Dublin Arts Council's 'concerted effort' will localize live music
The Dublin Arts Council is bringing live music to residents.
The organization is planning on scheduling 20 to 30 15-minute concerts for people in Dublin throughout July and August, said David Guion, the arts council's executive director.
"This is really a concerted effort by a lot of people from Dublin and the city of Columbus," he said.
The arts council is scheduling the concerts in conjunction with the Curbside Concert project, which was designed to help seniors battling isolation and loneliness during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The initiative is managed by Can't Stop Columbus, a volunteer-driven effort of Smart Columbus.
The Columbus Foundation helped design the concept and the Greater Columbus Arts Council provides funding for the musicians to perform "mini concerts" of three to four songs.
People may request a free concert at sendaconcert.herokuapp.com and include a message to be read to the recipient.
Guion said the Dublin Arts Council has dedicated $5,000 toward concerts thus far and is seeking additional funding.
Although anyone may request a concert, the Dublin Arts Council is working to bring them to the homes of specific groups of people.
Guion said he is working with Dublin city staff members to hold concerts at the homes of longtime Dublin Irish Festival volunteers in August. The annual festival has been canceled because of the pandemic.
The arts council also will work with city staff members to bring concerts to veterans, police officers and first responders, he said, as well as concerts for senior citizens at independent- and assisted-living facilities.
Christine Nardecchia, Dublin's director of outreach and engagement, said the city is pleased to partner with the arts council on the initiative.
"It's a unique, creative and safe way to bring music to those who are feeling the effects of isolation," she said.
Nardecchia said the city's outreach and engagement team would coordinate curbside concerts and work with senior-living facilities so residents can go to a balcony or window to hear live music at a scheduled time.
"The timing of this is perfect," she said. "It is our hope that this artistic expression of support is clear: Our older adults, veterans and all residents are not alone.
"We truly are in this together."
Guion said he also is working with the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau to schedule concerts on restaurant patios.