3 February 2014back

Creative Internships Blog Week 14

Roisin Daley, Young At Art

The past month has been a whirlwind at Young at Art. Just as Christmas came and went, the office has been particularly busy in terms of writing funding applications, as deadlines have been looming just around the corner..!

In the past few months, I’ve found myself becoming a lot more confident and efficient in writing applications; compared to the beginning, when I felt a tad unsure in myself. It has been great to have been working with such a wide variety of different funders, especially under the guidance of my manager, Ali, who has been on hand to offer me advice in how to communicate more effectively, to clearly get my message across. Throughout the programme, I’ve also been experiencing many new challenges along the way, such as telephone assessments with funders, and recently, I was very pleased to hear that my first funding application I had sent has been successful! Hearing this news really boosted my confidence in my fundraising skills, and I am so pleased as I know it will make a big impact on the Belfast Children’s Festival for 2015.

I’ve really enjoyed working on so many different applications for lots of exciting new projects, and recently I have also been working on sponsorships with local businesses. This has been great in giving me insight into how both the arts and local businesses can benefit from mutual collaboration, and I’ve also been paying the lovely staff in Arts & Business NI a visit to talk about their matched funding scheme, where they gave me some really helpful feedback and advice. As well as sponsorship and fundraising, I’ve also been gaining experience with the Belfast Children’s Festival http://www.belfastchildrensfestival.com/ which runs from 7- 14th March through helping out with promotion, and social media, to create content which is engaging and fun, and I’ve also been undertaking training in our box office ticketing system.

Only yesterday, we had the launch of the festival in a local shopping centre, and we invited over a Spanish artist, who gave surreal hairstyles to members of the audience, including the Belfast mayor! It was a huge success and so much fun, and a definite highlight so far. Every day in Young at Art is different, and it’s great to be learning so many new skills along the way.

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