FAST45 AIMS & OBJECTIVES
Taking a futures studies approach, the FAST45 project aims to imagine, map and shape a higher arts education landscape where participation, research, and education in the arts play a crucial and integrated role within the sector and society as a whole.
FAST45 aims to collect knowledge, create and test new methodologies and implement them as part of Art School Futures Labs. Educators, researchers, students and business professionals together, are in the process of creating scenarios with the aim to operationalise them in policy papers, long-term collaborations and valuable tools that will empower arts institutions to not only anticipate an unknown future, but to actively shape it.
By working across sectoral boundaries and envisioning future scenarios for 2045, the Erasmus + Knowledge Alliance funded project FAST45 intends to achieve the following objectives:
To explore and inventory already existing ideas and visions of possible, probable, or preferable futures for higher arts education (HAE) and the employment of artists.
To organise Art School Futures Labs that enhance future thinking and imagine alternative futures inside HAE (staff and students) and outside HAE (external public and private partners).
For the data map, so far over 50 interviews have been conducted with various stakeholders from different areas all over Europe. We talked with these stakeholders about impactful roles of artists, art, and creative work in their field of expertise, current challenges and drivers, and the most prominent trends and developments. We also discussed their utopias and dystopias for our world in 25 years.
This in-depth qualitative interview data we have labeled with over 700 codes in the main categories of technology, arts educational practices, economy, sustainability, Institutes of Higher Arts Education, society, and politics. The labeled data enables us now to identify and analyze current practices, challenges, problems, and concrete future plans in each field.
To deliver four alternative Art School Futures Scenarios that highlight the dissimilarities /distinction from the present and reveal the potential choices and their potential consequences that HAE needs to prepare for their longer-term future planning and decision-making.
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To organise a general discussion/debate on possible policy and decision actions that informs and facilitates transformative leadership for strategic steps forward.
FAST45 knowledge, methods and tools will create agency and sustainability for institutes of the arts and their stakeholders.d