Monday 21 October 2019

Fingal's three 'Creative Schools' identified

MInister Joe McHugh, Minister Josepha Madigan and Orlaidh McBride, Director of the Arts Council
MInister Joe McHugh, Minister Josepha Madigan and Orlaidh McBride, Director of the Arts Council

Three Fingal schools have been selected to participate in the 'Creative Schools' educational programme, an initiative led by The Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to promote creativity in young people.

Donabate Portrane Educate Together; Rush And Lusk Educate Together National School; and Balscadden National School have been selected for the 'Creative Schools' initiative, initially launched in 2018.

The initiative was developed to help children and young people explore and develop their creative sides, and to link them with the arts and creative infrastructure in their local community and nationally.

From this month, pupils at 37 more schools in Dublin will join existing schools from across the county to begin their 'Creative Schools' programme.

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, TD, and the Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh, TD, announced that an additional 150 schools from all across Ireland, reflecting all types of education settings, have been selected to participate in the 'Creative Schools' initiative.

These schools were chosen from over 300 applicants - each one required to explain how their participation would support learning and development in the arts and creativity.

Each school selected for 2019-2020 will be provided with a package of support which includes funding and the expertise of a Creative Associate to work with them directly to enable them to explore the potential impact of the arts and creativity on school life.

Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council said: 'The Arts Council is committed to providing children and young people with more opportunities to participate in, and enjoy, the arts.

'The Creative Schools initiative has been a really successful way of inviting thousands of young people all across Ireland to explore their creativity, guided by the expertise of artists and other creatives in their own communities.

'We are delighted that this year the initiative will be supporting a further 150 schools and that many more children and young people will have this opportunity to participate in the arts in a very tangible and meaningful way.'

Creative Schools is a central initiative of Pillar 1 of the Government's Creative Ireland Programme, which the Government says aims to put arts and creativity at the heart of children's and young people's lives.

Each school involved in the programme, including the three named in Fingal is allocated a grant of €2,000 to implement their individual plans, with a total funding of €2.36m being provided in 2019 for schools.

Fingal Independent