An exchange between future art educators from Switzerland and from countries of the South Caucasus
In the 'Art Matters' project, prospective art teachers, educated in Universities in Switzerland and the South Caucasus, come together for an exchange; the first one between students from Zurich and Sukhum/i*, the second one between Zurich and Yerevan. In each exchange, the participants discuss didactic and methodological issues with the local tutors and lecture in short internships in the local schools. In addition, representatives of the different city's school authorities meet to discuss their working contexts and options for action and future perspectives.
The main goal of the project is to promote the exchange between young people from two different cultural backgrounds. By comparing pedagogical approaches from very different contexts, the taken-for-granted within one's own culture should become visible. An awareness of the respective cultural heritage in educational approaches as well as ideas on art, should create space for new impulses, for impulses, which can later be passed on in the classroom. An acquaintance with another culture, and the ability to imagine an everyday-life under completely different conditions, constitute an important tool for prospective educators, working in an increasingly multi-cultural society.
2018 Sukhum/i* - Zurich
April 9.-20.: Workshop and practical work in Sukhum/i, Abkhazia*
Sept. 3.-14.: Workshop and practical work in Zurich
2019 Yerevan - Zurich
April 7.-19.: Workshop and practical work in Yerevan, Armenia
Sept 1.-15.: Workshop and practical work in Zurich
* artasfoundation would like to underline that its use of names and titles particularly with regard to the conflict regions should not be construed as implying any form of recognition or non-recognition by the foundation or as having any other political connotation whatsoever.