Beroepskunstenaars in de klas project


Beroepskunstenaars in de klas project

Professional artists in schools project
Country of origin
the Netherlands
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Brief description 

Project in which professional artists are trained to learn how to develop and implement projects for primary schools.

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Full description 

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science set up the bik-project in 2002 to help professional artists supplement their income, to boost the quality of arts education in primary schools and to lower stress amongst form teachers.

The project aimed at training professional artists to develop projects for primary school children and to implement these in cooperation with the class teacher.

The artist completes a one-year individual training course. Alongside didactics and methodology they learn to develop and implement projects within their own discipline(s). The artists also learn how to implement larger projects and to tailor their work to the primary school's needs. Those who successfully complete the training are awarded with what is known as a 'Professional Artists in Schools (bik)' [Beroepskunstenaars in de klas] certificate.

As of the 2009-2010 academic year, the bik training will be offered as a postgraduate course at five art academies in collaboration with five cultural institutions and Kunstenaars&CO, the organisation for artists. These programmes will accommodate 60 artists per year.

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