The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb


Panel: Cultural and Creative Education – the Education for the Future

Školica: March 5, 2015, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Panel, Cultural and Creative Education – the Education for the Future, represents the start of the multidisciplinary project School Without Schools, initiated by the Interacta association and the Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art.

The project will encompass multiple activities and events, including workshops, lectures, practical exercises and exchanges of experience, as well as the thematic exhibition School Without Schools, which will be defined thorough these work processes regarding its format and content. With the School Without Schools project we would like to open a space for discussion on possibilities for developing new approaches to education, using forms of cultural and creative education that employ approaches of inclusive learning and teaching to develop intuition, creativity and innovation as essential elements of society of knowledge development in the 21stcentury.

The project is a part of a wider international initiative, designed within the project, Training Requirements and Key Skills for Artists and other creative practitioners to work in participatory settings, which aims to directly stimulate the key abilities of artists an creative practitioners working in participatory settings, as well as to indirectly develop the creative potential and competences of communities they are working with.

Starting with the assumption that education and culture (education through culture) have a common and unique role in society, not only serving the development of society, politics and economic prosperity, but also enhancing every individual’s growth, we would like to call attention to new techniques, tools, means, and processes aimed at developing participatory and constructive approach to learning and teaching. Through the integration of existing cultural resources, as well as of the resources from their surroundings, they direct the system of education towards creating a community of culturally competent and creative individuals. This means, before all, that the existing learning programs in formal, as well as in informal, education are to be redirected towards alternative procedures of knowledge creation that complement, subvert or dispute the existing forms, responding to challenges of our, so-called conceptual age (age of creativity, innovation, conceptual thinking, design skills…).

The project coincides with the current initiative to accept a wider national strategy of cultural and creative education, which should serve to emphasize the need for cultural and creative education become an integral part of the reform based on the Strategy of Education, Science, and technology of the Republic of Croatia, as well as of the Integral Curricular Reform of Early, Preschool, Primary and Secondary School Education, which proposes integrating cultural and creative education into the socio-cultural system as a whole.

In this situation, attempting to link the proposed educational reforms to the problems that the EU and the global community are presently facing, museum pedagogues, educators in the field of culture, together with creative practitioners, can offer multiple possibilities for meaningful forms of educational practice that prepares young people, as thinking and informed citizens, to participate in contemporary social, cultural and economic fields. Accordingly, one of the goals of the panel is to question the generally accepted educational models, especially from the perspective of practices of museums and cultural institutions; additionally, one of the aims is to explore the programs, strategies and pedagogic terms that penetrate the fields of culture and museums, leading to better educational standards, creating the conditions for sustainable competitiveness in knowledge and creating space for developing transversal competences.

Through the Panel in the Museum of Contemporary Art, as the partner of the project, we would like to call attention to the insufficient positioning of museums as important educational institutions, i.e. to highlight their crucial role in knowledge creation, as well as to stress the problem of marginalizing culture and creativity in educational processes. We will discuss the following issues: in what way, in present social and economic conditions, museums and other cultural institutions could be positioned as (crucial) places for learning, i.e. as progressive places for fostering knowledge; in what way museums and other cultural institutions contribute to the well-being of young people and their learning, how do they generate knowledge, or, whose is the knowledge that the museums produce; what are the possibilities for museums and other cultural institution to open new spaces for people with different ideas about education, as well as to become places of new educational potential; and, finally, how they can promote a model of creative education.


The Panel (part 1)

10:00 – 11:00

Introduction speeches: Irena Sertić, Interacta, Zagreb; Paul Collard, Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE), Newcastle

11:00 – 11:45

Work in groups

11:45 – 12:00


12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 14:00


The Panel (part 2), Case studies:

14:00 – 14:30

Marija Vukelić: Il piccolo teatro & Le petit theatre - Theatre workshop for learning Italian and French

14:30 – 15:00

Sonja Vuk: Learning through the arts

15:00 – 15:30

Petra Glad: About the performance E = mc2 (I love physics), Zagreb Dance Company

15:30 – 16:30


With the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union.

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