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NYCI Artivism Summer School 2023

Using Visual Arts And Spoken Word To Make Your Voice Heard On The SDGs! 

Are you interested in exploring art as a way to create social change and to amplify young people’s voices?  Do you see youth work and youth arts as a practice of empowerment? Join our NYCI Artivism Summer School 2023 to develop the skills to effectively challenge and disrupt inequality, and develop your SDG* action toolkit, through artivism!

Register here!

This 3-day residential summer school will support you to develop skills in visual arts and spoken word, while delving into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  We will show you how artivism can provoke curiosity and engage critical thinking skills, using a pathway that takes you from the personal to the local, the national, and the global.  This event will support participants to explore art as a means for social change and facilitate engagement in a form of creative expression that can inspire awareness, action and changemaking behaviour.

* Sustainable Development Goals

What to expect?

The immersive summer school experience provides space for participants to benefit from a supportive environment where they can explore their own creativity and artivism, reflect on global youth work as a critical youth work practice, and share experiences with peers. Expect lots of practical, creative activities; visual arts and spoken word workshops led by artists; group experiences and discussions!

  • Participants will experience content and access resources that can be shaped into a summer artivism project exploring the SDGs with young people in their own projects.

  • Participants will be offered opportunities to build on their Summer School experiences by engaging with One World Week 2023 November 18th – 25th

Join NYCI’s Youth Arts Programme and Global Youth Work Programme (Youth 2030) and a multi-disciplinary team of artists and artivists for an exciting summer school to enhance your work with young people! Unlock the SDG artivist in you!

The NYCI Youth Arts Summer School 2023 is funded by Irish Aid, The Arts Council and The Department for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.


RESIDENTIAL COURSE: Saturday May 27th 11am – 4pm; Sunday May 28th 9.30 – 5pm; Monday, May 29th 9.30am – 4pm


€100.00 for NYCI members / €120.00 for non-NYCI members

If finance is a barrier to your participation, please contact for advice. A number of bursaries are available.


20 participants

Who is this suitable for?

The Summer School will be of interest to:

  • Youth workers, volunteers, young leaders (20+), youth arts practitioners working directly with young people and looking to develop their understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals, artivism and creative approaches to engaging young people in action around issues they care about.


  • Develop an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how to incorporate personal, local, national, and global perspectives in your work with young people.

  • Explore artivism and the power of art to amplify young people’s voices on issues they care about.

  • Gain practical workshop experiences and develop your skills in visual arts and spoken word.

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to empower young people to create their own artivist response to the SDGs.

  • Build your critical literacy confidence and enhance your understanding on what it means to be a global citizen.

  • Become more confident in your own relationship with our global world.

  • Experience content and resources that you can shape into a summer artivism project exploring the SDGs with your young people!

  • Benefit from a supportive space to explore your own creativity, reflect on your practice and share experiences with your peers.

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Delivered by NYCI’s Youth Arts Programme and Global Youth Work Programme (Youth 2030) and a multi-disciplinary team of artists and artivists!


Accommodation is provided for participants as part of the summer school fee at Maynooth Campus Accommodation on Saturday May 27th and Sunday, May 28th. Single, private bedrooms are provided with a wash-hand basin in each bedroom and cubicled shower and toilet facilities on each floor. Please note there is no obligation to stay on campus during the residential. If you would prefer to travel to the venue each day, you can advise of that on the booking form. If you have any queries in relation to this or have access requirements you wish to discuss, please contact


Breakfast and lunches are provided for all participants. Please notes that dinner is not provided. We ask that you tell us about any special dietary requirements in your booking form.

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