13 February 2018

Fitzgerald encourages local schools to apply for Creative School initiative

Local TD Frances Fitzgerald is encouraging local schools to apply for the Creative School initiative, which was launched by Government this week.

Speaking about the new initiative Fitzgerald commented, “The Creative School initiative which is part of the Governments overall Creative Ireland programme, will see over 150 schools across the country participate in a pilot programme providing them with expertise to enable them to explore the potential impact of the arts and creativity on school life. All participating schools will also receive a range of supports including a once-off grant of €2,000 and training for teachers in the school.

“The arts challenge people to think differently and be inventive in finding solutions to problems and participation in the arts is ideal for equipping young people with the ability to be inventive, critical and adaptable. Developing the creativity of children and young people enables them to achieve their full potential and grow as well rounded individuals.

“I would encourage all local primary and secondary schools, as well as Youth Reach centres to apply to participate in this programme. We are fortunate in our local area to have a number of clubs and organisations which inspire creativity in our young people from drama groups to preforming arts, to dance, music and much more. This initiative is now a great opportunity for our young people to also have the opportunity to foster these skills in schools.

“As former Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, I know the arts are a powerful means through which young people can explore communication and teamwork, stimulate their imaginations to be inventive, and harness their curiosity.

“I would encourage any parent to bring this initiative to the attention of their children's school – and any teachers or principals to register today.”

Interested schools should:

·         Step 1 – Get online to find out more www.artscouncil.ie/creative-schools
·         Step 2 – Register your school today
·         Step 3 – Apply online between 20th February and 22nd March 2018

Applications open on the 20th of February and participating schools will be announced in May 2018. Work will begin in schools in September 2018.