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Creatives in Schools

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Ministry of Education
20 Sep 2020
Work type
Work classification
Education & Development, Other


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

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 your community or select one or more creatives on the  Available creatives  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  page.

The creative learning experience will enhance the well-being 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.



How to apply

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.

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

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).

Each project will be a high-calibre and in-depth engagement lasting from 8 to 20 weeks.

Teachers and creative practitioners work in partnership on projects that provide creative learning opportunities for students and ākonga.

There is funding available to schools and kura for teacher release time, working with the creative practitioner, the planning and reporting involved and some projects materials.


For more information on the programme visit Arts Online

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Written by

Julia Barnes

25 Jun 2020