The Arts Council Announces Exciting Opportunities for Schools and Creative Professionals

The Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools initiative aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives.

This pilot initiative will understand, develop and celebrate the arts and creativity in schools. It will establish a range of collaborative opportunities for schools and will develop and strengthen the relationships between schools and the broader cultural and community infrastructure within which they operate. The long term aim is for every school to be supported to fully embrace the arts and creativity, ensuring a positive experience and strong outcomes for children and young people. Participating schools will need to show a 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. 

Opportunities for schools to apply to participate in the Creative Schools pilot open on Tuesday 20th February, 2018. Selected schools will have the opportunity to deepen the impact the arts and creativity can make on school life and on the lives of children and young people. 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. Each school will also receive €2,000 to help them implement their programme.

What schools should do now:

Step 1 – Get online, read the guidelines and find out more

Step 2 – Register your school as an organisation/group today

Step 3 – Apply online between 20th February and 22nd March 2018 

Opportunities for Creative Associates Opportunities  Creative Associates will be artists and/or teachers with an understanding of the arts and creativity and its potential to transform the lives of children and young people. They are dynamic agents for change uniquely placed to form partnerships between schools and the arts and cultural community.

What applicants should do now:

Step 1 – Get online and read the Creative Associate Information Booklet

Step 2 – Check if you are eligible as an artist, organisation or teacher

Step 3 -  Complete and return  correct Application Form