YOUR SAY/YOUR WAY, Creative Ireland & Draíocht, Young people's arts and creativity consultation day, Draíocht, Blanchardstown, September 2017.
The Creative Schools/Scoileanna Ildánacha initiative aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives.
Participating schools will work with a Creative Associate to understand, develop and celebrate their engagement with the arts, empowering them to bring about real change in the way they work. Together they will draw on the range of resources within their school and wider community developing new ways of working that reinforce the impact of creativity on student learning, development, and wellbeing. Children and young people will have a central role in shaping and evaluating the development of the programme in their school.
This national initiative is a partnership between the Arts Council, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Education and Skills. Creative Schools builds on commitments outlined in the Arts in Education Charter and is a key programme under Pillar One of Creative Ireland 2017–2022: Enabling the Creative Potential of Every Child.
The Creative School team is based in the Arts Council. Two teachers have been seconded full-time to the initiative, in the roles of Post-Primary Education Adviser, and Primary and Early Childhood Education Adviser. In addition to their experience as teachers, both bring a personal creative practice to the work of the team. International experts Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE) have been secured to act as Project Lead. CCE brings global experience of delivering arts and creativity programmes in schools.
Contact the Creative Schools team