26 and 27 January
The Hunt Museum will soon host the ‘Big Ideas Bootcamp’ which will bring together persons interested in community engagement, enabling them to reflect on their own practice and to collectively confront shared issues. A two day event for anyone interested in community engagement, generating ideas and taking action. It will be free of charge in order to encourage diverse participation and attendance.
The camp is part of the museum’s Communities of Culture programme, which is funded by Limerick Regeneration Agencies. It highlights the unique cultural experiences and heritages of each of Limerick’s regeneration areas – Southill, Ballinacurra Weston, Moyross and St. Mary’s Park, by supporting local groups to express their unique stories and contributions to Limerick’s cultural landscape.
‘Big Ideas Bootcamp’ will offer a broad spectrum of activities such as action-oriented workshops, exercises designed to challenge participants and a special Night at the Museum which will include the launch of the Communities of Culture 2015/16 Report and a networking event. This will be a conference with a difference: tough, fun, interactive, and ACTION-oriented.
The camp will bring together expertise and experience in order to generate new ideas on how those working in community engagement can push their professional practices to be more authentic and collaborative.
The programme will pivot around the central theme, new ideas in community engagement, with a specific focus on process. The camp will be a space for people to debate, collaborate and have exchanges.
Throughout the event there will be practical exercises on questions such as: How are people overcoming the barriers and ethical problems that have always plagued community engagement? How do we negotiate issues of voice, fairness, ethics and consent to create genuine collaborative practice? And most importantly: how can we generate radical new ideas to tackle these long-standing issues?