€2,000 and 9 Artist Days Available in New Creative Schools Project

€2,000 and 9 Artist Days Available in New Creative Schools Project

Deadline for applications is 22 March.

Primary and post-primary schools in Ireland are being invited to apply for a new nationwide arts and creativity initiative.

Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools aims to put the arts at the heart of children’s and young people’s lives. It is a pilot initiative that will help schools to develop their own artistic and creative plans.

The project is a flagship initiative of the Creative Youth plan, which was published in December 2017 as part of the Creative Ireland Programme. The plan aims to give every child access to tuition in art, music, drama and coding by 2022. 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.

Applications are now open for schools and the deadline is 5.30pm on Thursday 22 March.

Schools selected to participate in the pilot initiative will receive one day’s induction/training where they will meet with other participating schools and with the Creative Schools team; they will be allocated a Creative Associate who will support the school for up to a maximum of nine days over the 2018–2019 school year; and they can also avail of a once-off grant of €2,000 to implement their plans in 2018–2019.

It is possible for one school to apply on behalf of a number of schools, e.g. in the case of a small school that intends to develop a programme in collaboration with other small schools in the same region. 

Schools wishing to apply should visit www.artscouncil.ie/creative-schools

The Arts Council is also currently seeking 37 Creative Associates to assist in the implementation of the new project. For more, visit www.artscouncil.ie/creative-schools/creative-associates

Published on 19 February 2018

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