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On the value of STEAM and arts education

A joint response to the Horizon Europe Coordination and Support Action Calls 2023 

Signatory organisations representing the diversity of the cultural field in Europe and the higher arts education fields, are particularly alarmed by the framing of STEAM education, research, and innovation presented by the European Commission in the Horizon Work Programme 2023–2024 Coordination and the Support Action Calls HORIZON-WIDERA-2023-ERA-01 and HORIZON-CL2-2023-HERITAGE-01-08. 

By choosing to reinterpret the STEAM (Science Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) concept almost exclusively as a means to bridge the gender gap within the STEM fields, this framing undermines the original raison d’être of STEAM — its inherent potential to promote creativity and innovation.   

Problematic elements in the Horizon Europe calls   

  • The call unreasonably focuses almost exclusively on STEAM as a means to increase the participation of women in STEM disciplines. The result is a STEM-centred narrative about closing the gender gap and how this relates to competitiveness and innovation. 
  • As representatives of higher arts education and the cultural sector we cannot agree with the reductive narrative of STEAM proposed here. By instrumentalising the arts as a tool for the benefit of STEM, this narrative delegitimises the STEAM concept and reinforces outdated gender stereotypes. 
  • This reductive and concerning narrative already seems to be gaining credence. If widely adopted, it would have damaging consequences for the cultural and higher arts education fields and beyond. Thus, the need to re-establish a vision of STEAM that truly values the role of artistic disciplines, as previously recognised not only by the signatories of this paper but also by the European Commission.   

 

What STEAM should do 

STEAM should be used to valorise the potential of the arts and of arts education. More attention should also be given to understanding how including arts professionals in interdisciplinary teams can increase and unlock creative, imaginative, and innovative potential.  

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We ask you on behalf of your network or organisation to join the here undersigned networks, ELIA, AEC, CAE, and EMC, urging the European Commission, especially the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation 

  • to engage in dialogue with the higher arts education sector and cultural and creative sectors and industries (CCSIs) in order to adopt a more holistic view on STEAM and interdisciplinarity, to be integrated in future Horizon Europe Work Programmes and other strategic plans and policies;
  • to be an advocate, through its policies and funding, for the importance of creativity and other transversal skills provided by arts education;
  • to reconsider the narratives and focus areas presented in calls HORIZON-WIDERA-2023-ERA-01, HORIZON-CL2-2023-HERITAGE-01-08, and related documents;
  • to come up with alternative strategies to address the gender gap in STEM.

