"The education system is facing new challenges that call for more creativity, mobility, flexibility and transparency," said Analytical Center expert Inna Karakchieva, speaking at the National Interdepartmental Education Forum 'The Heritage of Russia. Folk Art and Culture for Children', where she made a presentation on Art as a central component in education and a development resource.
All our life is steeped in cultural artifacts and art objects, Ms. Karakchieva stressed. Artists, writers, architects, musicians build creative spaces while the engagement of people in art takes new forms and evolves. Thus, as science and technology advance they give people more opportunities to engage in creative pursuits and the demands of the public increase accordingly, while the value of mass-produced items is decreasing with more emphasis being put on customized designs and solutions.
According to the expert, both the priorities and the very concept of teaching Art change in these conditions. Now focused on self-actualisation and creativity, it must be viewed through the prism of the range of options that it offers. Apart from performance and visual forms of art (which include painting, drawing, sculpture, photography etc.), it's important that such new areas as the art of media, the art of design and others, should be featured in the concept as well.
As the economy is getting digitized at a faster pace, revising the concept-based ideas for teaching the subject area of Art becomes ever more relevant, because people are now increasingly looking not so much at specific products but rather at ideas that must be communicated to the consumer in the right way, allowing for them to be properly presented and promoted for subsequent monetization and the development of society. In effect, the new creative economy is now generating a new kind of added value in the digital economy, boosting the competitiveness of both the products made and the services provided, and the country as a whole, Ms. Karakchieva believes.
It's becoming ever clearer that we're now dealing with a situation where art and culture intertwine to create new social traditions. In these conditions, the development of Art as a subject of study and instruction only as an elective additional course can lead to a number of serious problems: from failure to appreciate the value of our cultural heritage to the emergence of traditions that are at odds with the fundamental values of our society.
"Today's forum has clearly demonstrated that the domestic industry of goods for children is several steps ahead of our educational programs with both the goods and services meeting all relevant standards of quality and safety," Ms. Karakchieva said. "All the stakeholders attending the forum say they are ready to cooperate with educational partners and we need to raise the issue of what entry and cooperation mechanisms can be employed in this network partnership."