The Arts Education Scheme is one of Arts Council’s Malta tools to sustain and support the recovery of the cultural and creative ecology, with a focus on arts education.
The scheme will support Maltese and Malta based arts education institutions, organisations and enterprises in providing a high standard and forward-looking education in the arts and creativity. These grants will finance formal and informal education providers to support standards-based arts education, invest in wider engagement and professionalisation of the sector and the wider application of creativity and the arts in formal and informal education.
The scheme strives to transform the challenges resulting from the global pandemic into an opportunity for growth and reflection while maintaining and strengthening the positive effects achieved by Arts Council Malta’s schemes during the past years. The scheme is also in line with Arts Council Malta’s objective of advocating for a broader inclusion of creativity and the arts within formal and informal education strengthening further 21st century education and skills.
The scheme is composed of two calls, the first call in April 2021 focuses on projects aimed at capacity building, investment in resources and initiatives aimed at regeneration and growth of arts education. Projects may include, but are not limited to, research and investment in teaching pedagogies; investment in innovative hybrid or online training tools; student-based participatory research and creative participatory projects.
The second call issued in September on the other hand focuses on both capacity building and transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaborations aimed at sharing of knowledge, resources and expertise. Projects may include, but are not limited to, collaborations between arts education organisations and enterprises and teachers within formal education, museums and environmental or social non-governmental organisations.
The objectives of the schemes are:
Creative professionals/individual artists; Entities registered with the Malta Business Registry (including companies, partnerships, foundations and organisations/associations); Groups, Collectives and Consortia; Registered Cooperatives and Voluntary Organisations.
The deadline to apply is Tuesday 14th September 2021 at noon. Late applications cannot be accepted.
Applicants are required to register a new profile as from January 2021.
To access past applications submitted until December 2020 you need to login on https://www.artscouncilmalta.org/login.
Reference Number: AES23-21-262
Applicant: Christine Zerafa
Project Title: The Performance Class Series
Allocated funds (EUR): €8,000
The Performance Class Series is a new music education platform for classical instrumental and vocal students at Grade 8, Diploma, Bachelor's and Master's level in Malta. It is a pedagogical tool used in conservatoires overseas, where instrumental and vocal students are brought together in a class format, they perform in turn together with a staff pianist, and the students give feedback to each other, thus developing a critical, constructive and collegial approach to performance. Particularly as we are living in the pandemic era, Maltese upcoming musicians have missed on ample opportunities, such as not being able to go abroad for short term master classes, missing opportunities from visiting professors, and very importantly, not being able to perform live regularly. Thus, while The Performance Class Series fills an important pedagogical lacuna in Maltese music education, it also makes up for some of the missed opportunities that the pandemic situation has imposed.
Reference Number: AES08-21-197
Applicant: Għaqda Mużikali San Ġorg Martri
Project Title: Sinerġija
Allocated funds (EUR): €8,000
Sinerġija is a joint initiative between two philharmonic societies (Għaqda Mużikali San Ġorg Martri and Banda Sant' Andrija Luqa). This intiative was born out of a need identified over the past years as Għaqda Mużikali San Ġorg has invested heavily in transforming its premises into a venue for performances and drama groups. One of the major problems encountered by these groups is the lack of necessary skills to manufacture the props for their performances. Furthermore the Luqa band's youth section lacks a number of key skills required for the manufacture and restoration of the feast decorations. Together the two organisations have identified three areas, namely: papier-mâché restoration, clay-modeling and prop preparation as areas where both organisations need to invest in skill acquisition. The proposed project is a train the trainer initiative, where experts in these three fields are hired to train a selected number of youths within these two organisations. The trainees will act as future trainers of youths within the two organisations.
