The 5th ELIA Leadership Symposium is closed now.

ELIA and the organizers team would like to thank delegates, speakers and the staff of Emily Carr for making this event a success. With almost hundred participants coming from 20 different countries, the 5th ELIA Leadership Symposium took place 7-9 December in Vancouver, hosted by the Emily Carr University of Art + Design. During three days, speakers such as Douglas Coupland, Butch Morris, Meredith Davis and Ken Lum have inspired the delegates in keynotes and engaged in invigorating discussions.

On the conference blog, there is extensive reporting on the discussions and topics of the Leadership Symposium by Emily Carr students, giving you a fair overview of what's going on in Higher Arts Education. In the next weeks, the video recording of the sessions and more pictures will be posted on this website. There are many pictures as well in the image gallery. A final report will be published in the coming months.

W/Here: Contesting Knowledge in the 21st Century brings together leaders from higher arts education institutions and universities across the globe for an important and timely discussion on the changing role of art education today. Arts and design education in the 21st Century has been transformed. For institutions what is at stake is a shift in the function of learning, where the skills developed are not based on the delivery of knowledge, but on the fostering of collaboration, networking, play and stimulation. Within this context, the event will address important strategic challenges faced by cultural institutions in the midst of transition, with a particular focus on leadership, succession and new pedagogical perspectives.

W/HERE is committed to creating a generative environment of conversation, building towards outcomes that will have tangible effects for today’s higher arts education institutions and universities. Through a combination of formal presentations and round table discussions, W/Here will provide an opportunity to share strategies and models for addressing the role of the 21st Century arts and design university. Social Media will be integrated into all aspects of the programme, and through a variety of digital platforms, the event will enhance participation and exchange. Graduate students will engage delegates throughout the Symposium through a variety of activities.

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