In the months of the return to normality and the resumption of school activity, the young pupils will manifest the need to appropriate again their “being a child” and to feel an active part of the group, a process that teachers will have to support and take care of to help them process the detachment from the school suffered and the disorientation experienced in the months of the “virus“. In this direction, Mus-e will be able to pose first in the educational landscape as an educational and social tool, becoming a real lever of change and emerging as an innovative paradigmatic experience where children can recover the pleasure of creating and experimenting through art, as a source of well-being and opportunity to express their emotions and thoughts, helping to give meaning to the disorientation experienced. In a school that will necessarily have to recover its educational role, Mus-e intends to focus on artistic discourse, as a privileged tool to help teachers and children to rework and re-negotiate, through personal and creative storytelling, lived and meanings of what we are experiencing. Art is in fact a medium for reflection: through it you can express and rework thoughts and emotions, accessing the possibility of taking care of the self and the self in relation to others and with others.
The national theme on which the work of local offices will focus will be: “MUS-E: the art of educating to invent”. Mus-e Italia promoting the theme will stimulate its sharing at the different local offices, which in the full freedom of programming will make them the proposal, rereading it individually and declining it on the territory.
Artists will be able to develop innovative educational paths, based on the reversal of the established practice focused on “doing” and artifact as a product, towards a “making” art as a boost to the individual and group creative process: in this perspective, “do Mus-e” can offer itself as a “bridge” to tie the artistic languages to a process of “doing school” broader and aimed at the transversally of “narration”. The creative stimulus from children will be read as a lens of storytelling to further support children’s experiences and experiences and transfer the model to other fields of educational knowledge in school.
Mus-e’s work becomes of specific interest in pedagogical and educational research, because developing a path that is based on artistic experience, means overturning the usual practices to help create a multiple perspective, influencing the way of observing and interpreting reality. During the artistic experience, in fact, the child’s mind is involved in a process of discovery of how and why. This causes the experimentation and discovery of unexpected and daring solutions to open the child’s reality to the possibility of developing creative thinking, as a decentralized look at the world. In a time of uncertainty, emergencies and loneliness, we need even more utopias, overthrows of educational paradigms through art, imagination and fantasy.
In this perspective, the Faculty of Educational Sciences of the University of Bolzano https://www.unibz.it/it/faculties/education/ has signed a collaboration agreement with Mus-e Italia Onlus in order to monitor and investigate the activities stimulated in art laboratories during the A. A. 2020-2021, with a focus on artistic languages as a fundamental model for the cognitive, affective and emotional development of children and professional profiles that will favor the process of storytelling, as a co-constructive process of the experienced reality.
Researchers will also process and read data collected through data triangulation, as well as the consequent construction of a matrix/model that can provide constructive and creative work tracks even in schools with different pedagogical orientations. The analysis of the data involves the systemization of the collected data, the convergence and concatenation between the collected data and re-visitation in the light of the national and international reference literature.
The project concludes with a final phase of evaluation and dissemination, aimed at Mus-e Artists, teachers and university students in a perspective of updating and training.
In agreement with the partners concerned, the project and the results will be collected in a scientific-disclosure publication.