Creatives in Schools

Extension of closing date for Creatives in Schools’ Round 2 applications.
 
Due to the current changes in Alert Levels for Auckland and the rest of New Zealand, we have extended the closing date of applications from 21 August to 11.59pm Sunday, 20 September 2020.

Applications for Round 2, of up to 110 projects, are open for implementing at any time during Terms 1 to 4 in 2021.

All successful schools and kura for Round 2 will be confirmed by late November.

Kids painting on wall.

About Creatives 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 to deliver the creative experience for students and ākonga lasting from 8 to 20 weeks.

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

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 page(external link).

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(external link) of the Creatives in Schools programme, a new initiative partnering schools and kura with creatives. Due to the temporary closure of schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19, schools and kura now have the option to extend their projects until the end of the Term 4 2020.

Find out more on Arts Online(external link)

Funding

Funding will allow 510 projects to take place in New Zealand schools and kura from 2020 to 2023.

Schools and creatives can jointly apply for up to $17,000 per project. The table below shows the funding allocation.

Allowance per project

Description

$10,000

The creative's 100 contact hours cover time spent directly on the project with students and ākonga only. They do not include time spent on planning, preparation, induction, and training with teachers and kaiako. This time is covered by the overall creative fee of $10,000.

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). 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
  • previously 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). As the school or kura leading the project, you must organise the check as part of your application process and provide the vetting report 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 if it is listed there. 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 contact CreativesinSchools@education.govt.nz

For schools and kura

As a school or kura, you will partner with a creative to plan a project and apply for funding for it. If your proposal is successful, you will then work with the creative to deliver the creative experience for students and ākonga.

You can select one or more creatives on the Available creatives(external link) page. Alternatively, you are welcome to propose a project involving a creative from your community who has not yet contacted the Ministry. You will then also need to support the creative to submit an expression of interest as soon as possible.

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 three years. up to 2023.

Note that:

  • 34 projects are being funded to take place in June 2020
  • from 2021 there will be no funding round in terms 3 and 4 of 2020
  • there will be one funding round per calendar year (covering January to December)
  • schools or kura may choose to start their project at any point throughout each year
  • There is an expansion in this initiative due to COVID-19 situation, being funded through Budget 2020. With the new funding there will be an increase in the total number of projects from 304 to 510 over the next three years (up to 2023).

Calendar Year Terms (1 to 4)

2020

2021

2022

2023

Expected number of projects

34 funded

110

150

216

Round

1

2

3

4

Submitting a proposal

You can submit a joint proposal(external link) 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: You must attach completed budget template, timeline template and artist CV/biography to your joint proposal. We also recommend that you use the checklist and tip sheet to complete your proposals.

Checklist(external link)

Tip sheet(external link)

Application form(external link)

Templates

You can download following templates from here and complete and attach with your joint proposal:

These two documents will also be helpful to you:

Police vetting

Note that all professional artists and creative practitioners who participate in Creatives in Schools must undergo a Police Vetting Check(external link). As the school or kura leading the project, you must organise the check as part of your application process and provide the vetting report 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 if it is listed there. 

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.

Induction for successful schools

All successful schools are provided with an induction pack that guides through your Creatives in Schools project.

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

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