Silver linings in 2020/21 for Youth Heritage Project Reimagine Remake Replay
A project changing the lives of young people across Northern Ireland enjoyed a very successful 2020, receiving both The Museums Association Museums Change Lives Award and runner up position in the ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Team Award.
Reimagine Remake Replay is delivered by the Nerve Centre, National Museums NI, Northern Ireland Museums Council and Northern Ireland Screen, supported through the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s ‘Kick the Dust’ programme. The project has engaged more than 3,000 young people in creative programmes, events and workshops in the Ulster Museum, Ulster Folk Museum and 6 local museums across Northern Ireland over the last 3 years.
Reimagine Remake Replay has empowered young people to gain new digital skills, including accreditations and Digital Badges, make thousands of creative outputs, and improve their mental health and self-confidence.
Joe Carlin, Reimagine Remake Replay project manager at the Nerve Centre, said: “Young people have traditionally been an under-represented group in museums. Reimagine Remake Replay makes heritage relevant and accessible to young people aged 16-25 through cutting edge creative media and the latest digital technologies.
The Covid pandemic did not stop the talented team behind the project as they quickly adapted to restrictions and moved to an online delivery model. Recent online programmes have included creative writing, sound design, stop-motion animation, 3D modelling and digital design.
Project participant Sorcha Ní Cheallaigh, said: “I don’t know how the Reimagine Remake Replay team do it, but they run a top class programme with showcase opportunities and invaluable work experience, all the while caring about their participants.
Reimagine Remake Replay also empowers and provides young people with the tools to deliver events exploring issues personal to them. Three youth led steering groups have recently been set up on the project representing LGBTQIA+, Climate Action and Arts and Wellbeing.
Members from each group recently joined forces to create Head and Heart 2, the projects annual Arts and wellbeing Mental Health Festival from 11th-13th June 2021. Over the 3 day festival Reimagine Remake Replay supported young people to create an exciting programme on mental health, heritage, arts and technology. Participants commented how the festival and the project in general had improved their mental health, before and after the pandemic through developing new friendships, learning new skills and feeling more connected to heritage.
For more information on the project head to www.reimagineremakereplay.org
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