Art education: a social good or corporate thorn?

Macarow, K and Redfern, D 2016, 'Art education: a social good or corporate thorn?', in Proceedings of the ACUADS 2016 Conference: Adaptation, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 29-30 September 2016, pp. 1-13.

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Art education: a social good or corporate thorn?
Author(s) Macarow, K
Redfern, D
Year 2016
Conference name ACUADS 2016: Adaptation
Conference location Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Conference dates 29-30 September 2016
Proceedings title Proceedings of the ACUADS 2016 Conference: Adaptation
Publisher ACUADS + QUT Creative Industries
Place of publication Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Abstract Education is a social good, a necessity for the betterment of peoples and societies. There is simply no refuting that by any other logic than the most sexist, classist or racist social conservatism. However the corporate model of universities is failing us: the market does not know best. The neo-liberal accounting that has infected universities-as it has all other sectors of society-supports ongoing financial reductions and reductionist thinking about art and education. These are political choices and they are neither inevitable nor particularly logical-despite the rhetoric to the contrary. This merely leads us to the financial value and dividends of art and the measurement of impact in creative research. However, the impact of creative work on society and culture is not merely quantifiable. As our institutions swing further to the market fundamentalist orthodoxy of our moment artists-as usual-are responding creatively. Free schools have sprung up across the world in response to these conditions and their negative impacts upon the study and evolution of arts practice. In the spirit of the artist's polemic, this paper will examine emergent models for real world and virtual solutions that offer potential for art and education: post capitalism.
Subjects Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
Lens-based Practice
Electronic Media Art
Keyword(s) art
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