the first year of Creative February
school, from primary to secondary to alternative setting, is eligible to take
project will run from Thursday the 1st to Thursday the 29th of
February, using the Leap Day as an extra day of creativity!
The Arts Council is
inviting all schools across Ireland to get involved in their first ever
Creative February, a celebration of art and creativity in schools with a focus
on fun, festivities, imagination and innovation. This initiative will run from the 1st to
the 29th of February.
Creative February will recognise and affirm that our schools are
truly creative places, filled with very creative people. From primary to
secondary to alternative settings, all children and young people will be
encouraged to MAKE, SEE, DO.
any style of art you
choose – paint, draw, dance, knit, design, sculpt, code;
- See art – visit a museum or
gallery, attend a theatre or spoken word performances, dance
shows, music gigs, or see architecture and local
art in your town or city!
- Do a creative project – as a team, as a
class or as a school.
Children and young people across Ireland are invited to let
their imaginations soar and take part in a special month which celebrates their
creativity. To help inspire, guide and motivate everyone taking part, the Arts
Council will host a series of online workshops in collaboration with Monaghan
Education Centre and Wexford Education Support Centre. These workshops will be
divided: half will be catering for school staff and teachers, with the
remainder dedicated to students.
The underlying theme for Creative February is Spring. Creation
from new growth, the seeds of inspiration, this theme hopes to encourage
students and school communities to reflect on where creativity begins in our
lives, in every class, in every school and how it can grow and flourish. The
month is a time to focus on celebrating this creativity, perhaps adding to the
experiences of students in the form of events or workshops and providing a
platform to show how creative each school can be. If your school is already in
the Creative Schools initiative, this month is a great time to celebrate your
journey so far.
Ongoing updates will appear across the Arts Council’s social
media platforms and our website.
We’re asking students and schools to proudly share their
creations online with us, tagging the Arts Council and using the hashtag #CreativeFebruary.
Speaking about Creative February Maureen Kennelly, Director
of the Arts Council, said:
"Creative February is an exciting new
initiative from the Arts Council that will provide space and encouragement for
children and young people to demonstrate their ingenuity when it comes to how
they understand art. This project is an evolution of the highly successful
Creative Schools Week. Now with a full month to Make, See, Do, the
project presents a fantastic opportunity to nurture and celebrate the many ways
in which schools and school communities embrace creativity. I would encourage
all schools across the country, big or small, to get involved in the inaugural
year of Creative February and let their imaginations run wild."
Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts,
Gaeltacht, Sport and Media said:
February is a wonderful new opportunity for every school in Ireland to expand,
experiment and engage with art and creativity. It has been well
established that all forms of education can be enhanced by creative
thinking and the theme of Spring and new life is a wonderful opportunity to
embed art in the classroom. Creating art, in any form, as an individual, as a
class or as a school is an incredibly positive initiative. Providing an
inspiring space for creativity is vital to enable children and young people to
discover their artistic passions. I’m really looking forward to seeing
what our students create throughout Creative February."
Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD, said:
"Creative February will
help to spark young people’s curiosity in arts and creativity in our schools. It will provide opportunities for schools to work collaboratively with
other local schools on creative projects and to develop a roadmap for
self-improvement and celebration."
Mags Walsh, Programme Director of Creative Schools said:
"Creative February is a celebration of imagination and innovation
across all schools in Ireland. It is an exciting time to empower students to
explore, create, and reflect on their unique creative expressions. I extend
heartfelt thanks to the young minds who were a driving force in shaping this
initiative. We look forward to seeing school communities bring their unique and
inspiring ideas to life."
Marino College Transition Year student, Zofia Piela added:
are really looking forward to Creative February. When we took part in Creative
School’s Week we had fun planning and creating a festival for our
community. The parade last year was the best day of school ever! Our
principal Ms. McAteer even dressed up as Mother Earth."
Run by the Creative Schools team within the Arts Council,
Creative February is open to every school in the country, and all are warmly
invited to take part. A welcome pack, with posters and details has been
distributed to each school across the country.
Creative Schools is a flagship initiative of the Government’s
Creative Ireland Programme, putting the arts and creativity at the heart of
children and young people’s lives. The initiative is led by the Arts Council in
partnership with the Department of Education and the Department of Tourism,
Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
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