The Arte y Escuela (Art and school) conference was a public event as part of a first person research process developed for the Daniel & Nina Carasso Foundation. In July 2018, a total of 30 projects that had developed shared artistic practices in schools across Spain, came together in Medialab Prado (Madrid). The different sizes (including projects by large cultural institutions such as MACBA or CA2M as well as family and collective initiatives in much smaller locations) and approaches of each project enabled the creation of mechanisms that explain and give value to the lessons learned from processes of mediation between art and formal education.
Using Hackcamp’s proposed methodology and having conducted preliminary research on the participants, the work groups addressed general ideas about the methodologies and content often used in these types of projects as well as specific questions about the format of “artist residencies in the classroom”, the financial sustainability of the projects and relationships that emerge in the educational community (families and faculty). For two and a half days around five work shop tables, mechanisms were created that were then presented publicly to an extended community of more than 100 people. Requiring the groups to present their results to the public ensured that everyone debated about shared common ground and set their individual needs to the side. In addition to producing audiovisual and graphic documentation, the conference also created a blog in El Diario de la Educación with reports expanding on the content of the conference and a publication that compiled results, putting everything we have learned into writing, sparking the dissemination of the presented knowledge.
Over the last 5 years, Arte y Escuela have started developing projects more regularly. Now it is necessary to create a framework that highlights these proposals and the related lessons learned with the clear intention of elevating the number of artistic practices in schools. As an active subject of this research project, ZEMOS98 brings a vision and understanding of expanded education as a proven tool for identifying artistic practices that pursue diversity, focus on anti-colonialism and generate education improvements, while avoiding the stigma of a neoliberal understanding of creativity as a tool of educational innovation.