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What has inspired Age of Artists in the last month? Exciting, entertaining and controversial findings from the world wide web. Things that attracted our attention:

Last month was all about education. “STEM to Steam” It´s not left brain or right brain... is the headline of Greg Watts article. He is the dean of the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas and writes about his thoughts on the focus on STEM too: “Many of us are familiar with the educational focus on learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, commonly known as the STEM disciplines. This “movement” in education has helped parents and students to better understand the importance of market-ready skills.” Read the whole article.

Another aspect of education is how creativity is integrated in our school-system. The German magazine DER SPIEGEL shows an extraordinary model: The school Weierheide is perhaps the only school in Germany, were creativity is a school subject for the grades eight to ten. Read (German only) more about the reasons, the feasibility and the impact of this concept.

The critical article Exposing the creative industries fallacy, written by Justin O’Connor (cultural activist and currently Professor of Communications and Cultural Economy at Monash University) has caught our attention. Published at he starts with the thesis: “The idea of creative industries is based on an economy that has no way to count the things that matter.” Read his thoughts on this topic.

Some people might think that engineering and art are counterparts. So what happens when you put artists and technologists together? This is what the NY Times explores using an example from way back.  Read more.


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