INTERNATIONAL CREATIVE EDUCATION NETWORK (ICENET)
Interacta is the founding member of The International Creative Education Network (ICEnet) - a worldwide network that aims to connect artists and creative professionals and encourage the spread of best practice and knowledge sharing among practitioners and organisations with an interest in unlocking the creativity of children and young people.
The network now meets regularly across Europe to discuss and explore solutions to the common issues and challenges faced, not only by ICEnet members but also those of the wider international community. In addition, a website – http://icenet.ning.com/ – provides resources, discussion boards and highlights funding and partnership opportunities.
Cultural and Creative Education
The Leonardo-funded partnership project “Training Requirements and Key Skills for Artists and other creative practitioners to work in participatory settings“(TRaKSforA).
This brings together organisations from across Europe to develop a Self-Assessment Competency Framework (SACF) for use by artists and other creative professionals working in participatory settings (such as schools, hospitals, community centres, youth centres, cultural houses, etc.) to specifically define the set of professional skills artists need to successfully develop the creative and transversal skills of the communities they work with. The SACF also provides a common referential point for professional development of artists across member states and enables work on improvement of training and development opportunities of artists and creative professionals across EU.
The project involves partners from eight countries: UK, Czech Republic, Hungary, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Belgium and Croatia, with other partners supporting the project work, and is taking place between August 2013 and July 2015.
The team which started in 1999 setting up numerous interactive, multimedia educational exhibitions for children and youth and creating educational projects for informal learning as a part of the Children's Museum Project, is now continuing to work on new cultural pedagogy that emphasizes the educational role of the museums, development of the creative channels of communication with visitors and new ways of creative interpretations of museum content using works of art, museum objects, exhibitions, studies on education at the museum, workshops and other aspects of public services to educate visitors.
As a part of this project, in January 2013, Interacta has started intensive presentation of proposal for creative and cultural education strategy for key stakeholders consisting of roundtable discussions and individual meetings with representatives of referent ministries, educational authorities, artists and cultural professionals. Also, in cooperation with The Institute for International Relations, it has commenced program of educational workshops for vocational development, education and training for staff working in cultural, educational and business organizations. The part of this program designed for principals, primary and secondary-school teachers and school-counsellors is included in in-service training of Croatian Education and Teacher Training Agency. The aim of the program is to develop new educational and cultural methods and strategy for cultural and creative education, arts and cultural participation, cultural inclusion and social cohesion in formal and non-formal education.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Multidisciplinary project School Without Schools, initiated by the Interacta and the Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art. The project encompass multiple activities and events, including workshops, lectures, practical exercises and exchanges of experience, as well as the thematic exhibition School Without Schools. With this project we would like to open a space for discussion on possibilities for education that employ approaches of inclusive learning and teaching to develop intuition, creativity and innovation as essential elements of society of knowledge development in the 21stcentury. We also aim to question the generally accepted educational models, especially from the perspective of practices of museums and cultural institutions as well as to explore the programs, strategies and pedagogic terms that penetrate the fields of culture and museums, leading to better educational standards, creating the conditions for sustainable competitiveness in knowledge and creating space for developing transversal competences.
The strategy of development of creativity in primary and secondary education
Initiative and coordination of the development strategy of creativity in primary and secondary education through the arts area that includes visual culture and art, music culture and the art, film and media culture and the art, drama and art culture, art of movement and dance. The initiative aims to develop creativity in primary and secondary education and to creation of long-term resources for creative and innovative society, developed culture, art, science, cultural literacy and self-awareness, as well as for high value-added economy.