Can the Arts Be a Way Out? Or In?

Adam D. Weinberg: At least at Whitney, I see it as a real-time art space. That is, we are swimming in the river at the same pace, and we cannot even feel the movement of the river. , in a way. It’s the idea of ​​being surrounded by conflicting, complex, nuanced and diverse ideas and visions of artists. And for me, museum politics is not just the most obvious notion of politics, it’s the underlying problem of getting people to think about the realities of the day we’re in, actually getting us to look We are ourselves in the sense that it is a mirror.

As a museum, we create a context for artists to become megaphones. It’s not our job to say: [to do]’ We do that through the artists we choose, the programs we produce, the contexts we create.

Research has shown that the arts influence the cognitive development of young students, and that arts education helps students academically and socially. But when the economy is bad, money for art classes is often the first to siphon off. What challenges are new generations of artists facing and what forms of support are being created to alleviate them?

Amir Berbic, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar. Alison Cole, art historian, author and editor, The Art Newspaper. Mariko Silver, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Henry Roos Foundation, said: It was moderated by Elena Turklya, Senior Advisor for Academic and Cultural Affairs, Qatar Museum.

Jelena Turkriya: If arts education is fundamentally shaping the future of every society, how — when he was president [of Bennington College in Vermont] — Promote the arts and make them accessible to those who do not have pre-college art education?

Silve Marikor: Ideally, I think we should create every learning institution as a culture of imagination, a culture of creativity, a culture of creativity. Too much higher education, in my opinion, pushes it only in the head, in the heart. But art is the way to our humanity, the way to embodied experience. Without it, we would be poorer, both individually and collectively.

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