An important function of Arts Council Malta is that of laying the foundations upon which cultural and creative operators can function and thrive. Education lies at the heart of this process, nurturing and supporting the important contribution that the arts have in the holistic development of students, as well as the school community at large. Exposing students to creativity, also in the teaching of other core subjects, has been shown to promote transversal skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and real-world problem solving.

In addition to supporting formal educational institutions, we will explore initiatives aimed at supporting informal and lifelong education from early childhood to adulthood. Our aim is to nurture both quality education of the arts, as well as a wider appreciation of the arts and their cross-section with different fields of knowledge and practice.

Our vision for the growth of the sector also entails other forms of development, outside the direct sphere of education. We are committed to support the continuous development of artists and practitioners practicing within various settings, be it traditional or grassroots practice, to those working within the public, private, voluntary sectors or academia. This support will adopt a cross-sectoral and holistic approach whilst considering current and future trends, as identified by the Council of Europe conclusions on the Work Plan for Culture 2019-2022, primarily; the digital shift, globalisation, growing societal diversity and changing working environments.

We will advocate for key stakeholders in education to view creativity, culture and the arts as pathways to viable careers. Given the trends and changes in career boundaries, the creative pedagogies - teaching for creativity and creative learning that sustain education for the arts - are fast becoming a necessary skills set for every student as more and more future jobs will involve creative application, digital communication skills and creative entrepreneurship. These are very much an integral part of the range of 21st Century skills students will need to acquire as active learners.

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