Creative Schools

Creative Schools aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives, an aim that is central to Baboró’s own vision. It is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme, led by the Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Schools are a central part of the very fabric of Baboró, with students, teachers and SNAs forming 50% of our audience. The Baboró team are dedicated to building and maintaining relationships with school communities, because we know that they are the key to increasing children’s access to the arts regardless of geographic, economic, physical, intellectual or cultural status.

Baboró is proud to support Creative Schools in a number of ways:

  • The Arts Council gave organisations such as Baboró the chance to nominate candidates for the role of Creative Associate. We were delighted to nominate Baboró’s previous Communications Coordinator, Jane Hayes, who is now serving as a Creative Associate in the Cork / Kerry Region.
  • Baboró is also working to building relationships with the excellent team of Creative Associates in our own region in order to better understand how we can best serve schools participating in the programme.
  • And most importantly we are here to encourage as many schools as possible to apply to be part of this exciting and transformative project.

As well as receiving funding, participating schools will work with a dedicated Creative Associate to understand, develop and celebrate their engagement with the arts, empowering them to bring about real change in the way they work. They will draw on the range of resources within their school and wider community, developing new ways of working that reinforce the impact of creativity on student learning, development and well-being all in a way that will ensure that children and young people will have a central role in the process.

Opportunities for Schools

The Arts Council, in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht recently announced that a further 150 schools will be selected to participate in the initiative in the 2019–2020 school year.

  1. Would you like a school you know to be a more creative?
  2. Do you believe the arts help children and young people to thrive in school and in life?
  3. Would you welcome support to develop innovative creative projects in your school?

If your answer is yes to any or all of these questions then read more and apply now to be part of the programme.

About Jane Hayes, Creative Associate


Jane Hayes has an extensive career in communication in the arts and specialises in the delivery of arts-in-education projects and resources and creative encounters for young people. She is passionate about the inclusion of the voice of the child in creative decision making, something that is central to her current role as Creative Associate with the Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools initiative.

Jane works closely with several cultural organisations across the country, including Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, which she is also proud to represent as a Creative Associate.