Applications for Creatives in Schools Round 3 now open

Applications are now open for the third round of the Creatives in Schools programme, where teachers and kaiako will partner with creative professionals to provide engaging learning experiences for students and ākonga.

The programme provides funding of up to $17,000 per project. Round 3 will fund up to 117 projects to run in 2022.

Creatives in schools

A recent evaluation of the programme found that Creatives in Schools makes a worthwhile and valuable contribution to sharing knowledge and offering creative practices in schools. It has made an early difference to the students and ākonga, teachers and kaiako, creative practitioners, parents and whānau involved.

We have been told by schools that have participated in the earlier rounds that students have increased their confidence as a result of participating. 

I never thought I could sing to a big audience in my life before, but I did. And [Creative] definitely helped with that, so I can talk openly to people now. (Student)

In college, I thought in my head, “I need to change this or else I’m not going to get anywhere”. And [Creative] really helped me with that actually, like raise my hand, opt into things not opt out. (Student)

Creative projects are not limited to visual arts, dance, drama and music. The programme is open to other artforms such as filmmaking, game design, fashion design, spoken word, Pacific arts, and ngā toi Māori such as raranga, whakairo and more.

Artists and creative practitioners who are keen to be in the list of creatives available for the programme can register their expressions of interest with the Ministry of Education.

Schools and kura can also directly liaise with creative practitioners in their own community, to plan a project together and apply for funding. Applications close on Friday 20 August 2021.

The programme is delivered by Ministry of Education, in partnership with Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage and Creative New Zealand.

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