Our approach to education

One of the R&D themes of TCAF lies on the impact of art on education.

Indeed, several studies have suggested that art strengthens individual attitudes and cognitive skills; other research proposes to see cultural education as a form of social development. Our goal is to test and expand these findings, contributing to data-informed art education projects.



1) Art and education: strengthening attitudes and cognitive skills
There is widespread evidence that access to art strengthens the attitudes of students as well as their skills and cognitive abilities. However, despite these very promising findings, it is difficult to establish causality. Indeed, in most studies there were no control groups, no modelling of variables to identify independence, no clear typologies and, finally, no replication in other contexts. Doing so is the first main goal of our R&D work on this topic.

2) Learning as a form of social development
Other studies and discussions have a more social understanding of the impact of education – for example, proposing to use heritage as a resource to strengthen civic competencies, NCK, IRMO, Interarts Foundation, 2013. However, causality remains unproven and longitudinal evidence remains rate. Overcoming these gaps is the second main goal of our R&D work on this topic.

To discuss a potential collaboration, email Marianne Magnin, our chair of the board, or Mafalda Dâmaso, our R&D Manager.

Header image © Roger Alarcon for TCAF