About

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'Permission to Wonder' is a 3 year project, funded by the european union erasmus+ programme. 

Leargas is the organisation in Ireland that manages EU Commission funding. 

‘Permission to Wonder’ revolves around visual arts learning. It aims to support educators from local arts and education communities to test the Visual Thinking Strategies method to enhance learning with visual arts.  The title of the project is taken from the writings of Philip Yenawine, Co-Founder of VTS, who describes the intention of offering time, space and permission to wonder:

“Maybe posing the question is the point. A child looks around her, and when she notices something she can’t fathom, she asks about it. Our explanations don’t suffice because, I believe, what she really wants from us is to know if it’s okay to be puzzled and curious. She wants permission to wonder.”

https://www.utne.com/arts/learning-how-to-teach-with-art-ze0z1311zbla

http://www.dublincityartsoffice.ie/supporting-communities/programmes-for-children-young-people/visual-thinking-strategies

http://www.dublinscultureconnects.ie/permission-wonder-eu-lab/

http://www.valokuvataiteenmuseo.fi/en/projects/permission-wonder-visual-thinking-strategies

 
 

Educators

 

The Educators participating in the Erasmus Plus project are teachers, artists and museum education staff.

 

As the partners in the project is a mix of organisations with teaching and art museum backgrounds, so too are the educators. A feature of the project will be developing opportunities for schools to use cultural institutions such as art museums as places of learning.

 

The Permission to Wonder project understands educators to be from early years settings; primary school classroom teachers; secondary school (art) teachers; and art educators (freelance museum and gallery educators, including teaching artists).

 

The role of ‘Educator’ involves taking part in the first European-funded Visual Thinking Strategies training programme – Beginners, Advanced and Coaching Practicums with Yoon Kang O’Higgins, VTS Programme Director, USA. Educators implement VTS practice after each practicum (4-6 sessions) with a group of students in an assigned Associate school.  They are actively testing VTS as a new teaching practice tool in the classroom / gallery setting reporting into the  evaluation and research process, co-ordinated by VTS Nederland. Educators gain access & exchange with an expanding international network o educators committed to VTS as a cutting edge art education practice. 

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Partners

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Ireland

Dublin City Council is the largest Local Authority in Ireland. The City Council provides a wide and diverse range of services to the citizens of Dublin city, to businesses and visitors to the city. Dublin City Arts Office recognises the unique and transformative role of Art in the life of everyone. The role of Dublin City Arts Office in the project is one of both coordinator and Project Manager .

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Slovenia

THE SLOVENIAN ASSOCIATION OF FINE ARTS SOCIETIES is a professional association of fine artists in Slovenia and one of our oldest fine art societies. The association has had a strong impact on Slovenian art scene, it was the initiator of the establishment of the National and the Modern gallery and the Academy of Fine Arts; from 1985 the Association is the publisher of fine art magazine, the Art Words, the only Slovenian professional fine art magazine. The Association with 700 members consists of 9 regional associations from Slovenia, is a service for their artists.

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Denmark

Muserum creates museum settings for children's own culture that empowers the visiting young audiences and provide them with keys to understanding the world that surrounds them and that they are a part of and give them tools to express themselves in various ways. Muserum wishes to show youngest audiences and their adults that museums are temples of inspiration that inspire us to become more curious, knowledgeable, grounded, creative and happy.

 
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Finland

The Finnish Museum of Photography is Finland's national specialized museum for photography. Through exhibitions, collection management, education, research, and a wide range of public and community programmes, the museum strives to promote and foster photographic art and culture in Finland. Founded on the initiative of Finnish photography organizations, the museum opened its doors in 1969 and is one of the oldest photography museums in Europe.

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Spain

CREA 360 is a Spanish SME that was born in 2013 in Cocentaina (Comunidad Valenciana-Spain). Nowadays is based on 5 young technician specialized in local development and territorial innovation. Its work is focused on Local/Regional public authorities, NGO’s and public-private primary schools. CREA 360 works in several fields as European funds, local development, social inclusion, non-formal education, environment, territorial planning and innovation.

Since its foundation in 2013 the organisation has participated in a considerable number of EU educational projects (Erasmus) and other cooperation projects (INTERREG, URBACT and EUROPE FOR CITIZENS).

Netherlands  VTS Nederland is a non profit organization established in Amsterdam. We offer VTS practicums, workshops, and team trainings for the Dutch speaking regions. Our program is based on the US program and adapted to Dutch culture and education standards. Since we started in 2015 we have been working closely with VTShome in US. In the near future we envision a place were people connect with ideas and practices, a VTS center of excellence to which rules and regulations alle VTS-practioners adhere in order to guarantee the same standard.

Netherlands

VTS Nederland is a non profit organization established in Amsterdam. We offer VTS practicums, workshops, and team trainings for the Dutch speaking regions. Our program is based on the US program and adapted to Dutch culture and education standards. Since we started in 2015 we have been working closely with VTShome in US. In the near future we envision a place were people connect with ideas and practices, a VTS center of excellence to which rules and regulations alle VTS-practioners adhere in order to guarantee the same standard.

Schools

Associate Schools are critical partners in Erasmus+/Permission to Wonder.  They are directly supporting educators in their school to participate in the Erasmus+ Permission to Wonder project or are supporting freelance educators to work with classroom teachers in their school.  These highly motivated schools are open to learning and reflective practice. They are prepared to make and space for trainee VTS educators, classroom teachers and students to practice Visual Thinking Strategies after each training practicum in the classroom.  They are also willing to make time and space for school managers and teachers to inform the evaluation and research process on the impact of the project from their perspective and to to support time and space for Gallery/Museum visits.