The What IF? Project was a three year project funded by the International Fund for Ireland that worked with young people from Interface areas in Derry Londonderry and cross border in Donegal. The project used creative arts activity to enable young people to work with others from areas they are apprehensive of and support each other as they work towards common goals.
The programme used the arts as a catalyst to explore community relations issues and challenges personal & community attitudes, broadens horizons, builds trust, understanding & respect, & helps overcome a legacy of violence, prejudice & sectarianism. The project offered Open College Network Training in Visual Arts, Film and Video, Drama and Performance, Dance and Leadership in Youth Work OCN level 1.
The participants regularly attended residential weekends, and were provided with the opportunity to explore further very sensitive community relations issues in a safe and neural environment whilst also developing skills like team building and interdependence by participating in out-door pursuits. On-going support was provided for young people to develop leadership skills and to develop their own projects to motivate and inspire others in their communities.