28.10.2011 - Culture Sector

Travel to learn Arts and Crafts

UNESCO goes into partnership with the French Foundation « Fondation Culture & Diversité » for an international travel programme for students studying arts and crafts.

Students who participated in the program “Travel to learn Arts and Crafts”  in 2010-2011 will present the results of this initiative at the International Heritage Show , which will be held at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris from 3 to 6 November 2011.

The aim of this programme is to enable arts and crafts students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds to complete a study tour abroad. It allows young French scholarship students nearing the end of their studies to discover the know-how of craftspeople in developing countries; and it allows students from developing countries to discover the know-how of French craftspeople.

Through placement in arts and crafts institutions, enterprises and associations in other countries, students benefit from the know-how of local craftspeople, acquire new skills to complement their initial training, while also sharing their own experience with others.

This programme helps students launch their professional career by enabling them to:

  • work in a professional environment ;
  • acquire new skills;
  • gain experiences abroad ;
  • benefit from a creative and innovative professional experience  ;
  • develop a professional network;
  • participate and present their work at international fairs.

In addition to the partnership with the Fondation Culture & Diversité , this program is implemented with the support of several educational institutions including the Ecole Supérieure des arts appliqués Boulle  in Paris (France), the Ecole Superieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré in Paris (France), the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimédia Balla Fasséké Kouyaté  in Bamako (Mali), the Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts de Tunis  (Tunisia) and the Universidad de los Andes (http://www.uniandes.edu.co/) in Bogotá (Colombia).

In France, the students studied at the Centre national du costume de scène (CNCS) and with ceramists with the support of the International Academy of Ceramics  and the European Cultural Network for Development Cooperation . Abroad, they were hosted by Animana S.A.  (Argentina), Ardy2M Design Studio Private Limited (India) and VietCraft  (Vietnam). Their work will be presented at the International Heritage Show thanks to a partnership with the Ateliers d'Art de France .

UNESCO's initiatives in the areas of crafts and design fall under the Organisation’s Main Line of Action on the development of creative industries and promote:

 • Creativity: arts and crafts are holders of a cultural heritage that must be preserved while at the same time encouraging creativity;

 • Dialogue: social cohesion, exchange and sharing of know-how and techniques are favored;

 • Development: craft activities contributing to the dynamism in the sector are supported.

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