Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Several schools
Two teacher training centres and a university research institute (Institute of Research in Education Development of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Key objectives of the measure:

From a belief that artistic practices can inspire new tools, new strategies and new behaviours in the classroom, the project engages teachers, artists and students in trying out and discussing new approaches to learning. This good practice helps the target group with


Students: self-expression, individual research.

Teachers: performativity, communication, dialogic speech, authorship.


Students: better perception of abstract concepts, enhanced capacity to relate concepts from different disciplines.

Teachers: constructivist methods of teaching and learning.


Students: respect (for teachers and fellow students), collaboration, pro-activity, responsibility.

Teachers: listening, empowering students.

Scope of the measure:
Nature of the measure:
Main feature of the measure:

It involves collaboration between teachers and artists on the conception and promotion of new tools, strategies and teacher/student relationships in the classroom in order to motivate students and involve them in the learning process, with strong impact on teachers’ awareness and routines, and on students’ engagement, collaboration and motivation.


Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

Developments of skills:


Visual diaries, videos, texts, photographs, performances, games.


Argumentation, invention of plausible scenarios, perceiving multiple meanings of the same words according to context, problem solving, critical analysis.

Reflect upon arts/culture (production as well as perception)

Interpretation, self-expression, interactive play.

Improve relationship with:

- Arts (e.g. visual arts, music, dance, literature, drama) - By promoting ability in visual, sound and movement aspects, as well as linguistic ability.

- Media (e.g. film, television, newspaper, online) - Production of digital content.

- Subculture/different cultures (e.g. hip hop culture, Roma culture, urban culture, immigrant cultures) - Immigrant cultures, urban culture, rap, youth culture.

- Interdisciplinarity: contribution of arts and culture to other non-artistic or noncultural topics (e.g. environment, social climate, social inclusion, health, active lifestyle, sports) - Language, maths, philosophy, biology (secondary level), active citizenship, social inclusion.


Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

Around EUR 50 000 per edition including evaluation and documentation costs;

Staff: one coordinator, one producer, two mediators, ten artists, one evaluator, three researchers, one film crew (per edition);

Several reports, communications and films are published online.

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:

Introduce active collaboration between teachers and artists into the framework of continuous professional development of teachers, focusing on creative and reflective practices, as well as experimentation with alternative pedagogical strategies;

Elaborate a European code of conduct for teachers inspired by the eight key competences for education in the 21st century.

Indicators used to determine impact:
No information available
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
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