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Louth County Council

County Louth has developed an alliance of cultural programmes that support and deliver community arts and health projects, events and opportunities.

These partners in arts and health development are the Arts Office of County Louth (Create Louth), An Táin Arts Centre, Creative Spark, Dundalk Youth Centre, Louth County Council Library Service, Droichead Arts Centre, and Music Generation Louth.

The aim of the alliance is to promote community based access to arts interventions that examine and enhance human experiences. Of particular interest is the delivery of arts and health services that reflect the integrity of locality as a cultural orientation. Interaction, socialisation, expression and achievement are all proposed outcomes of an arts and health agenda within a community context.

Partners in arts and health development in Louth acknowledge the importance of skilled and committed arts in health practitioners in the successful planning and delivery of relevant and rewarding interventions.

It is anticipated that collaboration amongst partners will produce innovative expressions of arts and health engagement.

Participants in the Examinations of Arts and Health Partnership

The Arts Office of County Louth (Create Louth)

The Arts Office of County Louth supports a strong arts and cultural sector as a vital part of community life. It is committed to developing arts services that strengthen and give voice to the stories and experiences of people throughout the county. Arts and health is an important means by which creativity and imagination can flourish. The arts are one of the primary shapers of all ideas of identity, and the Arts Office is committed to working with people of all abilities and backgrounds, and especially those who are disadvantaged in terms of access to the arts. Arts in health projects can increase personal self-confidence, empower marginalised groups and strengthen social cohesion.

An Táin Arts Centre

An Táin Arts Centre is composed of a theatre, performance studio, art gallery and offers a number of workshop spaces. It provides a diverse programme of local and national productions, visual arts exhibitions and a variety of arts courses and events. The local community is at the heart of An Táin Arts Centre, and an arts and health ethos is strongly supported and encouraged as an important aspect of its service delivery.

Creative Spark

Creative Spark is a community hub and cultural enterprise committed to the development of the creative sector in the North East region, both in terms of enterprise development and the use of creative practice to promote social engagement. Through community and good relations activities, arts projects are delivered to communities that help shape and communicate identity and expression.

Dundalk Youth Centre

The vision of the Dundalk Youth Centre is to create a supportive relational environment where young people are welcomed, valued and encouraged to express their identity through creativity and the arts. Imagination, originality and experimentation are features of their arts and health approach. Here young people experience the arts as creators, participants, audience members and critics.

Louth County Council Library Service

Operating through five branch libraries located in Dundalk, Drogheda, Ardee, Carlingford and Dunleer, a wide range of events and activities take place that help to promote arts and health within the community. The library provides an inclusive space for people to enhance their wellbeing through reading, storytelling, the arts, author visits, and community based learning. Louth County Libraries also offer a range of Bibliotherapy books, which support adults, children and families. These books can assist in developing self esteem, confidence, problem solving and coping skills.

Droichead Arts Centre

Droichead Arts Centre’s aim is to present, nurture and promote the arts within Drogheda and its surrounding area. Community involvement is central to this aim and we engage regularly with local organisations, schools and voluntary bodies. Many of these engagements are supportive of local health initiatives. Examples include our support for the Antidote initiative for World Mental Health Day and our First Fortnight programme of events designed to provoke a discussion regarding mental health issues.

Music Generation Louth

Music Generation Louth is part of a national framework for music education that promotes children and young people’s personal growth and self actualisation in music. It provides a far-reaching and diverse range of music education programmes county-wide, both in school and community contexts, aimed at enriching lives and widening access to music participation.


Literary Arts, Literature, Music, Photography, Theatre, Visual Art


Brian Harten

Pamela Whitaker


C/O Brian Harten
County Arts Officer
Arts Office
Louth County Council
Town Hall
Crowe Street
County Louth


Brian Harten  042-9392911

Pamela Whitaker 086-8250806


Brian Harten brian.harten@louthcoco.ie 

Pamela Whitaker info@groundswell.ie

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