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Inishowen invited to join Creative Schools 10.03.20

THE Arts Council has invited schools in Inishowen and across Donegal to take part in their Creative Schools initiative, opening up the programme to another 150 schools, bringing the total number to 300. Running for a second year, the initiative is an exciting opportunity for schools to understand, develop and celebrate their engagement with the arts, empowering them to bring about real change in the way they work. Carndonagh Community School was one of the 150 schools selected to participate in the Creative Schools programme in 2019.
Participating schools are provided with funding and expertise to enable them to explore the potential impact of the arts and creativity on school life. Participating schools are supported to develop and begin to implement their own Creative School Plan, connecting them to the full range of local and regional cultural resources and opportunities.
In addition, all schools receive a further range of supports including a grant of €4,000 and training for teachers in the school.
Students from Coláiste Ailigh perform during Creative Schools Celebration Week 2019 in the Balor Arts Centre. Photo: Liam Kidney.
Arts Council Chair, Prof. Kevin Rafter, said: “The Creative Schools initiative is already a huge success, and has proved a wonderful way to encourage children and young people to become involved in the arts. I would strongly recommend teachers and parents to consider applying to be part of the programme this year.”
Creative Schools aims to understand, develop and celebrate the arts, as a core aspect of school life, and to foster children and young people’s creativity and participation in the arts as an integral part of their education in Ireland. Creative Schools recognises that the arts are a powerful means through which children and young people can explore communication and collaboration, stimulate their imaginations to be inventive, and harness their curiosity. Engagement in the arts and creativity requires rigour, discipline and resilience nurturing learners’ sense of agency and self-worth. This combination of skills underpins all successful learning.

Opportunities for Schools: All Department of Education and Skills primary and post-primary schools, special schools and Youthreach centres across Donegal are eligible to apply.

Interested schools in Inishowen should:
Step 1 – Find out more at www.artscouncil.ie 
Step 2 – Register your school today (this can take up to 5 days)
Step 3 – Apply before 19 March 2020
The Arts Council invites applications from schools from the 18 February 2020 to the 19 March 2020. Work will begin in the new 150 schools in September 2020.
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