International Turin Card on creativity as a vocation.

The Turin card acknowledges the essential value of training as a process required to acquire the technical, theoretical and project-oriented competences that ensure the development of the creative vocations.

It assimilates and develops into specific directions the guidelines of the Bologna Process, within the framework of the European Space of Higher Education, namely: the will of generating academic quality, economic development and social cohesion; the increment in the mobility of both the teachers and the students; the growth of employment opportunities; the support to research; the collaboration with higher education institutions in other parts of the world.

Starting a process of analysis, dissemination and support of the best training practices within the framework of artistic education means generating innovation processes which should be useful to support of creativity as a cultural and productive investment, thus effectively responding to the wish of the young artists to define their social and cultural identity as well as to the demand for innovation that comes from the most advanced production sectors.

The identity of the artists is nowadays undergoing a process of radical renovation as a result of the new context they have to operate in, which is   often outside those areas that are institutionally appointed to receive, exhibit and preserve art. The observation and definition of the new creative vocations and – at the same time – of the contests they have to interact to is the indispensable premise to promote the transformation of the educational structures, which must be able to respond to the new requirements by means of effective flexible tools.

Offering updated advanced instruments to those who attend artistic education shall therefore mean supporting their works, generating opportunities of exchange with the world of production, widening the occasions for communication and vocational upgrading within a global context.

 

INSTANCES

 

  • Adapting the current training curricula to the needs of the creative vocations, which today call for critically acquired cultural skills, knowledge of languages and of the information tools, understanding of the sector as well as awareness of the national and international legislation.
  • Fostering the multi-disciplinary training by considering the visual arts as a set of practices that involve the utilization of diversified techniques, means of expression and skills which stretch from the traditional processes to the digital ones.
  • Developing the training of professional figures such as the fund raiser and the project manager to deal with the opportunities for promotion; providing the new figures of art operators with corner-to-corner skills so that they can master the indispensable tools for the vocations linked to the exhibition, museum, editorial, communication and public relations activities.
  • Fostering the life-long training of teachers through the implementation of experimental projects, the comparison of best practices, also by creating opportunities for direct meetings with productive and research realities.
  • Encouraging greater interaction between theory and practice.
  • Learning, comparing, producing: promoting the meeting of professionals in art-related sectors (craftsmen, architects, riggers, etc.), who could share their technical and project know-how to the youths, thus transmitting the skills required to produce a cultural asset.
  • Intercepting the entrepreneurial potential of one’s own territory and involving such potential in the training process of the Academies through shared research and experimentation processes, so that the artistic practice enhances as related and thanks to the territory it belongs to, thus building a proximity network.
  • Valorizing the intangible assets and the social value of the cultural action.
  • Strengthening the collaboration with the Higher Culture institutions and with the Universities in order to foster their interaction, with particular reference to the European framework.
  • Consolidating the network of the Academies through institutional certainties that allow its lasting throughout time at both national and international level.
  • Fostering the access to artistic training by the different social statuses (through support programs, scholarships and the like)
  • Identifying forms of public/private funding to be allocated – through calls of tenders or other kinds of selection – to the support of artistic production, with particular reference to the development of artistic projects within the public sphere.
  • Promoting and developing programs for the mobility and internationalization of the artistic and training experiences, thus consolidating the cooperation between cultural and educational institutions and fostering the circulation and exchange of young artists, operators, curators and teachers.
  • Promoting both In and Out residence programs, integrated to the cultural, training and social systems of the hosting territories, thus accelerating the spreading of the ideas, of the training methods and of the projects, while facilitating the contact with the local communities, with the public and with the different components of creative production as well as of the art market.
  • Creating a structured program of exchanges at national and international level, thus fostering the birth of an Erasmus dedicated to the themes of artistic creation.
  • Facilitating the meeting between demand and offer, i.e. between artists and enterprises – including the networks the latter are associated to – to generate a virtuous system of mutual usefulness.
  • Helping the artist affirm his/her professional role through the identification and clear standards and the investigation of inducements in favor of the emerging artists (e.g. dedicated forms of tax relief, facilitation of the administrative procedures, orientation consultancy, legal support and so on).
  • Creating a series of easily accessible tools that can boost the promotion of the artistic individualities (e.g. potential offered by the Web, database connections and so forth…).


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