After the World Café conversation, it was time to explore the ‘new sparks’ that participants hoped to move into action. What are the most useful conversations we could have now, together?Seven conversations were convened, and the summaries are shared here.
1. Let’s imagine radical ways to fund art education
Core Points / 3 Ideas:
• 22nd century WPA
• Go for the big money – e.g. casinos, total funding for all students in the community
• Financial independence as core curriculum in art schools
Next Steps: Go directly to…
Government policy makers
City policy makers / planners / local government
Bring business / financial / entrepreneurs / experts into the art school
Contact Person: Helen Maria Nugent, Stephanie Koenig, Maryann Worrell, Chello Sherman
2. What would art education look like without the institutions?
• Atelier system / apprenticeships to a master
• Business teach art – Jeff Haas Rubens?
• Need a safe place to experiment and fail
• Look at non-institutional institutions in post-industrial buildings
• Self-employed artists take on students for fixed terms
• College no longer needs to worry about huge resources
• Lectures are free
Contact Person: Manchán Magan, Timothy Emlyn Jones, Mick O'Dea
3. How can we re-think what research means in art and design?
• There is continual debate on how ‘research’ that is processual can be articulated – need it be always? How? What new models?
• Is the artwork or object, evidence enough?
• Do we have our own unique methods / methodologies that are not borrowed from other fields?
• Search new models
• Take more time – too quick!
• Keep in touch
Contact Person: Rebecca Duclos
4. How can Burren College of Art be a container for universal creativity?
• Clarify message – what is meant by ‘universal creativity’?
• Tell story to world through case studies
• Natural connection, art + ecology – Schumacher College
• Invitation to whoever wants to prototype something in the space
Contact Person: Mary Hawkes Greene
5. How can we use collaboration to help us foster change?
• Valuing the overall ecology over the individual parts in order to achieve balance
• Commitment to shared resources and innovation
• Cultivating and leveraging diversity
• Openness to redefining the boundaries of the (model) field
• Institutional and individual humility is required
• Commit to participatory in an experimental project
• Resources we need are already at hand
• Enlist participants
• Identify projects and parameters
• Just do it!
Contact Person: Deborah Obalil
6. How to mainstream creativity in 2nd level schools?
• System broken – measurement driven
• Unleashing potential – hands-on/experiment
• Periphery needs to become center
• Junior Cycle – Tasters, Life skills, 4 years
• New routes to 3rd level, other levels, 2 yr focus
• Broader assessment metric, class/minister/system – teachers, universities
Contact Person: Martin Hawkes
7. How to take a creative idea from spark to inferno?
• Find the right team
• Find the right structure / model
• Pilot idea before scaling up
• Describe the concept
• Engage partners
Contact Person: Kathy Scott