On the Value of STEAM and Arts Education

252 signatures

Latest Signatures
252
Dr. Costanza B.
Italy 
Rome Academy of Fine Arts
251
Ms. Cisca W.
Netherlands 
University of groningen
250
Ms. Inês R.
Portugal 
European Commission
249
Dr. Sofia A.
Portugal 
Escola de Artes da Universidade de Évora
248
Mr. Niels G.
Denmark 
Nordisk Korforum
247
Mr. Janis G.
Latvia 
Art Academy of Latvia
246
Ms. Franziska S.
Germany 
DLR-PT
245
Ms. Bianca R.
Italy 
International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation
244
Mx. International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation _.
Belgium 
International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation
243
Ms. Isabelle D.
Belgium 
Belgium
242
Miss. Elisabetta T.
Finland 
-
241
Mr. Dimitrios M.
Greece 
Athens Conservastoire
240
Mr. Raphael S.
Poland 
King's College London
239
Ms. Martina F.
Belgium 
European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC)
238
Dr. Patrick S.
Austria 
Universität Mozarteum Salzburg
237
Ms. Veerle V.
Belgium 
LUCA School of Arts
236
Dr. Nicola V.
Italy 
Conservatorio di musica "Claudio Monteverdi" - Cremona
235
Mrs. Ester T.
Austria 
mdw-University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
234
Dr. Andrea B.
France 
ESME School of Engineering, Ivry sur Seine (FR) & Conservatorio C.Monteverdi, Cremona, (IT)
233
Ms. Anna Maria I.
Italy 
Conservatorio Statale di Musica "L. D'Annunzio" - Pescara (Italy)
232
Mr. Sebastian C.
Germany 
Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig
231
Mrs. Leonella G.
Italy 
Brescia Conservatoire of music
230
Ms. Celia D.
United Kingdom 
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
229
Ms. Jacinta M.
Ireland 
TUS
228
Ms. Núria S.
Spain 
ESMUC, Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya
227
Mr. Pawel P.
Netherlands 
Design Academy Eindhoven
226
Ms. Paula C.
Sweden 
Stockholm University of the Arts
225
Ms. Ana T.
Portugal 
University of Évora - School of the Arts
224
Dr. Kristaps Z.
Latvia 
Art Academy of Latvia
223
Ms. Anna W.
Austria 
mdw
222
Ms. Susy S.
Portugal 
City of Lisbon
221
Mrs. PATRIZIA L.
Italy 
CONSERVATORIO ER DUNI MATERA
220
Ms. Veronika L.
Austria 
mdw University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
219
Dr. Eugen B.
Austria 
Universität Mozarteum Salzburg
218
Mrs. Gina K.
Bulgaria 
Academy of Music ,Dance and Fine arts 'Prof. Asen Diamandiev' - Plovdiv
217
Ms. Sarah M.
Israel 
Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance
216
Dr. Khalida D.
Australia 
Independent research
215
Ms. Prof. Dr.med.univ. Linde B.
Germany 
Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Trossingen
214
Dr. Helena G.
United Kingdom 
Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
213
Dr. Bernie S.
Ireland 
PRESTO
212
Ms. Anna Maria B.
Italy 
Conservatoire Verdi Turin
211
Dr. Pietro P.
Italy 
Conservatorio G.Tartini Trieste
210
Dr. Riccardo S.
Italy 
Conservatorio Licinio Refice. Frosinone. Italy
209
Mr. Brian D.
Ireland 
Sing Ireland
208
Dr. Michael K.
Austria 
Gustav Mahler Private University of Music
207
Dr. Clarissa F.
Portugal 
University of Aveiro
206
Mr. Matthias K.
Germany 
Matthias Kadar
205
Mr. Hubert E.
Switzerland 
University school of music; University of Arts and Sciences of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI)
204
Mr. Riccardo C.
Italy 
Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Verdi, Milano
203
Mrs. Maarit R.
Finland 
Caprice Oy
202
Ms. Jacques M.
France 
MusiQuE
201
Ms. Miren I.
Spain 
Musikene, Higher School of Music of the Basque Country
200
Ms. Beata F.
Hungary 
Liszt Academy of Music Kodály Institute
199
Mr. Martin P.
Netherlands 
Royal Conservatoire The Hague
198
Ms. MICHELANGELO G.
Italy 
Conservatorio di musica Santa Cecilia Roma
197
Mr. Jos S.
Netherlands 