Reference Number: AES15-21-228
Applicant: Kurt Calleja
Project Title: School Playscapes - Innovative Learning Approaches Through Play
Allocated funds (EUR): €7,997
Gzira is currently one of the most heavily polluted urban areas in Malta, both in terms of air quality and sound levels. New high-rise developments in Gzira are increasingly taking over potential open and green spaces which would have otherwise served as recreational sites for the psychological, social and biological wellbeing of society. With the support of Horizon 2020 VARCITIES project, School Playscapes project will co-create permanent artworks with the Gzira Primary School as playscapes that will consider both form and function as primary contributors to the artistic and educational aspect of this project. The artistic play structures will help students teach themselves and others through project-based and creative learning, while enhancing green spaces within this area, both for the children and nearby community to increase their physical health and psychological wellbeing. For the educational aspect of this project, greening interventions are considered essential in providing students with the suitable learning environment to help them think more clearly and creatively. The team aims to build student-centred project-based material with the teachers for the students using these green spaces. The design of the structure will take into consideration stakeholders with different needs, such as neurodiverse and physically impaired children.
Reference Number: AES20-21-246
Applicant: Seed Dance Studios
Project Title: Malta Connects
Allocated funds (EUR): €7,703
The dance education project ‘Malta Connects’ is designed as a three-channel connectivity. Firstly connecting Maltese teachers to international teacher training and pedagogy opportunities through participation in existing platforms by the American Ballet Theatre. Secondly it offers artistic choreographic collaborations and workshops with Maltese practitioners to develop dancers who are also critical thinkers and finally connecting Malta based dance students with international teachers through online sessions and workshops.
Reference Number: AES21-21-249
Applicant: Sawtooth Audio Academy
Project Title: Beats of Knowledge
Allocated funds (EUR): €7,974
This Project is a collaboration between Sawtooth Audio Academy (SAA) and Electronic Music Malta (EMM) to reach out to individuals, helping them develop their skills in Audio production and also building an online community through a series of educational videos from both SAA's lecturers and other local artists. The project also includes the editing and subtitling of unreleased footage, provided through EMM's past workshops, Seminars, and Events. This material will be uploaded through a social media campaign and websites. The project also includes investing in additional features to www.sawtoothaudioacademy.com. These include an online community platform, where users can create their accounts and interact with the content, and share ideas. Another additional feature is where people can find the scheduled online workshops and pre-recorded tutoring sessions.
Reference Number: AES24-21-263
Applicant: Neal Camilleri
Project Title: Awakening Inner Creativity Through Vocal Expression
Allocated funds (EUR): €8,000
This project aims to engage with schools in informal education of the arts through interactive beatboxing workshops and a showcase of their skills and talent, encouraging youths to take part in and develop the local cultural scene, while also giving them scope to unlock their inner creative potential and learning different ways to express themselves. As part of a recovery strategy for the COVID-19 global pandemic, these workshops offer youths the opportunity for growth, by increasing their confidence and learning how to use their vocal range in a more conscious manner. The workshops will culminate into a showcase of the youths' new acquired skills as a way to empower them to advocate for a broader inclusion of creativity in the arts scene in Malta.
Reference Number: AES25-21-264
Applicant: Thea Cunningham
Project Title: Summer Intensive Dance Workshops
Allocated funds (EUR): €5,721
Summer intensive dance workshops for young dancers above 12 years old, combining different dance style classes with choreographic laboratory. The main aim of the project is to enhance the creative skills of young dancers by providing knowledge on technical aspects of contemporary dance, hip hop, and ballet while focusing on alternating and combining different dance styles. The project will also provide choreographic tools to young dancers and allow them to explore their creative potential through a multimodal approach while engaging students on multiple levels by using a multisensory approach as a learning framework.
Reference Number: AES18-21-238
Applicant: Studio 18
Project Title: Studio 18 Sustainability Project
Allocated funds (EUR): €6,605
The Studio 18 Sustainability Project is an initiative resulting from the initial needs identified in an internal review and action plan that commenced in 2020 and spans to 2022. The review focuses on infrastructure, quality assurance and professional development, in turn aiming to provide a holistic and relevant learning experience and sound andragogy for young people in the local community of practice. In view of the pandemic's impact on the current arts education processes and the aftermath, the review was re-aligned with the current and foreseeable needs, alongside the long-term plan. The project consists of a number of activities including professional development of the core members of the organisation.