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#MariaShares: ELIA in Scandinavia!

18 September 2018

Follow the travels and member visits of our ELIA Executive Director, Maria Hansen!

After a well-deserved summer break, it is back to globe-trotting business-as-usual for Maria! She visited Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm in August and September. There, she met with our wonderful ELIA members and had quite a few productive meetings too. 

#MariaShares from Helsinki, 5 September 2018
Great visit to the School of Arts, Design and Architecture at Aalto University in Helsinki for a productive meeting with three other networks in Higher Arts Education (AEC, Cumulus, Cilect), hosted ever so graciously by Eija Salmi. Our meeting coincided with the opening of the new building and gave us the opportunity to meet, and enjoy dinner with many great colleagues from the arts education community. Thank you Eija!

Visit to Helsinki

#MariaShares from Oslo, 11 September 2018
My visit to Oslo was so well filled that it deserves two posts. On Monday, I visited the Norwegian Academy of Music and thanks to AEC President Eirik Birkeland, also met with the leadership of the Norwegian Artistic Research Program (NARP) which surely is a role model for the rest of Europe in their field. Thank you to Cecilie Broch Knudsen for hosting me in her beautiful home and for inviting several us to a dinner in her kitchen to talk about artistic research and collaboration on this topic between ELIA, the AEC and NARP. Stay tuned for more of Oslo!

Oslo, part 1

Tuesday was my day to visit ELIA member KHiO, the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Thank you to rector Jørn Mortensen for taking the time to show me the beautiful Seilduken complex where he and his team offer education in visual arts, design and performing arts to 540 students. I was grateful for our long conversation which touched on KHiO’s challenge of matching ambition to budget but also on the implications of ‘metoo’ which has caused a robust debate at this institution. Tusen takk, Jørn, and I will certainly be back!

Oslo, part 2

#MariaShares from Stockholm, 12 September 2018
Stockholm! Brilliant visit today to the many departments and locations of Stockholm University of the Arts. Thank you Paula Crabtree for taking me around and introducing me to the various heads of departments, all of whom spoke with such passion about their work. Since 9 days this team includes the amazing Josette Bushell-mingo, now head of the department of acting at this art university!

Stay tuned for more #Mariashares as we go to Southern Europe next week and later jump across the pond :-) 

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