How can professional artists and musicians best be prepared so they can deal with the ever changing demands society puts on them? And how can they best be equipped to contribute actively to innovation? The Centre of Applied Research and Innovation Art & Society carries out research into the interaction between art and society and the ever changing professional practice of artists and musicians, because of this. The results of this research are used in the professional practice as well as in higher arts education.
The Centre of Applied Research and Innovation Art & Society consists of the research groups Lifelong Learning in Music, Image in Context and Pop Culture, Sustainability & Innovation. The research centre comprises research groups which are connected to various disciplines within music and fine arts and the teacher training courses that accompany this. The research centre consciously aims to be more than the sum of its parts; the combination of research groups has to result in added value to the contents of the results.
The research group Lifelong Learning in Music has been active since 2004, and is directed by Rineke Smilde, who is also leading lector of the Centre of Applied Research and Innovation Art & Society. The research group LLM is part of the Prince Claus Conservatoire of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen.
The research groups Popular Culture, Sustainability and Innovation (professor Anne Nigten) and Image in Context (professor Anke Coumans) are connected to the Academy Minerva, School for Fine Art, Design and Pop Culture.
The research groups, each from their own perspective, carry out research into the knowledge, attitudes and skills professional artists should have to be able to function optimally in the professional practice. In addition, research will be done which has a more inclusive set up and concerns more disciplines, in which several professorships will participate. Starting point here is the exchange between art and society. We will look into which roles artists, musicians and teachers could play in this and how the different roles change in the professional practice. The results of this research are important for both the professional practice and for higher education in arts, design, music and pop culture.
The Centre of Applied Research and Innovation Arts & Society stimulates the creative and innovative role of the artist in society by contributing to the development of the professions in the arts. It does this by doing applied research into continuous innovation of the professional practice as a result of the interaction between art and society, and into the way professional artists can be equipped to function in an ever changing professional practice.