“The offer of art for children is wide, varied and colorful, and it is good for children to feel and try this breadth. This is why a well-thought-out choice is extremely important,” says Martina Peštaj, editor of the Children’s and Youth Broadcasting Department at TV Slovenia.
Since 2006, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education have been responsible for the development and availability of quality cultural and artistic education programs and projects in all areas of culture and art for various target groups.
Guests in the studio will present more important national projects and platforms, which connect the fields of education and culture and are in support of both professional workers in education and culture, as well as more broadly – everyone who wants to bring the world of art closer to children and is aware of how important it is that culture and art are part of the child’s daily life. They emphasize how important the quality of cultural and educational programs and projects is and why it is necessary to take care of a diverse and age-appropriate offer. Through examples of good practices, they will talk about the importance of the child’s direct contact with artwork and/or artists and what is the added value of the cooperation of educators/teachers and artists.
Is art important for a child?Martin Pest: “Every encounter of a child with art is a special experience. Images excite him, attract him or they reflect and form in him a sense of beauty, of art. He sees colors, hears words and melodies, listens to stories. He watches, experiences emotions and processes them in his free play or inner world. As he sits in the darkness of the hall, there is a very special feeling in him that he takes home and rekindles in his memory again and again. Therein lies the value of art for children, and we would like them to encounter it as soon as they take their first steps. So in a few years they will be really loyal and attentive audience different genres of art, they will enjoy it, critically accept and value it.“
Why thinking about age group categories is so important; what and what kind of art to offer a child at a certain age? Martin Pest: “The offer of art for children is wide, varied and colorful, and it is good for children to feel and try this breadth. This is why it is extremely important to make a thoughtful choice, taking into account the age and level of development, experience with art and the dynamics of the group of children. Meeting children with art that they are ready for, that touches them in a way adapted to them and opens up new possibilities for thinking, talking and recreating, is the most we can wish for. And if we stick to it, children become grateful and devoted audience. So let’s be brave, offer children the art that we believe they should see, adapt the tour to them and their characteristics, and we will surely watch their satisfied faces.”
Darja Štirn: “It is important that educators choose experiences and content, challenges that the child will be able to connect with their contexts, real life, content that is relevant to them. And in this sense, we also choose the type of artistic medium and the form of presentation.“
Who here in Slovenia takes care of the development of cultural and artistic education? Nataša Bucik: “Cultural and artistic education is an area that is at the intersection of education and culture and art, therefore both ministries, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education, have since 2006 systematically taken care of the cooperation and partnership linking of educational institutions and cultural institutions and artists. Our close partner has always been the Institute of Education of the Republic of Slovenia, and now also Andragoški center of Slovenia, the Center for Vocational Education and the Office of the Republic of Slovenia for Youth. In cooperation with professional cultural institutions from all fields of culture, we develop, encourage the development and (co)finance quality cultural and educational projects, programs, activities and content, which enable children and young people, as well as adults, to receive (reading, watching, listening…) , as well as dealing with various fields of art, within the framework of formal and informal of education. Local communities also play an important role here.”
Nada Požar Matijašič: “We place great emphasis on raising awareness among professionals and the general public about the importance of culture, art and creativity for the holistic development of the individual. We are aware that contact with various high-quality cultural contents and activities enriches us, enables us to gain new experiences, encourages us to take a critical view of the world, to discuss differences, prejudices, and especially enables us to get to know the world and respond to it with different languages ‘: word, image, movement, sound, rhythm…”
Lecture with title Quality cultural and artistic education – an important part of a child’s everyday life is taking place within the framework of the B-AIR international project, in the B-AIR cycle LAB, which is co-financed by Creative Europe and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and is part of a series of online seminars, lectures and round tables, intended to open up reflections on the importance of art and imagination, music, creation and listening, and storytelling; for quality child development.