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Crawford Open Day

SUPPORTING THE POWER OF THE ARTS IN THE HEART OF CORK CITY

It would be hard not to have noticed the regeneration of one of Cork’s most eye catching buildings at the intersection of Grand Parade and South Mall. This gleaming and elegant building is now home to an exciting new Department dedicated to advancing the transformative power of the Arts.

While a new configuration, the Department is rooted in the arts’ history of the Crawford College of Art and Design and the innovation of CIT. It offers the only generic professional training in Art Therapy in the Republic, as well as a Professional Master of Education for Post Primary teachers specialising in Art and Design (run jointly with UCC). Other courses include certificates in Arts in Group Facilitation and Creativity and Change, a range of Art Therapy short courses and a portfolio course.

Louise Foott, Head of Department, says ‘The arts enable us to reconnect with our vitality and our potential. Sharing creativity ignites empathy, embraces diversity and fuels impassioned learning’. The Department offers cutting edge education for those who want to harness and facilitate this empowerment, from the intimacy of the therapeutic relationship to the potential of the arts in community and educational settings. Louise explained how the Department is already fruitfully embedded in the community locally and nationally and how it is forging innovative links across Europe and as far afield as South Africa, the USA and Singapore. ‘Within the Department we aim to model, explore and provide training in expressive ways of knowing – from arts pedagogy, to arts based facilitation to Art Therapy. Our connections with the local, national and international communities enrich and enliven our Department, and we believe that what we offer engenders empowerment in both our students and the lives of those they touch.’

So, if you are an art practitioner interested in working in a health, education or community context, if you are a professional already working in this area and wish to develop your creative skills further personally and professionally, if you are an educator in the formal or informal sector and are looking for fresh ways to inspire learners, or if you are an individual interested in exploring creativity in a group setting come and meet the staff and students of The Department of Arts in Health & Education. The Department is hosting an open day on February 23rd, 1.30-4.30pm, at 46 Grand Parade.

You can find out more by contacting Louise Foott or accessing the Department’s website www.artincontext.eu.

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