Reinventing Mentoring in Arts Management (REMAM) is the Erasmus+ strategic partnership project that aims to co-create a new comprehensive understanding of cultural management mentorship as a framework for professional life-long learning as well as part of academic education. Its focus is on establishing and maintaining a sustainable interaction between students, potential employers and field practitioners, simultaneously renewing the understanding of mentoring and creating a novel way for “mentorage” that allows co-creation of knowledge.
The aim of the project is to create a learning model that allows both development of analytical and academic competences; to capture the current field of practices, tools and influence agencies responsible for occupational profiling and to highlight the importance of a mentor as occupation and further advocate for its definition in other countries. From one side, the project attempts to map the needs of practitioners, who can share their knowledge, and from the other side, the needs of students, whose task is to master the skills of current practices by gaining support for their career building at home as well as for the global international labour market.
The participants of the activities are cultural management students (≈50) and established practitioners such as leaders of arts organisations and cultural projects (≈70) from all over Europe, who are or will become mentors and internship partners for students. New knowledge and skills are provided also for teachers and trainers (≈20) of the field, arts management curricula leaders and managers (≈10), and national agencies responsible for quality in HEI as well as occupational profiling.
Based on the pre-project analysis, workshops in all participating countries with involvement of students and practitioners will be held to co-create and apprehend the specifics of cultural setting in addition to a more universal learning model development. A number of focus group interviews with practitioners, educators, leaders and national agencies for education will be conducted in order not only to establish the professional profile of mentor and make it internationally visible and thus facilitate transferability of workforce across Europe.
The main outcomes of the project are:
1) mentoring model that enables both career building support and development of practical knowledge and skills for students as well as allows lifelong learning for practitioners through mutually befitting interactions.
2) Interactive PC/mobile app guiding and informing stakeholder interested in becoming mentors that will also serve as matching platform between mentors and mentees.
3) Policy informing paper putting together suggestion for formulating professional standard and occupational profile of Mentor in CCI to be further disseminated across member states.
The projects outcomes will be integrated to the curriculum of participating HEI’s. In addition, the model and app will be made available in European context through networks and open sharing platforms and other networks. Moreover, the results and of policy papers will be presented in academic journal and conferences for wider audiences.
PROGRAMME: ERASMUS+ strategic partnerships (grant agreement No 2020-KA203-04)
PROJECT NUMBER: 2020-1-EE01-KA203-078003
DURATION: September 2020 – August 2023
PROJECT COORDINATORS at the LAC: Vita Dumpe, email@example.com
Project leader: Estonian Academy of Music and Theater
Partners: Creative Mentorship (Serbia), Noorsooteater / Estonian Theatre for Young Audiences, Universiteit Antwerpen (Belgium), The University of the Basque Country (Spain)
Reinventing Mentoring in Arts Management Policy Paper is targeted to policy makers offering a wide overview on the key issues related to mentorship within art and cultural fields. It is a useful tool for anyone making or adapting to policies on mentoring in EU.
The paper presents research into the co-creation of a new comprehensive understanding of cultural management mentorship as a framework for professional life-long learning with a focus on establishing and maintaining a sustainable interaction between students, potential employers, and field practitioners, simultaneously renewing the understanding of mentoring and creating a novel way for “mentorage” that allows the co-creation of knowledge.
This policy paper focuses on four issues of value for policymakers:
1. Value Co-creation and Knowledge Sharing
2. Innovation and Digitalization
3. Diversity and Sustainability
4. Social Equality, Accessibility, and Inclusion in the Cultural Sector