l-r, Director of Creative Ireland, Tania Banotti; Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D.; Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D.; and Arts Council Director, Orlaith McBride. Photo: Maxwell Photography.
The Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools initiative aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives.
Creative Schools is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme to enable the creative potential of every child. Creative Schools is led by the Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Creative Schools, formerly Arts Rich Schools/Arís, draws on the commitments set out in the Arts in Education Charter.
This pilot initiative will understand, develop and celebrate the arts and creativity in schools. It will establish a range of collaborative opportunities for schools and will develop and strengthen the relationships between schools and the broader cultural and community infrastructure within which they operate. 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.
The Arts Council received applications from close to 400 schools from across the country to participate in Creative Schools from September 2018. We wish to acknowledge all of the schools that applied to participate. We are delighted with this response and hope all schools will continue to engage with this initiative as it develops. A list of the 150 schools selected to participate in the pilot phase is available here.