Inishowen invited to join Creative
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
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
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.