Jo May is a highly motivated and experienced Arts Education Practitioner and Facilitator, focused on working within an educational environment. Dedicated to developing creative and engaging programmes for teachers, children and young people. Deeply passionate about promoting accessibility in the visual arts, and developing meaningful experiences for all demographics and abilities. Her core belief is that everyone can be creative and that the arts can provide a truly enriching experience.
The majority of her practice over the last 10 years has been spent working with children and young people primarily in The Ark (Arts and Cultural Centre for Children) in a variety of Areas – Workshop facilitator, coordinator, curating and installing visual dressing for events and programmes, Front of House and Box Office. Jo has also worked in collaboration with prestigious Dublin arts institutes such as National Gallery Ireland, Chester Beatty Library and Dublin City Council Arts offices. Other institutions also include The Lir Academy for Dramatic Arts, Airfield Estate, Farmleigh, Phoenix Park, ReCreate and The National Learning Network. When not coordinating visual arts workshops she can also be found making innovative and playful displays for events using her many years experience as visual display designer.
In 2016 Jo was awarded with a First Class honors with a certificate in Youth Arts from Maynooth University.
Jo graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 2010 with a Higher Diploma in Community Art Education. When working with children and young people her primary focus is recycling, experimenting and problem solving within a visual arts context.
Jo studied at Cordwainers College @The London College of Fashion and graduated with a degree in Footwear and Accessory Design (Business Studies and Marketing).