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Dream Up : an Art in Schools programme led by the Mus-E Belgium Association

  • 19.07.2016

For its Dream Up programme in Belgium, the BNP Paribas Foundation is supporting the Mus-E Belgium association’s work to develop an Art in Schools programme focusing on young people in Brussels schools in disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

For three years, Mus-E Belgium will bring together artists, children and teachers in several primary schools in Brussels (both Dutch- and French-speaking). These 8 to 11 year old children will be introduced to artistic expression (visual arts, dance and music) by professional artists. They will all play a part in shaping the project, according to their individual tastes.

The schools that Mus-E Belgium will be working with in Brussels are located in the city’s “crescent of poverty”. Their students are mostly of foreign origin, economically disadvantaged, and speak little French or Dutch.  Together with the artists of Mus-E, these schools are becoming spaces for artistic co-creation for the children.

In addition, this long-term artistic project will give teachers the opportunity to learn about and adopt creative working methods and approaches that can be very useful in their teaching.  Through this experience, they will be able to reassess the children’s many skills and different types of intelligence. 

Crédit photo : Caroline Le Hello / Capa Corporate

Through Dream Up, by bringing together children, teachers, and artists, the BNP Paribas and BNP Paribas Fortis Foundations will open these schools up to the outside world as they become places of learning for the children.

Watch the video to find out more:  Cœur d’Ixelles school (Ixelles) and Emile André school (Marolles district) in Brussels.