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  AUGUST 27, 2020

ELIA Newsletter August 2020

Back into the Swing of Things

Hear from ELIA Executive Director, Maria Hansen who looks forward to a new academic year after a well-earned summer break. The ELIA team are busy with all things Biennial. 

August is usually the time when our members are getting back into the swing of things. The Nordic countries will already have been back to work for a few weeks, others are only starting their semesters far into October. Whatever it may be for you, we hope that you were able to have a true break after a complicated and difficult Spring period. Coming back, though, will be nothing compared to what it used to be. Many of our members are establishing education online in earnest, others are equipping campuses to be corona-proof and likely, many of your exchange students will not be coming this year. The ELIA team wishes all our members well in navigating this new and sometimes unclear trajectory.
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ELIA Biennial 2020 Programme Launch

With over 40 presenters confirmed ELIA Biennial 2020 will be an online extravaganza designed to energise and kindle international connections and ignite collaboration. In partnership with Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK, thought leaders from the arts and academia, teachers and students, producers and practitioners will explore the brightest, boldest transdisciplinary ideas and practices.
We're delighted to announce that ELIA Biennial 2020 programme will be launched at the beginning of next month and we will be hosting a special virtual launch event on 10 September for ELIA members. Save the date - we will keep you posted.


21 September (14:00 – 18:30 CEST) & 22 September (14:00 – 17:30 CEST)

For many years and in many countries artistic research has oriented towards the sciences and humanities. The art-science exchange has dominated the idea of research, and artistic fields have tried to relate/adopt/adapt for better or worse, to academic traditions.
During this event we ask how different artistic disciplines and fields are dealing with the idea of research. What are the qualities, methods and formats currently used? We will look at strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats and ask where the difficulties lie. Register here

Call for Nominations to the Representative Board

Would you like to contribute to ELIA’s strategic direction and governance, playing your part in making the network even stronger? Consider our call for nominations to the Representative Board. Perform a crucial role in the future of our international dynamic creative community. The deadline for nominations is 1 October 2020 and our General Assembly will take place a few days after the ELIA Biennial on 24 November 2020. Read more

ELIA Rejects Racism and Systemic Discrimination

The worldwide protests for Black Lives Matter have given rise to a broader debate and discussions about systemic discrimination. The educational community has been part of this debate, as privilege, lack of access and hatred have become the subject of important and often uncomfortable conversations between educational leaders and students, teachers and staff.

Many of our members have issued statements and some of you have asked us to help put these topics on the agenda within the Higher Arts Education community. This we will do. For thirty years now, one of ELIA’s objectives has been to encourage cultural diversity and foster communication between cultures.

We reject racism and systemic discrimination. ELIA’s current Representative Board made diversity and inclusion an explicit priority when it started in 2019 and you will find this to be one of the strategic priorities in ELIA’s strategic focus 2021 – 2024. ELIA members will discuss these priorities at the General Assembly in November. We need our members to join with us in making this commitment concrete.

How have these conversations been taking place in your institution? We invite our members to submit their stories and outcomes. Please email irene.garofalo@elia-artschools.org, and help us work on a more detailed piece about racism and systemic discrimination within Higher Arts Education. 


Survey on Gender Issues and #METOO 

ELIA is part of the EU-funded project SHIFT which aims to create a shift in the competencies of cultural leaders, with regards to three of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: climate change; gender equality; and inclusion of minorities. 

Our colleagues at IETM - International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts are the leaders of the gender equality strand, which has a particular focus on the aftermath of #METOO for the culture sector. ELIA invites all our members to complete this survey, created  in collaboration with its member Iceland University of the Arts, the Disorderly Women Alliance and IETM. The survey results will be presented on November 17th during one of our Biennial pre-programme events.  All specific information will be kept strictly confidential.
Complete the survey

Rest in Peace Sir Ken Robinson

We are all saddened at ELIA, by the passing of Sir Ken Robinson, a visionary leader in education who impressed the importance of creativity and the arts as a means for continued educational reform. He spoke at the ELIA Biennial Conference in Helsinki in 1998, and was the host at the first ELIA Leadership Symposium at the Getty Center in Los Angeles in 2003. We lost a friend and we know that many of our members will feel the same.

Here are links to some of Ken Robinson’s inspiring TED Talks:
Do schools kill creativity?
Bring on the learning revolution!
How to escape education's death valley


We are very pleased to welcome two new members: Nanyang Techniological University Singapore and the Pedagogical University of Krakow, Faculty of Art. We look forward to connecting and collaborating with you!
Table of Contents

Back into the Swing of Things

ELIA Biennial Programme Launch

Artistic Research Platform Meeting (Online)

Call for Nominations to the Representative Board

ELIA Rejects Racism and Systemic Discrimination

SHIFT Survey

RIP Sir Ken Robinson

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