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Welcome to the 5th Intercultural Arts Education Conference: Design Learning on the 10th-11th of May 2012!

Designing is the most enchanting of all human cognitive creations. This conference has a holistic approach to the concept of design learning, which can be connected with product as well as process. ‘Design in mind’ is a creative process that offers new ways of thinking and sharing ideas in a group. We believe that design is a process in which problems are discussed and solved, in which the educational atmosphere is open to new ideas and in which design is seen as a generic cultural activity.

The theme of the conference promotes the Finnish and European educational theme of design, arts and culture as a means to improve the lives of children.  The main problem is to define what is meant by design learning in European teacher education. The city of Helsinki will be the World Design Capital in 2012. Our conference theme ´design learning´ can also be seen as the way in which the University of Helsinki will participate in this World Design Capital Jubilee year.

We can proudly introduce the keynote speakers of the Conference:

Professor David Hargreaves and Professor Raymond Mac Donald (UK). Topic: Designing improvisation: Intercultural collaboration and musical imagination.

Professor Martti Raevaara (FIN). Topic: Crossing boarders – rethinking learning and teaching.

Head of Education (Helsinki Art Museum) Kaisa Kettunen (FIN). Topic: The Role of Museum Education in Helsinki Art Museum.

Professor Angela Uttke (GER). Topic: See, Explore, Design, Present… Built environment education for children.

Architects Maria Nordin (FIN) and Jorge Raedó (ESP). Topic: Building the City.

Principal of the Finnish National Opera Hannele Niiranen (FIN). Topic: Ballet energy to boys.


Arts – Contact point between Cultures

Rights of the Child to the Arts, Culture and Creativity

Arts and Skills – Source of Well-being

Design Learning and Well-being

Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences Volume 45/2012

Pre-conference program on the 9th of May 2011:

Presentation of Professor Hannele Niemi: Teacher education in Finland: current trends and future scenarios, at 3 -4 pm. Siltavuorenpenger 10, Aud. 2.

Design learning workshops at 4- 5 pm:

Tapio Toivanen: Drama workshop, Siltavuorenpenger 10, room 706.

Anja Oksanen: Music Studio workshop, Siltavuorenpenger 10, Piano studios 6th floor.

Kindergarten museo Ebeneser (Helsinginkatu 3-5) is open in the afternoon: guidance in English at 5 pm.


9th of May at 6-7 pm: Reception hosted by Helsinki City Mayor (Old City Hall, Vanha Raatihuone, Aleksanterinkatu 20)

10th of May at 6-7pm: Reception hosted by the Rector of the University of Helsinki (Lehtisali, University Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33)