University of the Arts Utrecht
196
Mr. Lamberto C.
United Kingdom 
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University
195
Dr. Sanja K.
Croatia 
University of Zagreb Academy of Music
194
Mrs. maria luisa b.
Italy 
conservatorio di musica, Bologna
193
Mr. Eero L.
Finland 
Arts Academy at Turku University of Applied Sciences
192
Ms. Maria B.
Poland 
The Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław
191
Dr. Stefan O.
Sweden 
Pitea School of Music at Lulea University of Technology
190
Dr. Raffaele L.
Italy 
Conservatorie of Music "S
189
Ms. Deborah K.
Ireland 
Royal Irish Academy of Music
188
Dr. Helena M.
Portugal 
University of Aveiro
187
Dr. Elke K.
Belgium 
Goethe-Institut
186
Ms. miruna a.
Romania 
Cluj Cultural Center
185
Mrs. Mafalda R.
Portugal 
Cicant
184
Dr. Jeffrey C.
Ireland 
Irish College Leuven
183
Ms. Damiano L.
Italy 
ECASTELF01
182
Ms. Emanuela G.
Italy 
Professor and designer of STEAM projects in high schools
181
Ms. Jonathan B.
France 
ENSA-Limoges School of Art & Design
180
Ms. Lurdes M.
Portugal 
Universidade Lusófona
179
Mr. Kabwijamu P.
Uganda 
Gulu University
178
Mr. Siva B.
India 
UPES University
177
Ms. Alexandru B.
Romania 
UNATC IL Caragiale
176
Mrs. Bianca v.
Netherlands 
HKU
175
Ms. Elisabeth B.
Germany 
Hildesheim
174
Mrs. Heleen J.
Netherlands 
HKU
173
Ms. Stephanie O.
United Kingdom 
Arts University Plymouth
172
Dr. Elisa P.
Italy 
NABA
171
Ms. Višnja K.
Serbia 
UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Management
170
Mrs. Myrto-Helena P.
Germany 
Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V.
169
Dr. Pedro G.
Portugal 
Universidade de Évora
168
Dr. Barbara M. E.
Germany 
Merz Akademie
167
Dr. HASAN HAKAN O.
Turkey 
Toplumsal Fayda Derneği
166
Mr. Mário M.
Portugal 
200866605
165
Mr. AL Rubel Mohammad Bin A.
Bangladesh 
Personal
164
Ms. Gabriëlle S.
Netherlands 
Dutch Art Institute (a.k.a. DAI Roaming Academy)
163
Mr. Ingwio D.
Belgium 
LUCA School of Arts
162
Dr. Andreas M.
Germany 
Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
161
Ms. Fabienne B.
Belgium 
LUCA School of Arts
160
Dr. Luis T.
Portugal 
Universidade Catolica Portuguesa
159
Ms. Ioana C.
France 
Association des Centres culturels de rencontre
158
Ms. Hana K.
Czech Republic 
Faculty of Multimedia Communication, Tomas Bata University in Zlin
157
Ms. Janis J.
United Kingdom 
Emeritus professor of visual arts
156
Mr. Magnus K.
Sweden 
bataki
155
Dr. Allison B.
Australia 
Griffith University
154
Ms. Noesjka K.
Netherlands 
st. Joost school of Art and Design
153
Ms. Leandro Mariano M.
United Kingdom 
Student
152
Miss. Constantina M.
Romania 
UNATC
151
Mr. Tiago M.
Portugal 
Faculty of Fine Arts Lisbon
150
Mrs. Helena E.
Portugal 
Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon
149
Mr. Ferdinand R.
France 
The Fanak Fund
148
Ms. Angelika Z.
Austria 
University of Applied Arts Vienna
147
Mx. European Performing Arts S.
Belgium 
Monica Vejgaard
146
Mr. João d.
Portugal 
School of Arts and Design - Polytechnic of Leiria
145
Ms. Petra K.
Slovenia 
Motovila
144
Ms. Juliana R.
Portugal 
CICANT/ Lusófona
143
Dr. Stefan W.
Germany 
Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
142
Dr. Ezilda C.
Italy 
ENEA
141
Ms. Antonia P.
Greece 
Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs - International Relations Unit - Directorate for European and International Affairs
140
Mr. Georg S.
Austria 
University of Music and Performing Arts Graz
139
Mr. Dimitri Y.
Greece 
Phoenix Athens Gallery and Residency
138
Ms. Teresa M.
Portugal 
ICNova
137
Ms. GiannaLia C.
Belgium 
ENCATC
136
Dr. Sara B.
Germany 
Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design
135
Ms. Eleonoor T.
Netherlands 
Tchernoff Advies
134
Mr. Massimo M.
Italy 
Euradia Italia
133
Mr. Guido T.
Italy 
NABA
132
Ms. Gijs d.
