What is Ready Steady Circus! ?
Ready Steady Circus! was founded by the Galway Community Circus and is a ten-week Galway based programme that uses circus arts as an alternative method of education for students in DEIS primary schools. The project aims to use a circus arts model to stimulate student and teacher learning whilst also promoting key life skills. The workshops are centred around five key circus skills and monitor student self-esteem, autonomy and communication throughout the ten-week period. These skills have benefits that are transferable across all aspects of life such as building resilience, mutual aid, confidence, teamwork and improved physical health.
Tell us a little about yourself and what motivates you to see your project succeed?
Ulla’s love for circus arts developed at an early age in Finland where Ulla trained in circus arts throughout her childhood. Graduating from University of Tampere in 2005 with a degree in Sociology,Ulla has dedicated her career to working in the realm of Circus Arts. She has been integral to the shaping Galway Community Circus’ reputation as the leading youth and social circus organisation in Ireland and as one of the most innovative and progressive arts organisations in Galway City. Ulla is passionate about the transformative power of circus arts and has been an integral figure to the promotion of circus as a tool for personal, social and community development in Ireland and internationally.
What will Engage and Educate Award do for your project?
This funding is a tremendous boost for Galway Community Circus and will have far-reaching positive ramifications throughout the entire organisation.
The funding will allow us to deliver circus arts education programmes to five DEIS schools, both within the local Galway area and beyond, increasing the numbers of participants throughout Ireland who have benefited from the Ready, Steady Circus! programme. It will enable our organisation to develop long-term partnerships with both local and national schools, helping us to encourage teachers and students to look at curriculum-based learning in exciting and innovative ways.
Furthermore, the funding will allow us to build our capacity to advance the artistic, personal and social development of young people through circus arts education. The non-financial aspect of support generated through the funding will allow Galway Community Circus to develop our social innovation and business models. This will ensure that GCC is in an enhanced position to deliver our programmes locally and nationally throughout Ireland both now and in the future.