How artists can support teachers, parents and carers to engage with young people in the creative arts?

Monday 30 May 2022

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Although more and more scholars are researching the link between youth well-being and the creative arts, there is a lack of research that focuses on the role that artists play in helping teachers and parents engage young people in the creative arts.

The research carried out within the ArtEd project explores the benefits and obstacles that stand in the way of artists’ work in the education sector in six European countries (England, Iceland, Germany, Greece, Italy and Austria). We invite you to read it at the following link https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/chso.12580 free of charge and open to all.

The results of the focus groups conducted in the project partner countries were analysed to explain how creativity is understood in different school contexts. Our study highlights the need to enhance the creative arts at national and transnational level, to help teachers overcome certain barriers and use the full potential of the creative arts in schools, promoting students’ well-being.

The ArtEd project stems from the need to provide effective tools to stem the increase in mental health problems of young people in Europe: before the pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a significant increase in mental health disorders among young people: 29% of 15-year-old girls and 1з% of 15-year-old boys felt down more than once a week (WHO,  2018). We know well that the pandemic has only aggravated this situation: according to the report of the International Labour Organization (2020), COVID-19 has interrupted the education of more than 70% of young people due to the closure of educational institutions.

By transferring artists’ knowledge and skills to school and home settings, ArtEd intends to demonstrate how engagement in the creative arts can help young people experience greater well-being through more authentic involvement in learning (Stephenson & Dobson, 2020). The project draws on the experience of tantз artistsз (visual and expressive) operating in the six partner countries: England, Iceland, Germany, Greece, Italy and Austria. During the initial planning and research phase, focus groups were held in each partner country with key stakeholders, including teachers, parents and artists. To find out more, we invite you to read the results of the research, wishing you a good read. For more information on the ArtEd project or to collaborate with us, write an email to Martina Romano at martina.romano@cesie.org.

About the project

ArtEd – Developing creative learning opportunities for young people across Europe is a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme that began in November 2020 and was coordinated by Tom Dobson and Lisa Stephenson from Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University (https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/ ).

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For further information

Read more about ArtEd, visit the website www.arted-eu.org and follow us on Twitter.

Contact Martina Romano: martina.romano@cesie.org.

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