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Educating for the Present – School year 2017/18
Educating for the Presen is an education project designed by Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and the Regione Toscana for upper secondary schools, consisting of thematic debates on contemporary art and culture held free of charge directly in the classroom. The initiative is supported by Publiacqua e Water Right Foundation.
Contemporary art can be a tool for reflecting on such crucial issues in today’s world as the environment and landscape, democracy and participation, cultural identity in the era of global connectivity. In exploring the work of contemporary artists, students have an opportunity to debate and to interpret the phenomena that forge the society we live in today, thus stimulating their critical skills as young adults and citizens.
Educating for the Present allows schools to take a fresh look at the contemporary world.
HOW IT WORKS
The scheme consists of three themed debates on the relationship between art and environment and resources, democracy and participation, identity and transformation. Teachers choose one or more themes to be addressed in classroom debates each lasting two hours. The debates are moderated by professional educators with expertise in the art field and can be conducted either during schooltime or outside school hours from October 2017 to June 2018.
The scheme, which is free of charge, is offered on a first-come-first-served basis due to limited availability.
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THE ENVIRONMENT AND RESOURCES
Such environmental protection issues as pollution, water resource management, sustainable consumption, alternative energy sources and climate change have become front-page news in the past few decades. Artists have embraced these issues in projects focusing afresh on the relationship between art, the environment and our collective responsibility.
DEMOCRACY AND PARTICIPATION
Democratic mechanisms safeguarding freedom and equality, the clash between the public good and the private sphere and the social role of art lie at the heart of a debate on the concepts of power and participation. The works of those artists who take a critical look at the issue become a tool for encouraging us to boost our awareness of our role as citizens.
IDENTITY AND TRANSFORMATION
In everyday parlance and in messages circulating in the media, society is often defined as a constantly changing entity. Within this scenario of change, identifying our past with its traditions and with the area we live in is perceived as a kind of defence against the risks involved in change. The activity hosts a debate on the concepts of identity and culture as seen through the eyes of today’s artists.
Educating for the Present is realized in collaboration with
INFORMATION and RESERVATIONS
Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi
T. (+ 39) 055 3917137 (Mon–Thu 9.30–13.30, 14.30–18.00)
Debates can be conducted either during schooltime or outside school hours from October 2017 to June 2018.