17 Jun 2020

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Funding boost for arts in schools

The Government is increasing investment in the Creatives in Schools programme, providing work opportunities for an additional 300 artists, Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Jacinda Ardern and Minister of Education Chris Hipkins announced on Friday (12 June).

The new programme began earlier this year and is delivered by the Ministry of Education (working in partnership with Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage and Creative New Zealand).

The government has announced an additional $4 million funding, on top of $7.16 million announced last year, to fund the programme from 2020 to 2023.

Creatives in Schools supports artists and creative practitioners to partner with schools and kura to share their specialist skills and knowledge with students.

Creatives with experience delivering high-quality arts programmes for youth, and keen to do more, should sign-up for the Creatives in Schools programme before the end of June. 

By signing-up, your profile will be available to schools putting together proposals for arts projects they want delivered in 2021 (schools apply for Creatives in Schools funding between 25 June and 21 August 2020).

Creatives in Schools pays a fixed remuneration of $10,000 for the participating creative practitioner(s) delivering the creative project in a school/kura. Up to three creatives can be involved, with the remuneration split between them. Within the project, the creative practitioner(s) need to spend a total 100 contact hours with the students and ākonga, as well as planning time with teachers and kaiako, and time spent on planning, preparation, induction, and training for the project.

As well as arts disciplines in the New Zealand Curriculum and ngā toi Māori curriculum outcomes in Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, such as visual arts, dance, drama and music, the programme offers opportunities for creative practitioners to work with kura and schools to share their creative expertise in areas such as film making, game design, fashion design, spoken word and more.

How to get involved

There are two ways for creatives to 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.
  • If you want to make yourself available to a number of schools or you don’t have a relationship with a school or kura, submit an expression of interest form on the Ministry of Education’s website. That way, the information you provide will be made available to schools and kura as a brief, anonymous profile with details of your availability and arts expertise. A school or kura can then request your contact details from the Ministry of Education and get in touch with you to put together a joint proposal. We recommend you do this soon so that your profile is in the system before the programme opens.

Schools, kura, and creative(s) will apply and plan a project together, with the school submitting the actual application. If the proposal is successful, the school or kura will work with the creative(s) to deliver the creative experience for students and ākonga, running for 8 to 20 weeks during 2021. Applications can be submitted in Te Reo Māori.

This is the second round of the programme, and will include up to 135 projects. There were 34 projects funded in the first round earlier this year.

To learn more about the Creatives in School programme, go to the Ministry of Education’s Arts Online website (currently being updated):

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