One year ago, 175 artists, students, educators, and arts administrators gathered at the Park Avenue Armory here in Manhattan for the inaugural edition of Creative Chemistries, a forum and experimental platform that provoked conversation and contemplation on the connection between art and education.
Art21 film screenings, panel discussions, open-form dialogues and artistic experiments all took place over the course of two days, and now, one year later, the entire event can be experienced online on a new Creative Chemistries website.
Anyone looking to learn more about the dynamism and intricacies of arts education can watch videos, read exchanges, and scroll through photos, collecting all the challenges and inspirations Creative Chemistries had to offer as if you had been there yourself. Serving as an timeless resource on creative educational and pedagogical artistic practices, the new website details how this unprecedented symposium catalyzed an extensive exploration and a deeper understanding of the relationship between education and visual art.
Creative Chemistries 2015 was presented with the help of thirty-five phenomenal contributors, all of whom play vital roles as creators, facilitators and educators in their local arts communities. Revisit the event or experience it for the first time, and gather inspiration for your own artistic or educational practice at Art21.org/CreativeChemistries.
Educators interested in bringing more art-thinking into their classrooms are encouraged to apply to Art21 Educators, a year-long professional development initiative and learning community that provides K-12 teachers in any subject area with methods for broadening their curricular focus to include inquiry into contemporary issues and ways of thinking through contemporary art. There’s no fee to apply and applications are open until Sunday, March 20th.