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A project „IDEAlaboratory: how to integrate contemporary art and art education“ will start in the framework of Eksperimenta!

In August 2010 a project „IDEAlaboratory: how to integrate contemporary art and art education“ is launched in the framework of Eksperimenta!“. Seven Eksperimenta! partner schools from Estonia, Latvia, Finland and Portugal will take part of the project: Sally Stuudio, Children Art School of Tartu, Janis Rozentals Riga Art High School, Vantaa Art School, Sara Hildén-Academy, Viriato High School, Alves Martins High School. The project is financed by the EACEA Comenius programme.

The aim of the project „IDEAlaboratory“ is to create an open and sustainable platform for learning and exchanging ideas and the best practices in art education. Bringing the hot topics of contemporary art into school lessons, developing up-to-date art curricula and methodology of art education are among the issues to be discussed.

The project is looking for solutions to the problems which are prevailing in art education in many countries all over Europe. As is proved by numerous studies in the field of art education, art education congresses and discussions between the project partners, the art educators face similar problems: lack of skills and knowledges in the field of contemporary art which causes lack of motivation to teach it; necessity to work out good methods for teaching contemporary art; importance to connect art education more with the life style of young people, by using more ICT-based methods and integrating art with other subject and important social issues. „IDEAlaboratory“ will create a sustainable network between art educators in Europe, which will allow the exchange of good experiences and experiment with new ideas and methods in collaboration. Students from the partner countries are tightly connected into the process.

Six workshops dealing with important issues in contemporary art will be conducted in parter countries. The workshops will deal with the issues of climate and environment; community and social acceptance; cultural heritage and borders between young and professional art. For to allow even wider exchange of experiences and to initiate public discussion, the parters will create a web platform, where art educators from all around the world can exchange the best practices in the field of (contemporary) art education, can learn from other’s experiences and exchange ideas.

The project „IDEAlaboratory“ supports the conduction of Eksperimenta!

Press release by: Jane Remm, Eksperimenta! coordinator, +372 641 8518, [email protected]

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