When people feel connected to their communities they feel safer and stronger and are healthier.
It is a city-wide project, funded by the local authority, whose projects have a fundamental commitment to equity and engagement.
It rarely creates intitiaves specifically for people with alzheimers or their carers. Instead it sees them people with healh conditions as citizens, and therefore they have a human right to be involved in all and any of its programmes if they so wish.
They offer a road map for sustainable and healthier connected communities achieved through the co-creation of cultural offer.
A city council initiative, it grew a bid to become a European City of Culture. The approach to developing the bid, which sought information from all citizens using creative means, convinced the city leaders to sustain the project further.
Incorporated in 2018 it now manages several projects, some programme and a few premises. It collaborates with people, communities, cultural organisations, business and Dublin City Council to embed cultural experiences and increase culture participation through out the local authority area.
Dublin City Council Culture Company have five goals:
Engage, Experiment, Learn, Share, Embed
Working “with, through and for people in Dublin” they are a values led organisation built around Participation, Partnership, Relevance, Capacity-Building and Quality.
They put people at the centre of culture. Collaborating with people, communities, cultural organisations, businesses and Dublin City Council to increase cultural participation and embed cultural experiences into the lives of all who call Dublin home.
They connect people and communities through culture and conversation. Cultural experiences and participation has been shown to have a positive impact on health and wellbeing, social relationships, belonging, community cohesion and pride of place. DCCC are an example of how to connect existing resources in innovative ways, and beginning to reveal what happens when you do.
Their ambition is to listen, explore and learn about what’s important to the people of Dublin. Through Tea & Chats and our other conversation based programmes, such as Your Tenement Memories and Our City Our Books, they have year-round conversations with groups of people across the city about their thoughts and ideas on the city and culture.
These conversations are the foundation of their work. This ongoing consultation process informs the development of cultural programmes and projects, guides their work and ensures that the people of Dublin remain at the centre of all that they do.
They constantly record their work and methods to evaluate outcomes and inform future work. When they make a project they try to document it in the most appropriate way so that they can share learnings. Sometimes this results in videos, reports, case studies or even pictures.
These are collated on their website and social media, as they may be interesting or useful for other organisations, community groups, and artists. These resources range from systemic approaches to information gathering like the Dublin Cultural Audit and Map, or tips on fundraising, to documentation of inspiring projects.
The Cultural Audit and Map is significant in that it adds to Dublin City Council’s knowledge base. It is informing decisions by the city council departments, planners and strategists. Therefore real time engagement of people in the conversational projects impact the longer term strategy, planning and development programmes.
This intelligence project is also a public resource, a website called Culture Near You, that makes the city’s cultural buildings, organisations and networks easier to find and connect with.
The Cultural Map and Audit works within the existing mapping and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) of Dublin City Council. It was developed using a ‘cultural mapping’ process and the public are invited to add to and update this data via Culture Near You.
Dublin City Council Culture Company are committed to take the ideas of artists and creative beyond the cultural spaces. To date projects have taken place in hospitals, residential care, schools, community centres and also in academies for training the legal profession, in sports and wellbeing centres. Bringing creative minds into these areas is facilitating a re-imagining of what the culture of the city can become. This is an inclusive re-imagining. The impact of stigma is reduced because of it. The opportunity to build connection and networks improved. The possibility of building a city that is better informed about the needs of its citizens, whether they are in health or illness, is dramatically improved.
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