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Creatives in schools

Creatives in Schools - child and creative

Applications being considered for Round 1

Applications have closed for the first round of the Creatives in Schools programme, with 157 schools and kura applying to be involved. 

The successful 24 applicants will be advised toward the end of November, 2019.  

Because of the large number of applications, some schools may be invited to hold over their project until Round 2 in March 2020 (to deliver in Term 3 & 4, 2020).

Applications for 40 projects in Round 2 will close in April 2020. You can check our website for updates.


For Creatives: Creative professionals or artists can continue to submit an expression of interest in being involved in the programme so their details can be included in the Arts Online list for schools and kura to consider as partners.


Creatives in Schools is a new programme in which professional artists and creative practitioners partner with schools and kura to share their specialist knowledge and creative practice with students/ākonga.

The creative learning experience will enhance the wellbeing of students/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.

Creatives must submit an expression of interest to the Ministry of Education. Schools and kura work with one or more creatives to submit a joint proposal for a creative project lasting from 8 to 20 weeks.


Funding will enable Creatives in Schools projects in 304 schools and kura in the first four years of the programme.

The table below shows the three available funding streams for a creative project.

Allowance per project Description
$10,000 Remuneration for the creative or creative group, covering 100 contact hours with students/ākonga and teachers/kaiako and time spent on planning, preparation, induction, and training for the project.
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.

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