Where better to start to start your creative journey – bringing creativity into the classroom, supporting whole schools to embrace creativity, in their own way, for their own benefit.
Commenced in September 2018, Creative Schools is a flagship of the Creative Youth plan – led by the Arts Council in partnership with the Departments of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Education & Skills and Children & Youth Affairs, the project is supporting schools of every type, in every county to start a new creative journey.
300 schools are participating in 2019/20, right across the country. These include primary and post primary schools, and within that DEIS and special schools are a strong focus. The list of current schools is here.
Creative Schools aims to understand, develop and celebrate the arts and creativity as a core aspect of school life – fostering children and young people’s creativity as an integral part of their education.
Each school is supported by a Creative Associate in developing their individual school plan, and creating links between the school and arts & cultural organisations. Each school has a discretionary budget of €2,000.
The initiative supports schools to develop and implement their own Creative Plan while strengthening the relationships between schools and the broader cultural and community infrastructure.
The long term aim is for every school to be supported to fully embrace the arts and creativity, ensuring a positive experience and strong outcomes for children and young people.
Engagement in the arts requires rigour, discipline and resilience nurturing a child’s sense of agency and self-worth. The arts and creative activities are powerful means through which children and young people can explore communication and collaboration, stimulate their imaginations to be inventive, and harness their curiosity. This combination of skills underpins all successful learning.
The initiative recognises that schools play an important role in providing opportunities for children to participate in arts and culture – we know that arts and cultural participation leads to a range of positive related child outcomes including socio-emotional wellbeing, cognitive development, and positive attitudes towards school.
Creative Schools provides tangible supports for schools to embrace these developments by placing the arts and creativity at the centre of school life.
Schools wishing to apply for the next round should note that applications will be considered in March 2020.