Creative Youth, A Plan to Enable the Creative Potential of Every Child and Young Person, was published in December 2017 as part of the Creative Ireland Programme. The Creative Youth Plan aims to give every child practical access to tuition, experience and participation in art, music, drama and coding by 2022.


The implementation stage of the five-year plan incorporates a number of actions commencing in 2018-2019. These include piloting Scoileanna Ildánaca/Creative Schools; piloting a Creative Clusters Schools Scheme to generate creative cultural and artistic projects; and developing creativity programmes for young people in disadvantaged communities.


Creative Schools is one of the key initiative sin the Plan and is led by the Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The Creative Schools initiative aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives by establishing a range of collaborative opportunities between schools and cultural organisations. Schools will be partnered with a Creative Associate, who will support them in planning and implementing a creative programme for their school. The long term aim is for every school to be supported to fully embrace the arts and creativity.


Following receipt of applications from over 400 schools across the country, 150 schools have been selected to participate in the Creative Schools pilot programme beginning in September 2018. These include primary, secondary, special, DEIS and co-educational rural urban, single-sex and Irish-language medium schools, as well as Youthreach centres.