Koleva, Petya
The Netherlands
B.66 | Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 12:00 - 12:30, Room B1
Innovation in higher arts education
I would hereby like to apologise for a delayed abstract submission to the congress of the Art Education Research and Development. It has been due to an intensive work period on a project that investigates Innovation in Higher Arts Education that I have missed the deadline which was marked in my calendar. As I believe that the theme under discussion of is of high relevance to several of the topics of the symposium. I would hereby like to propose to your attention a short abstract. I propose to present the final outcomes of a research project in HAE traditions and innovation in Europe. The three year project (2004 - 2007) for which I am a project management consultant of the European League of Institutes of the Arts is co-sponsored by the European Commission and had 65 partners in 36 countries. The working group of strand three in inter}artes entitled its project Tradition of the New. This aim was to denote a heart-felt European consciousness of continuous artistic traditions that trace various aesthetic modes, creative practices, cultural histories and artistic skills that belong to higher arts education in Europe. Higher arts education in Europe innovates its structures and visions on training professionals for the cultural sectors, the competitive creative industry and arts education sectors. This is being demonstrated by the eight arts discipline case studies conducted by the Working Group. Results have already demonstrated that Higher arts education institutions in different European regions appear aware of the need to train artists versatile in the changed cultural scene. The new arts professionals will communicate with musea and galleries on a running basis and have a say in defining the contact with the public and the impact of their cultural product. European arts schools are experimenting with new curricula that offer a choice of advanced artistic skills. They also provide specialised traditional skills courses such as those particular to stone sculpture of printing as a tradition available in European institutions. Arts practices that relate to multi-cultural, digital and post-industrial European societies have been brought into the learning mode of the institutions so that graduates can use their skills creatively and transfer relevant knowledge from one area to the other. The established Design schools in Europe are shifting agenda in training artistic skills for the new professionals. The production system affected by designers impacts the social fabric; the local, regional and global economy, the sensibilities of cultural communities and of consumers. European Theatre traditions may be enriched by research in the archaic performance techniques of European civilizations. Tuning knowledge as a space between the natural and social order into an interlocking processes has do to with performativity of movement, colour as well as spoken words and tonal structures. Innovation in research of the arts traditions of Europe is thus becoming accessible to arts students. The presentation I propose will discuss project outcomes that will be summed up in a publication entitled Innovation Arts and Culture, due for dissemination in June 2007. In addition to providing analysis of higher arts education innovation in Dance, Design, Fine Arts, Film, Theatre and Opera and interdisciplinary training the publication will speak about cross-sector collaboration. (...)
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