Creative Connections has developed the use of an online art gallery, the Connected Gallery, which includes a multilingual facility that gives new emphasis to the ‘voice of the child’ through art, citizenship and digital media.
Creative Connections is a three-year collaborative research project involving six universities and 24 primary and secondary schools and co-funded by European Commission, Lifelong Learning Programme (Comenius). EACEA-517844. 2012–2014.
Creative Connections explores ways of increasing transnational understanding in Europe’s young people and children. In this innovative project the six partners organization countries have worked work together to give a new emphasis to the ‘voice of the child’ and offers pupils an opportunity to communicate through both, visual and text-based multilingual voices.
The main objective of the project is to explore ways to improve cultural understanding at a transnational level, between young European children. The innovative character is the attempt to give a voice to children through Art activities related to citizenship and digital media.
On the multilingual project website you can find a wide range of easy to use links and resources, from across the Creative Connections European partner countries, to support you in teaching citizenship through art. These include websites that might help you to research your own topic, links to galleries where you can find art images to stimulate discussion and artwork, and a list of useful reading and magazines. http://creativeconnexions.eu/dc/KK01.html
The lesson plans described on the project website provide the teachers with useful examples to enable pupils (9-14 years) to understand common perceptions of personal European identity.
Project website: http://creativeconnexions.eu/
Professor Mary Richardson, from the University of Roehampton, London , UK
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Partners countries: United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Portugal, Ireland, Spain, Finland