glór is launching a new pilot programme, entitled glór Arts Schools Partnership, (GASP), funded by The Arts Council and Creative Ireland, to provide support for schools in County Clare to access arts performances at glór and partner with the venue over the coming year.
Following an application process, glór is delighted to have selected six primary schools and two post-primary schools in Clare to partner with it under this unique arrangement. Schools selected to take part in the programme include both town and county based primary and post-primary schools – Doolin National School; Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Cíosóg, Ennis; St. Patrick’s National School, O’Callaghan’s Mills; Knockanean National School; Lakyle National School, Whitegate; Scoil Chríost Rí, Ennis; St. Flannan’s College, Ennis and Scariff Community College.
GASP will aim to substantially increase engagement by students with arts events in glór by reducing some of the financial obstacles that may be a barrier for attending performances. Schools selected under the GASP programme will benefit as glór will offer subsidised tickets and bus journeys for its Primary and Post-Primary Schools Programme, which this year includes Barnstorm Theatre Company with Star Chasers by Scott Young, and later in the year a performance of the timeless tale of How to Catch a Star by Branar Téatar do Pháistí for primary schools, whilst there are some musical performances in the pipeline for post-primary schools.
‘Thanks to Arts Council and Creative Ireland funding, we are thrilled to be in a position to offer this incredible opportunity to a number of schools from across County Clare to enjoy a more engaged partnership with glór, and to enable children from their schools to see some superb performances at minimal cost. It is our hope that this pilot programme can be extended in the coming years to enable as many school children as possible to see great arts performances at glór.‘ Orla Flanagan, glór Director