Guest Blog from summer of somewhereto_ Antrim Creative Assistant Maggie Mckeever
We caught up with Maggie Mckeever, Creative Assistant for somewhereto_NI to run through her inspirational story from summer of somewhereto_.
I’m Maggie and for the past few weeks I’ve been working as the Creative Assistant on summer of somewhereto_ in Antrim town, Northern Ireland.
A wee bit about me! I was drawn to summer of somewhereto_ as I’m a creative person with arts management experience, and I enjoy working with young people in a creative context. I’m really interested by projects that involve social entrepreneurship and find the work that PLACE NI (somewhereto_Northern Ireland Delivery Partner) do is very interesting. They use creativity as a catalyst for social engagement and I really admire the ethos of somewhereto_ as it engages young people in creativity and DIY culture, enabling them to take action and have a say in their own community.
We had a core team of volunteers who transformed the somewhereto_ space into a creative hub with a photography studio, fashion stalls, a chill out area, giant blackboard, cake shop, stage area, workshop space and a ginormous artist’s studio space upstairs!
Over the three weeks it became clear that Antrim has a lot of musical talent! It was great to see so many shy, modest young people surprise us with their creativity & musical talent! The SYCO auditions were a great way for them to get constructive criticism from Eddie, one of SYCO’s scouts. There seemed to be a lot of advice about profiling yourself through Youtube, which I got the chance to find out more about at the Summer In The City event which I took part in as a volunteer earlier this month!
My highlight of the summer of somewhereto_ space was the atmosphere of shared creativity and community that was forged through the space. Skill sharing, brainstorming and chatting were common in somewhereto_ Antrim. In turn, established mentors from the creative industries offered their time for free as they know the importance of encouraging and nurturing young talent along the way.
This year in Antrim our space was a summer of somewhereto_ create for young people to connect with their creative peers, brainstorm ideas, have jamming sessions and the space and freedom to do what they love! This highlights the need for support and spaces like somewhereto_ to nurture their talent, a space where the creative community can work together.
Maggie Mckeever, somewhereto_ Creative Assistant, Northern Ireland.
Phew! If Maggie’s fantastic creative work has got you interested in how you can get involved with somewhereto_ then check out somewhereto.com and get stuck in!