Partner – Kūrybinės jungtys
Duration – 2016–2021
Regions – Klaipėda, Šalčininkai, Trakai, Vilnius and Visaginas
The Art of Curiosity was built upon the principles and experience gained through Creative Partnerships, the UK’s large-scale education programme focused on identifying creative approaches to learning in schools. The project engaged students, teachers and the wider school community in continuous partnerships with creative professionals from a broad range of artistic, cultural and scientific domains.
In Lithuania, the project introduced innovative teaching approaches while increasing school-to-school collaborations. Each participating school developed a unique creative learning project that responded to a real challenge and harnessed the active potential of the school community. The activities were immersed in daily classroom practice, and were premised on the principles of experiential, all-inclusive and creative learning.
The project participants acquired experience in addressing specific learning challenges by engaging with developed and tested educational methods based on cross-disciplinary approaches, as well as the synergy of art and education. As a result, the project improved the students’ critical and creative thinking, collaboration, communication, leadership and problem-solving skills. Furthermore, teachers were supported in the shift away from more directive forms of teaching and lesson planning towards a more creative, engaging and student-centred approach.
It is important to note that The Art of Curiosity received recognition from outside the People to People programme via funding from Vilnius City Municipality, which was implemented in Vilnius secondary schools from September 2020.
From 2016, the project:
- influenced more than 12,500 people from school communities in Lithuania, involving students, teachers, parents and school administrators; and
- was implemented in 39 schools across Lithuania, delivering a wide range of results including:
- more than 1,500 students increasing their critical thinking and problem-solving skills by working intensively with the creative practitioners and their teachers;
- around 835 teachers benefitting from professional development opportunities by engaging in Teachers’ Clubs within schools; and
- 110 creative practitioners were trained to deliver educational workshops to students and teachers on 21st century skills.