The 2021 Creative Schools Week is officailly up and running. All this week we will see a celebration of creativity in schools and online.

This year, theme for Creative Schools Week is Brave New Future, celebrating our children and young people's courage in the face of a tough year, and looking forward towards a bright future.

Check out RTÉ Learn later in the week where we will share Creative Schools TV, showcasing creating talent from classes all over the country.

In-school Celebrations: All schools and centres across the country can generate and host their own celebration events. These events are a great way to involve and empower young people in the processes of presenting their creative journeys.

To help schools/centres organise events, Creative Schools provided schools with a Celebration Pack, full of ideas about creating their own in-school Creative Schools Week.

Online Celebrations: On the 12-14 May (from 12pm daily) check out RTÉ Learn as we host special shows that are highlighting work from a selection of Creative Schools, as well as workshops, interviews and features across a wide range of different artists and arts and cultural organisations.

It is a great opportunity to learn about school communities across the initiative as well as their creative approaches to learning and artistic responses to Covid-19.

Schools highlighted are a representation of the over 460 schools who have participated in the Creative Schools initiative since 2018 and were selected following a competitive process open to those participants.

Follow events and share what you get up to on social media using - #CreativeSchools

Creative Schools is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme to enable the creative potential of every child. It is led by the Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Education and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

The initiative is also informed by the Arts Council’s ten-year strategy (2016–25) Making Great Art Work: Leading the Development of the Arts in Ireland.

More information on how to apply to be a Creative Schools is available at HERE