Creatives in Schools

Applications for Round 2 will open in June 2020 and close in August 2020. We will update our website with exact dates of applications soon.

About Creative in Schools

The Ministry of Education invites schools and kura throughout New Zealand to apply for funding to deliver a new creative project in partnership with a professional artist or creative practitioner.

Schools, kura and creative(s) will apply and plan a project together. If your proposal is successful, schools and kura will work with the creative(s) to deliver the creative experience for students and ākonga lasting from 8 to 20 weeks.

Schools and kura can either work with creatives from your community or select one or more creatives on the Available creatives (external link)  page.

We encourage all creatives interested in participating in Creatives in Schools to complete an Expression of Interest with the Ministry, so that interested schools can find them on the Available creatives (external link)  page.

The creative learning experience will enhance the wellbeing of students and ākonga and develop their knowledge and skills in communication, collaboration, and creative thinking and practice. It will also raise their awareness of careers in the arts and creative sectors and benefit their preparedness for the future of work.

Round 1 Update

Thirty-four projects have been funded in Round 1 of the Creatives in Schools programme, a new initiative partnering schools and kura with creatives. The Round 1 projects will be carried out in terms 1 and 2 of 2020. Once the successful thirty-four projects for Round 1 have been officially announced we will post details on the website.

Find out more on Arts Online (external link)

Funding

Funding will allow 304 projects to take place in New Zealand schools and kura from 2020 to 2023.

The table below shows the three available funding streams for a creative project.

Allowance per project

Description

$10,000

Remuneration for the creative or creative group, covering 100 contact hours with students and ākonga and teachers and kaiakoand time spent on planning, preparation, induction, and training for the project.

Creative artist’s 100 contact hours include time with the students and ākonga only. It does not include time spent on planning (with or without the teachers and kaiako ), preparation, induction, and training for the project.

Up to $4,000

Reimbursement for the school(s) or kura, covering planning and liaison with the creative, teacher/kaiako release time, and monitoring and reporting on the project.

Up to $3,000

Reimbursement for the school(s) or kura for project materials and (if applicable) travel costs.


For creatives 

The Ministry of Education is looking for professional artists and creative practitioners to partner with schools and kura in designing creative projects for delivery over 8–20 weeks.

As a creative or group of creatives, there are two ways you can get involved.

  • If you already have a relationship with a school or kura, get in touch with them to see if they would like to put together a joint proposal with you. They will also help you with the expression of interest (external link)   all creatives are required to submit.
  • If you don’t have a relationship with a school or kura, then you can submit an expression of interest (external link) online. The information you provide will be made available to schools and kura as a brief, anonymous profile on the Arts Online website. A school or kura may then request your contact details from the Ministry of Education and get in touch with you to put together a joint proposal.

Search creatives – Arts Online (external link)

Expression of interest form for creatives (external link)

If the school or kura’s proposal is successful, you will then work with teachers and kaiako to deliver the creative experience for students and ākonga.

Note that although you’ll do your proposal jointly with a school or kura, the school or kura will be the ‘lead applicant’ – they will submit the proposal and have overall responsibility for delivering the project.

Selection criteria

To participate in a Creatives in Schools project, you must be a practising professional artist or creative practitioner with a track record of experience and success. Alternatively, you can undertake a project in partnership with another creative with a strong track record.

A track record of experience and success means you have:

  • achieved recognition from peers or experts, OR
  • achieved a degree of critical success, OR
  • delivered a successful project with a school or kura, OR
  • undergone specialised training or have significant practical experience.

Police vetting

Note that all professional artists and creative practitioners who participate in Creatives in Schools must undergo a Police Vetting Check (external link) . The school or kura you are working with will organise the check as part of the application process and ensure your police vetting is complete before the project commences. If you do not ‘pass’ the vetting, your profile will be removed from Arts Online website and you won’t be able to participate in that project.

Information about vetting – New Zealand Police (external link)

Arts Online (external link)

For further information email: CreativesinSchools@education.govt.nz 


For schools and kura

Future funding rounds

Following Round 1, we have reviewed the timing of future rounds of Creatives in Schools projects.

We understand preparing a joint proposal requires significant time and effort for both schools, kura and creatives. As well as this, the assessment and selection of proposals takes time and resource to administer.

To limit the burden on schools, kura and creatives, and to streamline application processes, we will hold one application round each calendar year from 2020 till 2023 instead of two application rounds per year as we had previously signalled.

There is no reduction in the overall funding and number of projects, and schools, kura and creatives will be able to choose which term/s during the school year their projects will take place. From 2020, applications will open in June and close in August for projects to take place in the following school year.

Search creatives – Arts Online (external link)

Selection criteria

To be accepted as a Creatives in Schools project, your proposal must demonstrate:

  • a clear focus on improving the well-being of your students and ākonga
  • a strong focus on the key competencies of The New Zealand Curriculum or Ngā Uara me Ngā Waiaro of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa
  • how the project supports local curriculum/marau ā kura planning and your programme for the arts/ngā toi learning area
  • your capability and capacity to ensure strong support for the project
  • how the project connects with and is valued by whānau and the community.

Creatives in Schools schedule

The table below shows the anticipated number of projects to be funded over the next four years. Note that:

  • 34 projects are being funded to take place from January to June 2020
  • there will be no projects in terms 3 and 4 of 2020
  • from 2021 there will be one funding round per calendar year (covering January to December)
  • schools and kura may choose to start their project at any point throughout the year
  • it is anticipated a total of 304 projects will be funded over four years up to 2023.

 

January 2020 –June 2020

January 2021 –
December 2021

January 2021 –
December 2022

January 2023 –
June 2023

Expected number of projects

34 funded

72

120

78

Rounds

1

2

3

4

Terms

1 and 2 only

1 to 4

1 to 4

1 and 2 only

Submitting a proposal

You can submit a joint proposal developed with a creative for a Creatives in School project. Your proposal will be reviewed and you will be informed if it has been successful or not.

Note: We will also be providing some checklists, tip sheets and templates, to help you put together your proposal for future rounds. Please check our website before you submit your application.

Joint proposal form for school/kura and creative practitioner (external link)

Police vetting

All professional artists and creative practitioners who participate in Creatives in Schools must undergo a police vetting check. 

Information about vetting – New Zealand Police (external link)

As the school or kura leading the project, you must organise the police check as part of your application process and ensure the police vetting is complete before the project commences. If the creative does not ‘pass’ the vetting, you must inform the Ministry of Education, who will remove the creative’s profile from Arts Online website if the creative is listed there.

Arts Online (external link)

Selection process

Your proposal will be reviewed by a selection panel with representatives from Creative New Zealand, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, and the Ministry of Education.

For further information, contact CreativesinSchools@education.govt.nz 

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