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Arts Education


Arts in Education Working Group

ELIA’s working group on Arts in Education, has been looking at how art, design and the performing arts are being taught at primary and secondary school across Europe and is engaged in the discussion on curricula and the creation of a European Area of Education and Culture by 2025. In 2019, the working group provided input to a joint advocacy action by ELIA and AEC. This was specifically related to the recommendations on key competences and Lifelong Learning developed by the Council of Europe. The key intervention of the group was to call (successfully) for the inclusion of the ‘A’ in STEAM in this recommendation.

A great amount of research, data, and analyses has been collected in the past two years, supported in great part by the team at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. In addition to its work in educational and cultural politics, often jointly with colleague network AEC, the group would like to concentrate its focus in the coming years on areas of more immediate impact to Higher Arts Education and hence ELIA’s member institutions, such as ‘Lifelong Learning’ and ‘Teacher training’.

The working group will host an online session for the members at the ELIA Biennial (Digital) Conference 2020.


Working group Members:

  • Barbara Bader (chair), Stuttgart Academy of Fine Arts, (since April 2020)
  • Marjanne Paardekooper, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, (Chair, until April 2020)
  • David Crombie, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht
  • Christine Pybus, CIT Crawford College of Art and Design
  • Mara Raţiu, University of Art and Design Cluj-Napoca
  • Sara Burkhart, Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design
  • Miriam Schmidt-Wetzel, Zurich University of the Arts
  • Maria Hansen, ELIA