Eleven schools in Northern Ireland are to receive funding which allows them to take part in a pioneering education programme bringing artists into the classroom.
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Education Authority and the Urban Villages Initiative have announced funding for the continuation of the Creative Schools programme.
The 11 schools now have the opportunity to shape their own projects and work with artists on a range of creative skills, including music production, journalism, photography, film-making, animation and scriptwriting.
The cross-government programme targets schools in the Executive Office’s Urban Village initiative in Belfast and Londonderry and encourages them to think outside of traditional learning approaches, by bringing professional artists into schools to teach new skills.
Last year schools were invited to apply for up to £15,000 each to develop a bespoke project.
It brings professional artists into the classroom to deliver practical and creative lessons that broaden learning opportunities for our young people
Roisin McDonough, Arts Council of Northern Ireland
The schools allocated funding are Lisneal College, Belfast Boys’ Model School, St Joseph’s Boys’ School, Blessed Trinity College, Ashfield Girls’ High School, St Cecilia’s College, Mercy College Belfast, St Vincent’s Centre, Belfast Model School for Girls, Malone Integrated College, and St Colm’s High School.