ABOUT CUALA FOUNDATION
“Cuala’s work brings consciousness that can transform a young woman’s life: she’s never been shown or asked to do anything like this before.”
Cuala Foundation is an artist-led organization that works to cultivate a culture of belonging:
- Our development programs focus on strengths to connect youth more deeply with their local culture and community.
- Our projects and events bring people together to celebrate culture together.
Mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing are tied to human dignity and identity, which is enhanced by participation in and enjoyment of culture. By experiencing culture together we can better understand our shared histories and get in touch with our joy every day.
Cuala relies on this paradigm to improve our youth’s understanding of their potential as individuals and members of a community by connecting them with culture and expanding their awareness of history.
Our logo, the bell of the Loughnashade Horn, symbolizes our goal of amplifying the voices of youth and expanding their perspectives on their potential, and their vision of what they want the future to look like.
Overall, our work of social transformation develops economic potential for youth and their communities.
Cuala Express Yourself Project in Rialto, Summer 2018
Cuala Express Yourself Project in Monaghan, Summer 2018
Cuala Express Yourself Project in Donegal, Summer 2018
OUR PROJECT AND PROGRAMS
Cuala’s CULTURE WARRIORS program recognizes that creative, expressive youth are essential, important and needed within their communities, and builds belonging by engaging youth in creative expression that is connected to their community. Our participants immerse themselves in the culture, story, song and history of their community in order to expand the scope of their perspective beyond the present, and positively impact their understanding of their potential. They develop social emotional skills such as empathy, courage and resilience, and are encourages to value learning and the process of change, what makes them unique, and to speak up for what is right and fair.
Our LIVING HISTORY PLAQUES project honors ‘Culture Warriors’ within their communities as part of Cuala’s work with youth and communities to cultivate a culture of belonging by connecting youth more deeply with their local culture and community history.
CUALA MUSIC builds belonging through learning, songwriting and performance. It is a program and platform that focuses on creative expression, showcasing young songwriters and spoken word artists, and facilitating them to collaboratively develop their craft through workshops that inform about social justice history, performances in community spaces and recording sessions.
We host EXHIBITIONS such as #IamIrish at New York Irish Center as part of CualaNYC in 2018 that broke new ground for visibility of Irish people who are also mixed race. Our festival SHEBEENS on Women, Teanga (language), and LGBTQ create belonging and identity with stories, songs, political conversations and poetry: a meeting space beyond the mainstream.