INARTdis: "Art and artistic education for all"

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Fostering social inclusion for all through artistic education: developing support for students with disabilities

Project description: The project "INARTdis" examines the possibilities of participation in access to arts and culture for all. The partner for cooperation in Styria is the Universalmuseum Joanneum, Department of Inclusion and Participation, headed by Angelika Vauti-Scheucher. The Austrian evaluation of the National Action Plan on Disability (Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, 2020) also points to the need to expand barrier-free access to cultural institutions, to plan offers of additional outreach projects, and to promote and broaden the cultural participation and activity of people with disabilities. For these objectives, the EACEA project INARTdis (Erasmus+ KA3) is developing research contributions for educational institutions and cultural institutions. Building an inclusive society, open to diversity, with equal opportunities for all, is also one of the main goals of the 2030 Agenda, the international programme for sustainable development promoted by the United Nations in 2015.

Through inclusive museum education, all people, including those with different impairments, can understand the works and contents conveyed and create their own artistic answers. Accessibility in museums is thus not only aimed at in an architectural sense, but also in relation to linguistic, cognitive or psychological barriers. The goal of promoting inclusive education and training as well as social participation is pursued through the support of teachers in educational institutions, the educational staff in museums, through the dissemination of proven inclusive approaches as well as through the longer-term implementation of new inclusive methods of art education.

Current offers and barriers in access to cultural institutions is the starting point. The needs of persons with disabilities and their assistants for an inclusive encounter with art and culture will then be elaborated. Based on these results, special training programmes for barrier-free access to art and culture will be developed, evaluated and implemented for staff in the fields of education and outreach. In July 2023, the project`s end will be celebrated in an inclusive art festival, where the works created in the process will be presented in a public exhibition in the Joanneum Quarter.

More information, research results and materials developed can be found on the website:

Project partners: Free University of Barcelona (project coordination), Pädagogische Hochschule Steiermark, Nordberliner Werkgemeinschaft, University of Cantabria, Institut Politécnico Lisbon and Education for all (Northern Macedonia).

Researchers: Monika Gigerl (PHSt); Mag.a Elisabeth Herunter, Mag.a Karin Gollowitsch, Andrea Holzinger (PHSt)

Duration: 01.12.2020 to 30.11.2023

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Cooperating partners

 Private Pädagogische Hochschule Augustinum  Pädagogische Hochschule Steiermark  Universität Graz 

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