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Children’s Art in Libraries Programme & Creative Hubs

The Children’s Art in Libraries Programme (CAL)  seeks to provide innovative high quality arts experiences for children of all ages. Since 2010 the CAL Programme - an initiative of the Dublin City Arts Office -  has worked in partnership with Dublin City Public Libraries to deliver innovative programming for children across a broad range of art forms.

The initial aims of the programme were:

To provide children accessing the services of their local library, with the opportunity to participate in and gain meaningful and imaginative experiences through the arts.
To provide opportunities for established and emerging artists to explore and develop their practice for Children and Young people.
To create commissioning opportunities that will support and nurture the development of innovative programming for children and young people that achieves a high level of artistic excellence. 

These programmes took place throughout the year across many of the city libraries.

See some sample programmes below, click on the image to download:

Spring 2020 (PDF 8MB)

Autumn 2014 (PDF 5MB)

Summer 2015 (PDF 3MB)

Summer 2016 (PDF 876KB)

Spring 2020 (PDF 8MB)




Sample Commissions included:

A dance commission in 2014 Journey, an adaptation of the story of Orpheus and Euridice


A visual arts commission Ludo in 2015


A bi-lingual theatre commission and tour  Stór, reflecting on 1916 commemoration
Stor teacher pack (english version PDF 727KB) 

In more recent years the CAL Programme began to develop its Creative Hub initiative:

Creative Hubs seek to sustain high quality arts experiences for children, schools and families to access in their Library and locality, through the development of enhanced educational, community and cultural partnership. Creative Hubs take a more embedded approach to developing programming areas , informed by local need and consultation, while linking to the  cultural resources of the locality and the wider city.

In 2017 CAL began to develop its first Creative Hub in Ballyfermot Library this has been followed by a second Hub in Cabra Library in 2019.

Early Years Programming

Over the past ten years CAL has supported the development and programming of a broad range of Early Years initiatives.

This has included:

Programming for very young children and their families.
Commissioning Early Years Work that can be delivered in non-formal Arts Settings, particularly Libraries.   See An early years dance and music commission The Lost Sound, in 2015

Supporting the delivery of Early Years residencies and Providing CPD for Early Years Practitioners and Artists where appropriate. Early Years Arts Residencies in Local Settings