A school in Kildare has been specifically chosen by the National Gallery of Ireland (NGI) as a candidate for a brand new educational initiative.
Youthreach Leixlip is one of three post-primary schools that will participate in the new educational initiative, Your Gallery at School, which is organized in association with Dublin-based aircraft leasing company SMBC Aviation Capital.
The other two post-primary schools that will participate will be Coláiste Mhichíl in Limerick and Ennistymon Vocational School in Clare.
The first phase of Your Gallery at School – for which the Gallery worked with three primary schools in Donegal, Dublin and Sligo – took place in the spring and summer of this year.
NGI describes it as follows: “Bringing art directly to schools across the country, this holistic outreach program marks the extension of the Gallery’s partnership with global aircraft rental company SMBC Aviation Capital. “
He added: “The gallery is committed to removing barriers that prevent engagement with art in Ireland, and therefore your gallery at school will engage with young people who typically cannot visit the gallery or who may encounter obstacles in accessing culture. “
NGI has also confirmed that it will be hosting two exclusive webinar workshops for all schools that have applied to participate in Your Gallery at School – a Creative Careers workshop for students and a Continuing Professional Development workshop for teachers.
Then, in the fall of 2021, the NGI will work with these three post-primary schools to create a tailor-made activity program, adapted to the age and grade level of the students.
Commenting on their new position in the initiative, Youthreach Leixlip said it “aims to empower our learners to achieve their full potential by delivering an educational program in a friendly, stimulating and supportive environment”.
Peter Barrett, CEO of SMBC Aviation Capital, also said of Your Gallery at School: “SMBC Aviation Capital is proud to support the National Gallery of Ireland in this innovative and important program, bringing Your Gallery at School to children who not be able to interact with the Gallery. “
“We look forward to seeing the positive impact this program will have on participants.”
More details can be found at nationalgallery.ie.