Netherlands 
LSE
131
Ms. Ramiro C.
Finland 
Myymälä2
130
Ms. Magali C.
France 
Ecole Supérieure d'art et design Saint-Etienne (ESADSE)
129
Mr. Frans H.
Netherlands 
NVP-UNIMA-Netherlands
128
Dr. Diana S.
United Kingdom 
Royal College of Music
127
Mr. Werner D.
Belgium 
Artesis Plantijn University College Antwerp (RCA)
126
Dr. Milena D.
Serbia 
University of Arts, Belgrade
125
Ms. Ana O.
Portugal 
Lusofona University
124
Mr. Richard W.
United Kingdom 
University of Plymouth
123
Dr. John B.
Netherlands 
EQ-Arts
122
Ms. Hana P.
Czech Republic 
Janáček Academy of Performing Arts, Theatre Faculty
121
Ms. Alejandra G.
Argentina 
ISME Commission for the Education of the Professional Musician CEPROM
120
Ms. Kapka M.
Bulgaria 
Varna Free University "Chernorizets Hrabar"
119
Dr. Carlos P.
Portugal 
Universidade Lusófona
118
Ms. Blanka C.
Czech Republic 
Janacek Academy of Performing Arts
117
Mx. Huib Haye v.
Netherlands 
Self-employed
116
Miss. Murvet Nevra K.
Turkey 
Sakarya University
115
Ms. ellis b.
Netherlands 
ellisinwonderland
114
Ms. Iliana D.
Bulgaria 
NATFA
113
Mr. Peter D.
Belgium 
Orpheus Instituut
112
Ms. Giovanna C.
Italy 
Conservatory of Castelfranco Veneto
111
Mrs. Lisa H.
United Kingdom 
The Margate School
110
Dr. Shpend B.
Albania 
Albanian University
109
Ms. Renee T.
Netherlands 
Willem de Kooning Academy
108
Mr. GEOFF O.
United Kingdom 
THE MARGATE SCHOOL
107
Ms. Martina H.
Ireland 
University of Galway
106
Mr. Uwe D.
United Kingdom 
The Margate School Ltd
105
Dr. Gregory S.
United Kingdom 
University of Westminster
104
Mr. Emanuele A.
Italy 
Istituto per l'Arte e il Restauro - Palazzo Spinelli
103
Ms. Catherine B.
Italy 
Istituto per l'Arte e il Restauro - Palazzo Spinelli
102
Ms. Liz E.
Netherlands 
Royal Netherlands Navy
101
Ms. Derville Q.
Netherlands 
ELIA
100
Ms. Marjolijn B.
Netherlands 
ArtEZ, University of the Arts
99
Dr. Vivian Sky R.
Belgium 
Research Center Willem de Kooning Academy and Rotterdam Arts & Sciences Lab
98
Dr. Magnus Q.
Finland 
UNIARTS Helsinki
97
Dr. Florian H.
Germany 
Berlin University of the Arts
96
Dr. Kathrin G.
Germany 
University of the Arts Bremen
95
Ms. Yorgos T.
Greece 
ACEY Europe
94
Ms. Cora S.
Netherlands 
Willem de Kooning Academy
93
Mrs. Susanne v.
France 
CNSMDL
92
Ms. Dervil J.
Ireland 
National College of Art and Design Ireland
91
Ms. Diana A.
Romania 
West University of Timisoara Faculty of Arts And Design
90
Mr. Andreas T.
Turkey 
Bilkent University
89
Ms. Anna CY C.
Hong Kong 
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
88
Dr. Laura S.
Albania 
Albanian University
87
Ms. Carole W.
Ireland 
Research University CIT
86
Dr. Conceicao C.
Portugal 
Lusófona University
85
Ms. Alexandra C.
Portugal 
UL - Lusófona University
84
Dr. Liselotte V.
Belgium 
KU Leuven, Departement of Architecture
83
Dr. stephen f.
United Kingdom 
Arts University Plymouth
82
Dr. Levan K.
Georgia 
Arts Research Institute of Georgia
81
Mrs. Marjanne P.
Netherlands 
HKu University of the Arts Utrecht
80
Mr. Guillermo R.
Spain 
Kubbo
79
Ms. Ceyda B.
Finland 
MiklagardArts
78
Ms. Mimi H.
United Kingdom 
Mimi Harmer
77
Dr. Nuno T.
Portugal 
Universidade Lusófona
76
Dr. David N.
Portugal 
Lusofona University
75
Ms. Susanne M.
Germany 
IGBK
74
Ms. Débora R.
Brazil 
ULP
73
Dr. Ron B.
Canada 
Emily Carr University of Art and Design
72
Mrs. Lícia P.
Brazil 
Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of southern Minas Gerais - IFSULDEMINAS
71
Mr. Peter B.
Belgium 
AP University of Applied Sciences & Art/Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp
70
Ms. Yara E.
Lebanon 
-
69
Ms. Valérie S.
Belgium 
KASK & Conservatorium
68
Mr. Fahim M.
Germany 
ABK Stuttgart
67
Mr. Cor G.
Netherlands 
Hanze UAS Groningen
66
Mr. Chris V.
Belgium 
Expertise Cantre for Technical Theatre RITCS-EhB
65
