Limerick Creative Schools Initiative – The Arts Council leads Creative Schools to promote creativity in primary and secondary children.
More than 650 schools have taken part since the start of programme
By I Love Limerick correspondent Stella Gordon
Nine schools have been invited to join the Arts Council’s Limerick Creative Schools Initiative which allows children to enhance their creative and artistic skills, communicate, collaborate, stimulate their imaginations, be inventive, and harness their curiosity. The Arts Council leads Creative Schools in partnership with the Department of Education, and Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media.
The Arts Council believes that the initiative, “will empower children and young people to develop, implement and evaluate arts and creative activity throughout their schools or centres and stimulate additional ways of working that reinforce the impact of creativity on children and young people’s learning, development and well-being.”
The programme began in 2018 and more than 650 schools have taken part since it began
The Council invests in artists, groups, and organisations who make art by, with, and for children and young people. They work in partnership with government departments, local authorities, and others whose decisions impact children and young people’s participation in the arts and they encourage children and young people to share their ideas and listen to what they say.
The nine Limerick schools that have been invited to get involved are Courtenay School in Newcastle West, Castleconnell NS, Donoughmore NS, Presentation Primary School, Scoil An Spioraid Naoimh, Scoil Áine Naofa, St Canice’s Special School, St Clement’s College, and Thomond Primary School.
Offers have been made to 186 schools and centres across Ireland to be part of the Creative Schools initiative. Last year eleven Limerick schools took part.
Maureen Kennelly, Arts Council Director said, “We are delighted that demand for the programme is so strong across the country, and we are thrilled to say that by this stage of the programme, 20 per cent of schools in Ireland have connected with us. We are now looking forward to another school year full of creativity, consultation, and exploration.”
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