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New funding to help schools experience the Arts

As part of the Lead Creative Schools Scheme, the Arts Council of Wales has launched a new funding stream to allow schools to apply for small one-off grants of up to £1,000 to fund visits to arts events in galleries, theatres, arts centres and other venues. The ‘Go and See’ scheme will enable more students to attend performances, exhibitions, and to experience arts professionals developing and creating their work.

The Experiencing the Arts Fund also includes a second strand entitled Creative Collaborations. As the name suggests, this will bring schools and cultural organisations together to work on innovative projects that will be sustained for up to an academic year.

Diane Hebb, Director of Engagement and Participation, Arts Council of Wales said:
We have had fantastic feedback from both the schools and creative practitioners who have been taking part in the Lead Creative Schools Scheme to date. It goes to show that using innovative, creative teaching techniques can really engage pupils in learning and spark their imagination. This new strand will provide children and young people with opportunities to go ‘one step further’ in their explorations of creative, cultural and arts experiences.

Also launched today is the digital Creative Learning Zone that has been created to widen access to the arts, culture and heritage by improving communications. It provides a networking area for schools and arts organisations to collaborate; showcases the overall arts, culture and heritage offer; hosts case studies from lead creative schools; provides a repository of teaching and learning resources and will help schools to timetable arts activities more effectively by providing a central events calendar.
Huw Lewis, Minister for Education and Skills said:
Arts and creativity are potent tools to inspire and engage. Whether in a literacy, numeracy or science lesson, they can unlock novel and exciting ways of thinking and doing for young people. I believe that collaboration, between schools and the arts sector, is key to getting these new approaches into classrooms across Wales. The new creative learning zone on Hwb, which goes live today, is a collaborative venture between the Welsh Government and Arts Council of Wales which gives teachers and arts, culture and heritage professionals a central digital hub to forge stronger links and form partnerships.

Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism added:
All schools will be able to take advantage of the versatile functions of the new creative learning zone. It showcases the fantastic work that is already happening in our schools, and aims to inspire others to take advantage of the fantastic array of arts, heritage and cultural opportunities in Wales.

Creative Collaborations projects will be selected twice a year for grants of up to £25,000, while Go and See grants can be offered throughout the year.

Further information on Creative Learning through the Arts visit their website

For more information on the Creative Learning zone please contact Lynsey May at the Welsh Government 029 2089 8564 / Lynsey.may@wales.gsi.gov.uk
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