Ardscoil na Mara, Tramore, Co. Waterford 2024

Ardscoil na Mara 5th year students enjoyed their Creative Engagement Project experience painting landscapes with artist Declan O'Meara. They held an exhibition of their work in the Tramore Coastguard Cultural Centre. 

St. Jarlath’s College, Tuam, Co. Galway 2024

St. Jarlath's College, Tuam have completed their Creative Engagement Project. "We worked with the mosaic Artist Nathalie EI Baba with a 2nd year Art group. We looked at plans, discussed ideas and the processes involved in making mosaics. Nathalie is the most wonderful...

Laurel Hill Secondary School, Limerick 2024

Laurel Hill Secondary School in Limerick have completed two print making workshops with Artist Declan O Meara. It was an amazing and creative experience for all. Artist: Declan O'Meara Teacher: Marie Madden

Coláiste Muire Máthair, Galway 2024

Here are a selection of photographs from our bodhran making workshop, held in the Pastoral Centre, Newtownsmith, Galway with TY's from Coláiste Muire Máthair Galway and adult service users of St Joseph's Training Centre Galway.  The workshop took place over 4...

St Michael’s Holy Faith Secondary School, Finglas 2023

St. Michael's Secondary School in Finglas have finished a beautiful Creative Engagement Project for 2023 talented Transition Year students worked with potter Pat Rafferty to create the the final Ceramic work about the essentiality of the Bees🐝 for...

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St Brendans Community School, Birr. CE 2014

St Brendans Community School, Birr. CE 2014

The short documentary was devised and produced by  Transition Year Students from St. Brendan's Community School,  Birr, Co. Offaly during a three day workshop  with Michael Fortune in January 2014.    

Portlaoise College – Creative Engagement Showcase 2014

Portlaoise College – Creative Engagement Showcase 2014

  Forgotten Famine People of the Queen’s County: 1845 - 1850 Portlaoise College TY class of 2014 are proud to present a documentary film that rolls back the mists of time and tells the tragic story of the Great Famine in Laois. In August 1845, potato blight...

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Creative Engagement Exhibition

Creative Engagement Exhibition

Minister Jimmy Deenihan pictured  at the Creative Engagement exhibition in Collins Barracks  October 11 2012. The second national exhibition of Creative Engagement NAPD will be held in The National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin October, 5 2013

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It is an arts-in-education programme.  This entails an artist or artists coming into the school to work with the students. A creative engagement happens when a local artist or  arts  group comes into the school and imparts their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to the students.  This partnership has mutual benefits to both artist and school. Creative Engagement programme encompasses the arts in its broadest manifestation, from the visual arts to music, from theatre to dance and all the arts in between.

The Creative Engagement programme strives to encourage creativity, initiative and expression in our students and to complement curricular learning in the arts , heritage and culture.  NAPD envisions an education system energised through the arts and where creativity is a core activity in the post primary curriculum.   The NAPD Arts Culture and Heritage committee celebrates its twenty fourth anniversary this year 2023.  The Arts Culture and Heritage committee has been  administering the Creative Engagement programme in schools since 2005.