YOUR SAY/YOUR WAY, Creative Ireland & Draíocht, Young people's arts and creativity consultation day, Draíocht, Blanchardstown, September 2017.
Opportunities for schools
- Would you like to be a more creative school?
- Do you believe the arts help children and young people to thrive in school and in life?
- Would you welcome support to develop innovative creative projects in your school?
If your answer is yes to any or all of these questions then apply to be part of Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools.
Creative Schools aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children’s and young people’s lives. It is a pilot initiative that will support schools to develop and begin to implement their own Creative Schools plan. Schools selected for the pilot will be partnered with a Creative Associate, who will support them in planning and implementing a creative programme that can be sustained in their school.
Creative Associates will be artists, creative practitioners and educators who will help schools to draw on the range of opportunities within their school and wider community. Each school will also receive €2,000 to help them implement their programme. All Department of Education and Skills recognised primary and post-primary schools and Youthreach centres are eligible to apply. 150 schools will be selected to participate in the initiative in the 2018–2019 school year. The Creative Schools initiative will support a diverse range of school types from a wide range of geographic regions to explore an extensive array of artforms.
What schools should do now
Step 1 – Download and read the School Guidelines
Step 2 – Register your school today (within five working days you will be issued via email with a unique reference number ARN and password that you can use to sign to online services)
Step 3 – Apply online between 20 February and 22 March 2018. Priority will be given to proposals that demonstrate the following:
- How participation in the Creative Schools initiative will support the school’s learning and development.
- Support from the school management team and commitment to mobilise the school community to engage with the Creative Schools initiative, including a willingness to reflect on and evaluate their Creative Schools plan, and to share learning with others.
- Commitment to children’s voices and a process for children and young people to play a central role in developing, implementing and evaluating the programme.