Elizabeth is the founder of the Arts For Peace Foundation, which aims to build cultural bridges through our children.
With formal theatre training in Dublin and London, Elizabeth was asked to create a series of drama workshops for the Arts Council Of Ireland for drama therapy. It was this work which sowed the seeds of the idea for the Arts For Peace Foundation. The charity was founded by Elizabeth with the support of John Hume and Richard Burke in 2004.
In 2006 Elizabeth was selected by Trinity College Dublin Masters in Business programme to be the subject of its module on Social Entrepreneurship. From this programme six masters candidates worked with Elizabeth to create a needs analysis paper in the field of arts, recreation therapy and psycho-social intervention which formed the basis for the charity’s work model.
Over the past twelve years the charity has worked with children from communities and countries in conflict and has been endorsed by UNWRA. Palestine, Israel and Lebanon have been particular focus of programmes as have Irish marginalised communities. The charity received great support in the start up years from the Irish Defence Forces in logistical support in keeping with its peacekeeping mission.
Her work overseas led Elizabeth to enroll in a Masters of International Law and Human Rights programme in 2014. She is now reading an undergraduate English LLB with the University of London International Academy.
The Arts For Peace Foundation aims to create residential programmes for children of diverse cultures, including programmes for children affected by conflict. Arts For Peace also aims to create the Durrow Round Table for dialogue and understanding between cultures.
To read more about the Foundation’s development, visit Elizabeth’s 2007 Level 2 profile.