Music, the Arts, Creativity and Intercultural Education: 16th of September 2016


We are happy to extend our invitation to you to attend the 9th International Conference of Intercultural Arts Education on Friday 16th of September 2016 to Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki, Siltavuorenpenger 10, Aurora building, Auditorium 230.

The general aim of the interdisciplinary conference is to discover and share new arts pedagogical ideas and practices of and research on arts promoting learning and creativity. We are very grateful to our Keynote Speakers, our partners Sibelius Academy, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tallin University, the Concert Centre, the Teachers’ Academy of Helsinki University, the Department of Teacher Education for their important co-operation when organizing this interdisciplinary and international conference.

2016 we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Sir Yehudi Menuhin’s birth in 2016. He was a great violinist and educator. He established the international MUS-E® Arts at School programme to help children – often coming from challenging environments- to begin the long road to personal fulfilment through the arts. Professional artists are working and co-operating with teachers, mainly in primary schools and daycare centers.  The project promotes social integration and aims to reduce levels of violence, racism and social exclusion amongst the young. The IYMF now coordinates MUS-E® in 12 countries with 1,000 artists working with 50,000 children in 450 primary schools. MUS-E® in Finland have also had some programmes at schools. Today also Vantaa and Helsinki cities are promoting artists at day care centers programmes.

“… Having had long experience with my own schools, I have felt, more and more strongly, the importance of giving every child a background of example and activity of the arts which might stimulate its own longings and potential…” (Sir Yehudi Menuhin)

Inkeri Ruokonen and Heikki Ruismäki (ECA, University of Helsinki)