Today Catherine Martin, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, along with Minister for Education Norma Foley TD, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Roderic O’Gorman TD and Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD announced the launch of the new Creative Youth Plan 2023-2027 at a youth-led event that took place in the National Gallery of Ireland.
This new plan will build on the success of the first Creative Youth Plan 2017-2022 which sought to embed creativity into the centre of the lives of Ireland’s children and young people.
The Arts Council will continue to lead the development of Creative Schools over the course of this new Creative Youth plan. The Arts Council looks forward to publishing an evaluation of Creative Schools, conducted by Dublin City University, later this year. The evaluation, a long-term research project, has measured the impact of the programme on participating schools. Preliminary findings show the programme has advanced arts in education across Ireland and is ensuring that work in schools is truly child led.
Maureen Kennelly, Director of the Arts Council, said:
“As part of the Arts Council’s ongoing commitment to children and young people, Creative Schools is a powerful project which places arts and creativity at the heart of young people’s lives. The Arts Council welcomes this new Creative Youth Plan and we thank the Department of Education, the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and all at Creative Ireland for their ongoing partnership in this important national programme. Through our partnership with Dublin City University, I am so pleased to say schools have reported an overwhelmingly positive experience in the Creative Schools programme to date through the evaluation they are conducting.”
Apart from the work in Creative Schools, the Arts Council is committed to advancing other projects and programmes designed to ensure all children and young people have the opportunities to engage with high quality arts and creative experiences. The Arts Council is partnering with the Department of Children, Equality, Disability and Youth (DCEDIY) to pilot an Arts in Early learning & Care (ELC) and School Age Childcare (SAC) scheme. The pilot will support professional artists and arts organisations to work with settings and explore principles and practice in this area.
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