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Creatives in schools

We are preparing to close Arts Online on 29 March 2024 as this content is moving to Tāhūrangi . 

  • Tāhūrangi is the new online curriculum hub for Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | Ministry of Education.
    • We have moved relevant and up-to-date teaching resources from Arts online to Tāhūrangi.
  • As a consequence, from the end of March, most content will no longer be available on this website.
    • Before the end of March, we’ll provide information about accessing Creatives in Schools content.
    • If there are specific materials from the website you need, we recommend you download them before the end of March.   
    • If you think a resource should be publicly available, please email us a copy of the resource at  [email protected]  and we will consider this as part of our overall migration process.

The Creatives in Schools programme is an opportunity for schools to work with creative professionals to deliver inspiring learning experiences for ākonga and students. It provides funding of up to $17,000 per project. 

Applications for 2024 projects have closed 

Thank you to the kura and schools that have submitted their applications.

The team will be in touch if they have questions.

Programme will be available every year

Creatives in Schools will continue to be available every year for kura and schools to apply for. Up to 153 projects will be selected each round. 

The application period will run every June to August. Projects that were selected each round will be implemented in the following school year. 

We encourage principals and teachers to include these timeframes in their school planning calendar if they are keen to run a creative project.

For tips to assist with your planning, visit these pages:

Find a creative to work with for your project 

Kura and schools who already have relationships with local artists in their community can contact them to work together to plan and apply for a Creatives in Schools project. 

Those who need to find a creative to work with can request profiles from our list of available creatives. 

Available creatives   

For creatives and professional artists who want to take part 

Creatives can either: 

  • get in touch with their local kura or school to discuss project ideas and jointly apply  
  • submit an expression of interest   so interested schools and kura can search for them to help deliver their project. 

Update on creative projects selected for 2023 

A total of 216 projects have been selected for 2023. 

Successful schools – 2023   

We will continue to add more schools to the list and provide information on the projects as we finalise the contracts. 


If you need support getting your 2023 project underway, or you have questions about the programme and applying for future rounds, please email  [email protected]   

For support with a current project, please email our Creatives in Schools regional coordinators [email protected]   

About the programme 

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

Schools, kura, and creative(s) work together to plan a project and then submit a joint application. If your application is successful, schools and kura will work with the creative to deliver the creative experience for students and ākonga. The project must run for between 8 and 20 weeks. 

The Creatives in Schools learning experiences enhance students’ wellbeing; improves their core competencies in communication, collaboration, and creative thinking; and inspires their awareness of careers in the arts and creative sectors. 

Creatives in Schools supports Years 1–13, including students with learning support needs and from a refugee background.

Updates on previous rounds 

You can find updates on the previous rounds here: 

2022 successful projects  

2021 successful projects

2020 successful projects  

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