Ms. Sandra R.
Portugal 
Lusófona University
64
Ms. Darinka P.
Hungary 
Idependent
63
Dr. Petra V.
Belgium 
Sint Lucas Antwerpen - School of Arts KdG
62
Ms. Sandra G.
Netherlands 
Stichting Le Porte-Voix / Master Community Development
61
Ms. Jenna N.
Spain 
Ministry of Education
60
Ms. Teresina M.
Germany 
59
Ms. Fiona Q.
Ireland 
Limerick School of Art and Design (TUS)
58
Ms. Mateja L.
Slovenia 
Motovila Institute
57
Ms. Nurgul R.
Canada 
University of Calgary
56
Mr. Paul K.
United States 
Northern Illinois University
55
Mr. John O.
Ireland 
Technological University Dublin
54
Ms. Nicoletta C.
Italy 
Uniarts Helsinki
53
Dr. Alec S.
United Kingdom 
Wrexham Glyndwr University
52
Ms. Isabelle S.
Netherlands 
European Cultural Foundation
51
Ms. Lefteris H.
United Kingdom 
Bath Spa University
50
Ms. Manuela M.
Germany 
EMCY e.V.
49
Mx. Giselle H.
Ireland 
LSAD/TUS
48
Dr. Julia L.
United Kingdom 
UK
47
Dr. Simone I.
Malta 
Arts Council Malta
46
Dr. Susana M.
Portugal 
Universidade de Évora
45
Mr. Filipe R.
Portugal 
Universidade de Évora
44
Ms. Margarida S.
Portugal 
Lusófona university
43
Mr. Noel K.
Ireland 
Visual Artists Ireland
42
Dr. Nic U.
United States 
University of South Carolina
41
Ms. Louise O.
United Kingdom 
Ulster University
40
Ms. Consuelo R.
United Kingdom 
SENSORIAL
39
Ms. Gyorgyi F.
Hungary 
Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design
38
Dr. Rollin P.
United States 
Village of Barrington, IL, USA
37
Mr. Arben L.
Albania 
University of Arts Tirana
36
Mr. Jan H.
Czech Republic 
Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
35
Ms. Ágnes Karolina B.
Hungary 
Innovation Center of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design
34
Dr. Steven S.
United Kingdom 
Kingston University
33
Ms. Angelina Svilenova K.
Austria 
Akademie der bildenden Künste
32
Dr. Rebecca D.
Estonia 
Estonian Academy of Art
31
Dr. Mike F.
Ireland 
Technological University of the Shannon
30
Mr. Franco R.
Italy 
Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma
29
Mr. Pjeter G.
Albania 
Universiteti i Arteve, Tirane
28
Mr. Georg R.
Austria 
Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
27
Mr. Colin C.
France 
UK/France
26
Mr. Alastair H.
United Kingdom 
Royal College of Art
25
Ms. Maria Concepcion G.
Spain 
Complutense University, Madrid
24
Ms. Kathryn M.
United Kingdom 
Birmingham City University
23
Dr. Martina C.
Ireland 
Technological University of The Shannon
22
Dr. Tuire R.
Finland 
Metropolia University of Applied Science
21
Mr. Conall C.
Ireland 
MTU Crawford College of Art & Design
20
Dr. Loraine L.
United Kingdom 
Middlesex University
19
Ms. Katrin Olina P.
Iceland 
Iceland University of the Arts
18
Dr. Sanja B.
Croatia 
UNIVERSITY OF RIJEKA
17
Mr. Ulrich W.
Germany 
SABAA.education / kukutana
16
Ms. CORINNE S.
Belgium 
Michael Culture
15
Mr. Yohann F.
France 
FACE
14
Ms. Jose Angel P.
Spain 
Red Arrayan de Cultura, Patrimonio y Medio Ambiente
13
Ms. Paola R.
Spain 
Red Arrayan
12
Ms. Alessandra G.
Italy 
Fondazione Fitzcarraldo
11
Ms. ildiko m.
Germany 
former EIT
10
Mr. Georgios M.
Greece 
Stimmuli for Social Change
9
Ms. Nina G.
Poland 
WZORZEC
8
Mr. Iveri K.
Sweden 
Lund University
7
Ms. Dušanka J.
Serbia 
independent researcher
6
Ms. KONSTANTINA K.
Greece 
Stimmuli for Social Change
5
Ms. katty V.
Belgium 
Federation for European Storytelling
4
Mrs. Cristina L.
Italy 
CAE
3
Mr. Joost H.
Netherlands 
Values of Culture&Creativity
2
Ms. Robert M.
Croatia 
Europa Nova
1
Ms. Micaela C.
Italy 
Teatro dell’Argine

 

Consortium partners

Launched on Monday 29 May 2023 @ 12pm CEST by the signatory networks:  

AEC, Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen  

CAE, Culture Action Europe  

ELIA, globally connected European network for higher arts education   

EMC, European Music Council