside and outside of school.
Wheel works, an organisation which receives some funding from the Arts Council NI and works with children and young people aged 4-25 who may not otherwise have access to high quality artistic activity. Taster workshops and issue based programmes are provided for young people to learn new skills and express themselves through traditional and digital art.
New Lodge Arts, which is part-funded (amongst others) by Arts Council NI, the Executive Office (formerly, Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister), the Department of Foreign Affairs and Belfast City Council, provides opportunities for children and young people to actively engage with and participate in a wide range of art forms that they would not otherwise be exposed to.
YouthAction - Youth Arts unit, a membership charity which provides training, classes, performances, outreach programmes and theatre opportunities for young people from disadvantaged or excluded groups without access to traditional theatre opportunities.
The Arts and Disability Forum, which develops and promotes disabled and deaf artists and receives funding from Arts Council NI and Belfast City Council (note that the forum is not specific to young people).
Initiatives and programmes informing young people of opportunities to access cultural environments include the following:
Belfast Children's Festival, aimed at young people under the age of 18, which includes a range of events taking place both inside and outside of schools; the festival's principal funders include Arts Council NI and the Education Authority.
Creativity Month, which is organised by the Department for Communities, celebrates creativity and the creative industries through hundreds of different events (note that this initiative is not specific to young people).
Programmes and initiatives aimed at supporting young people's discovery and appreciation of the cultural and artistic heritage of Northern Ireland include the following:
- Líofa works to increase the number of fluent Irish speakers by supporting learners of all ages (note that Líofa does not work specifically with young people).
- the Troubles archive is a collection of art works produced by artists who lived through the Troubles in Northern Ireland (note that the project is not specific to young people).
- An Gaerlaras promotes Irish culture and language through festivals and events, music and dance opportunities and language lessons (note that these initiatives are not specific to young people).
- the Bready and District Ulster-Scots Development Association promotes an interest in the culture and heritage of the Bready area by providing support to a number of pipe, highland dancing and cultural groups (note that organisation is not specific to young people).