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For schools, kura and creatives

Schools, kura, and creative(s) work together to plan a project and then submit a joint application. If your proposal 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.

How will the creative practitioner/s be involved in the Creatives in Schools project?

The Ministry of Education is looking for professional artists and creative practitioners to partner with schools and kura. As a creative or group of creatives, there are two ways you can 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. They will also help you with the  expression of interest . This is not mandatory to submit.

If you don’t have a relationship with a school or kura, then you can submit an expression of interest online  here . The information you provide will be made available to schools and kura as a brief, anonymous profile on the Arts Online website. A school or kura may then request your contact details from the Ministry of Education and get in touch with you to put together a joint proposal.

If the school or kura’s proposal is successful, you will then work with teachers/kaiako to deliver the creative experience for students/ākonga.

Note: Although you’ll do your proposal jointly with a school or kura, the school or kura will be the ‘lead applicant’ – they will submit the proposal and have overall responsibility for delivering the project.

Selection criteria of the creative practitioner/s

To participate in a Creatives in Schools project, you must be a practising professional artist or creative practitioner with a track record of experience and success. Alternatively, you can undertake a project in partnership with another creative with a strong track record.

A track record of experience and success means you have:

  • achieved recognition from peers or experts, OR
  • achieved a degree of critical success, OR
  • previously delivered a successful project with a school or kura, OR
  • undergone specialist training or have significant practical experience.

Selection criteria of a joint proposal (application)

To be accepted as a Creatives in Schools project, your proposal must demonstrate:

  • a clear focus on improving the wellbeing of your students and ākonga
  • a strong focus on the key competencies of The New Zealand Curriculum or Ngā Uara me Ngā Waiaro of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa
  • how the project supports local curriculum/marau ā-kura planning and your programme for the arts/ngā toi learning area
  • your capability and capacity to ensure strong support for the project
  • how the project connects with and is valued by whānau and the community.

Application selection process

Your proposal will be reviewed by an assessment panel with representatives from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Creative New Zealand, and independent creative practitioners.

Police vetting

Note that all professional artists and creative practitioners who participate in Creatives in Schools must undergo a  Police Vetting Check . The school or kura you are working with will organise the check as part of the application process and ensure your police vetting is completed before the project commences. If you do not ‘pass’ the vetting, your profile will be removed from Arts Online (if you are selected from our website), and you won’t be able to participate in that project.

For further information, contact  CreativesinSchools@education.govt.nz

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Submitting a joint proposal

Available creatives


Case studies

Tips for creating a good joint proposal

Project proposal checklist

Page last updated: 17 June 2021
Watch this space for future updates.

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