HUNDREDS of children around Donegal and the world are participating in an online arts challenge launched to encourage children to be creative while confined to their homes.
The Regional Cultural Centre (RCC) Letterkenny, which proudly funded by Donegal County Council and Arts Council Ireland, launched the ‘Home is where the Art is’ Challenge on Saturday, 14th March.
Jeremy Howard, general manager of the multidisciplinary centre, said the challenge for primary school-aged children, and younger, is to ensure kids stay creative while confined to their homes under current circumstances.
Thousands of parents contacted the RCC’s Facebook page, following the publication of the plan, saying they wanted to be updated on the challenge, encouraging organisers to bring the launch forward as a result.
Various themes will be posted as part of the challenge and children will be asked to draw or paint something that inspires them related to that theme, as loosely as they want.
Parents are then asked to take a picture of the artwork with their phone and send it to the new ‘RCC for Kids’ Public Group on Facebook with their child’s first name, age and school.
Jeremy said the RCC plans to have a physical exhibition of the artworks in the Letterkenny centre once the country is back to normality.
While the RCC building remains closed to the public, the staff is working on a number of other projects, such as online lessons, music and storytelling, to educate and keep children (and adults) entertained and occupied from the comfort of their homes.