New: Arts and Creative Charter for Older People

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The Arts and Creative Charter for Older People is a set of eight commitments to older arts participants, audiences and artists in Ireland. It aims to increase and enrich their experience of and confidence in arts organisations in Ireland. The Charter was developed over three years as an alignment and collaboration between arts policymakers, practitioners and the public.

It’s an initiative led by Age & Opportunity, the leading national development organisation which is working to enable the best possible quality of life for us all as we age.

An Grianán is one of seven arts organisations that are taking part in a pilot programme in 2023/24 ahead of a planned rollout to organisations nationwide.

How does it work?

By setting out eight commitments in relation to older people to encourage arts organisations to consider accessibility, participation, dialogue, communication, diversity, policy and programming with and for older people.

  1. We welcome older people.
  2. We eliminate barriers to older people’s participation in and enjoyment of our activities and aim to ensure that our buildings, online activities, programming, communications and information are as accessible as possible to the broadest range of older people.
  3. We seek the active participation and feedback of older people in relation to all that we do.
  4. We reject ageist language and commit to communicating clearly and openly with and about older people.
  5. We create and support opportunities for diverse communities to collaborate and create together in all aspects of our work.
  6. We invest in older people’s creativity and involvement.
  7. We foreground the participation and value of older people in our communications.
  8. We ensure that all our employment, commissioning, funding, volunteering, learning and collaboration opportunities are fair and inclusive of older people.

See here for more information on the background to The Charter.

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