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2030: Designing the future of creative education – round table within the Bilbao Design Week

From LEINN Arts (official European degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation focused on Art and Creative and Cultural Industries) and within the framework offered by the Bilbao Bizkaia Design Week, we created a round table to reflect about the future of creative education.

We had the honor of having Agurtzane Garai (San Telmo Museum), Ane Rodriguez (Tipi) and Libe Mancisidor (Last Tour) as speakers; and Oihane Amurrio (LEINN Arts) moderating.

As context for the round table, the focus of interest was established on the bridge between educational institutions and public-private cultural institutions. As a key element to respond to the need for education in creative industries to generate professional profiles that are part of the industry growth.

In the conversation, we began by defining what creative education is. It was mentioned that the creative education can be discussed from three different perspectives: on the one hand, the invitation to reflect on how creative education is nowadays; on the other hand, what competencies are inscribed within what we call creative education; and lastly, paying attention to which training is needed in the Creative and Cultural Industries.

Regarding the reflection on the importance of creative education in formal and informal pedagogies, creativity and artistic processes were approached from their capacity to generate “oddities”  which are able to fracture reality and imagine and reach new realities.  As well as, understanding the creative processes as an essential tool for the management of the commons.

Emphasis was placed on the current need for professionalization of the sector, linking with personal experiences of speakers such as Ane Rodriguez, who brought to the table the lack of training in education, mediation and artistic processes in her university stage; Agurtzane Garai mentioned the importance of learning “from real  institutions”, in her case, museums, and the importance of putting in practice the theory applied to the reality of the profession; and Libe Mancisidor, affirming the importance of paying attention to emotional intelligence, the ability to listen to oneself´s needs and the ability to set limits, as part of the training content in cultural sectors.

As a conclusion and invitation to future construction, it was pointed out that culture is a way of relating to each other and that there is a  great empowering potential in the act of creating culture with others.

From LEINN Arts we think that it is  essential to continue creating spaces for reflection and learning together with other agents. For this, we believe it is essential to create hybrid unions between university and professional sectors, schools, museums, parents, teachers, etc. to continue contributing to the future of cultural and creative industries.

Speaker´s biographies:

Agurtzane Garai

Graduated in Art History from the University of the Basque Country, expert in dissemination of Cultural Heritage. A museum enthusiast, she has been part of the San Telmo Museum team since July 2005, participating in the process of reflection and comprehensive transformation project of the museum. As head of mediation, she is in charge of coordinating and managing activities and projects of a cultural, educational or social nature, in order to generate new encounters and interactions between heritage, creators and society. This implies establishing a close relationship with the surrounding community and the active search for collaborations and alliances.

Ane Rodriguez

She works on processes linked to artistic practices and cultural mediation, investigating approaches and ways that question the logics that build us individually and collectively.

She has worked with the education team of the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo – CA2M Madrid in 2017 and collaborated with different institutions and cultural associations in community and mediation projects such as Sarean Kultur Elkartea and Donostia Lagunkoia of the Donostia City Council.

Graduated in Fine Arts (UPV-EHU), with a diploma in Curating and organization of contemporary art exhibitions and artistic activities (FIART, Madrid), and a Master’s in Art Education in social and cultural institutions (UCM, Madrid).

Libe Mancisidor

She is responsible for the Last Tour´s education area, leads and coordinates training and knowledge transfer projects in collaboration with other companies and educational agents, and develops new proposals that contribute to deepening the professionalization of the music sector and other Creative and Cultural Industries. Currently, Libe is also a coach and teacher at IED Kunsthal Bilbao.

She has experience accompanying people and teams through learning experiences for self-knowledge, through body ontological coaching and with a systemic perspective. She also brings her 15-year experience in a banking institution, where she has led work teams and acquired skills in business management.

She studied a Law degree with a specialization in economics from the University of Deusto and has a Master in Coaching people and teams at Mondragon University.

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