Applying Arts for Education, Creativity and Innovativeness

NEW ERASMUS+ KA2 PROJECT „Applying Arts for Education, Creativity and Innovativeness" (No. 2019-1-LT01-KA204-060488)
AA4ECI project considers that creative learning needs creative teaching. In the past teachers and educators were told what, when, and how to teach. They were expected to use the same methods as past generations, and any deviation from traditional practices was discouraged.
Nowadays, educators are encouraged to adapt and adopt new practices that acknowledge both the art and science of learning. They recognise that their most important role is to get to know each learner as an individual in order to comprehend his or her unique needs, learning style, social and cultural background, interests, and abilities. In order to be able to do this, educators and training professionals need new learning tools and innovative practices. And the arts and literature can give them this new approach.
The project brings the capacity of 6 organisations – 2 NGOs, 2 private training providers, 1 university and 1 public body, with different background and expertise in the fields of formal and non-formal education from Lithuania, Bulgaria, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Turkey.
Our overall objective is to encourage creative use of literature and fine arts into non-formal and informal education and to equip adult educators and training professionals with hands-on methodology and tools how to apply them into the educational process.
The specific objectives are:
1. Developing a methodology and a ToT handbook for creative use of arts in non-formal and informal adult education and for unlocking creative potential of leaders, decision makers and entrepreneurs;
2. Improving competences and knowledge of adult trainers, educators, human resources
professionals, entrepreneurs and adult learners in general how to use arts for provoking creativity and innovativeness, and for boosting self-development and “out-of-the-box” thinking;
3. Enhancing abilities of training professionals and adult learners to boost emotional intelligence in everyday business solutions and decision making, to explore new opportunities and support entrepreneurship spirit;
4. Creating a non-formal network of professionals in the field of non-formal and informal education to enhance international and intergenerational support and exchange of experience, best practices and lessons learned in the field;
5. Promoting cross-sector and transnational cooperation and exchange of best practices between partner countries, educational and training centres from formal, non-formal and informal education.
Our direct target group are educators (teachers, trainers), tutors, who work in the field of formal, nonformal and informal adult education, HR professionals, coaches and mentors, and formal and nonformal training providers. In addition, we will indirectly support adult learners who want to start a career in a different domain or pursue a new business endeavour; as well as small and micro-sized business entrepreneurs, including social entrepreneurs.
The innovativeness is in the approach we will use to apply arts in the educational process by educators who are not professional artists nor specialists in fine arts and literature.
Our activities include: Development of a Methodology how to apply arts in adult education; identification of 12 universal pieces of fine arts, 18 country specific pieces of fine arts, 12 universal pieces of literature and 18 country specific pieces of literature, which will be used in the educational process, creation of 8 exemplar lessons how to use arts in training and coaching activities, and producing an interactive ToT Handbook in English and all partner languages. In order to test the practical applicability of the Handbook and the lessons, in each project country we will organise one training event and 5 coaching sessions.
The project will be widely disseminated in the project countries through different channels and organisation of 6 local multiplier events.
The impact which we expect is in several directions. From one side - to enrich the knowledge and skills of educators how to apply fine arts and literature in formal, non-formal and informal adult education and to use it for boosting emotional intelligence of their learners and for unlocking their critical and “out-of-the-box” thinking, creative potential and innovativeness. The second aspect is to raise their knowledge about national and European cultural heritage and awareness how to use it for educational purposes. The third aspect is through the project to promote networking between adult educational organizations, training providers, NGOs and public bodies at national and international level to foster successful exploitation of the project outcomes and to improve the quality of the educational process in each partner country.