An internationally acclaimed street artist teamed up with young people from the Clay Youth Project in Crumlin last week to demonstrate the impact that youth initiatives can have.
Dublin artist Maser, known for his iconic murals in Dublin city, will host a series of workshops with the youth project to create bespoke artwork.
The piece created will embody the theme of the Coca-Cola Thank You Fund, which encourages youth groups to propose project ideas and apply for funding for the initiative, with €100,000 set to be divided amongst projects that are designed to inspire and support young people across Dublin and Ireland.
Grants from €5,000 to €30,000 will be awarded to applications falling under a number of categories, including Fostering diversity in youth communities, Bridging the divide between education and the workplace, and more.
Maser, who is one of the latest figures to get behind the initiative, said that the experience of mentoring is “rewarding” for him.
He said: “The role of mentoring these kids and sharing my experience is a rewarding one for me, with the hope to teach and educate.
“I know in return I’ll also take a lot from this new experience.
“Creativity, innovation and fresh ideas is something to be encouraged in young people in Ireland – there are ambitious people here who want to make things happen and they need support.
“I’m asking all those people out there with great ideas to get online and apply for funding – there’s a load of money to give away so if you have a project you’re passionate about, please submit your ideas.”
The deadline for applications is Friday, July 13. For further information, see coca-cola.ie/thankyou