The Newtown-based Neighborhood Network launched its new National Community Time Machine website last Friday, to showcase the intergenerational stories and creativity of County Wicklow communities.
residents across the county have seen their art, photographs and words immortalized in community archives. or “time machine”.
The process of creating the work is something that brought the neighbors together.
The Community Time Machine initiative is an age-friendly intergenerational time capsule project designed to connect young people with their older neighbors through a series of interviews, art projects and photographs. Throughout the winter and spring of 2021, community groups from Arklow, Bray, Wicklow Town, Rathnew and Newtownmountkennedy participated in this exciting creative project.
The work of these participants from across the county includes interviews and creative responses, which paint a picture of Wicklow’s community spirit, past and present.
It is now posted in a digital archive at timemachine.quarterhoodnetwork.ie. The new archive was uploaded last Friday.
This initiative was supported by Wicklow County Council, Creative Ireland and Healthy
He offered members of the communities of Wicklow a chance to connect in a safe, supportive and creative way during the Covid-19 pandemic.
âIt has been a pleasure to see this project evolve – the bonds have grown stronger between generations with the wonderful stories being told. I am also grateful to the project for giving me another way to give senior members of a community a way to show their importance in society, âsaid Louise Curran, community organizer at Rathnew.
âWe went through a pandemic, something that no one saw coming, the community got out of it, so whatever hardships you face can be overcome. Things happen, people help, âsaid Jenny Bolger, Bray Community Time Machine participant.
Since the success of the County Wicklow pilot earlier this year, The Community Time Machine has now been installed in Meath, Monaghan and Westmeath and will be released to seven more counties this fall with support from Creative Ireland, Age Friendly Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development. More than 300 participants from these seven counties will participate in the project, and their stories and creative responses will be shared in the digital archives of the Time Machine as well as in a physical time capsule.
Catherine Martin, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media said: âThe Creative Ireland program is proud to support the work of Neighborhood Network in the development of this project.
She said the project empowers communities, offers support and friendship to our seniors, and creatively transforms residents into citizen researchers.
Neighborhood Network came from the local team behind Street Feast, a national neighborhood street party event to celebrate community. Founded in 2009 in Newtownmountkennedy, County Wicklow, Neighborhood Network inspires neighbors to connect by providing them with the support and tools they need to organize community development activities.
Neighborhood Network, founded by Sam Bishop, is a non-profit community development organization.
Their aim is to build and strengthen neighborhoods and to brainstorm ideas for positive community participation.