Critical ARts Education for Sustainable Societies

CY01 – Foundation for the Management of European Lifelong Learning Programmes. KA220-HED – Cooperation partnerships in higher education. 2021-1-CY01-KA220-HED-000032127

Project CARESS is about widening the access to the arts through online and blended learning and enhancing arts education with education for sustainable development elements that will promote creative thinking, critical and systemic thinking, reflection, and development of skills, attitudes, and values. (Pavlou & Kadji 2021, Vare et al. 2019).


CARESS aims to develop/adjust a pedagogical framework for online and blended learning specifically for arts education and examine its application by developing and delivering innovative teacher training that will empower teachers in arts education.

We specifically seek to

  1. Develop a transformative pedagogical framework for online and blended learning specifically for arts education and contemporary developments that are characterized by experiential/ practical components of the field, the creative production of messages which are socially negotiated and culturally formed.
  2. Develop localized training programs for student-teachers/ teachers according to the framework, specifically for arts education.
  3. Evaluate local teacher courses/training programs based on the innovative educational practices emerging by online and blended learning as well as an interdisciplinary approach for education through the arts.
  4. Create a culture of collaboration to promote excellence between participants, through establishing professional communities of learning as a means of professional development.
  5. Produce a handbook to support academics/ Higher Education Institutions and other important stakeholders to develop and implement innovative arts education courses in an online and blended environment.


During the project implementation, we do expect to engage the education community (HEIs, academics, schools, teachers’ associations, research associations) in the discussion on innovative practices for enhanced academics’ and teachers’ support towards arts education to respond to a range of changing educational demands, primarily digital transformation, and socially engaged arts.

We expect to point out new topics for further research and analysis, such as how we can enhance the quality of art lessons, arts integration, critical art pedagogy for student teachers, teachers, and subsequently, pupils to acquire key competencies in school but also for their lives to ensure an inclusive and critical society.

We also aim to produce training materials to be utilized by HEIs for pre-service & in-service teachers, as well as other relevant stakeholders.

At the end of the project, the activities and engagement with different stakeholders will result in an increased awareness of the possibilities of quality arts education within a blended or fully online environment as well as of the connection that arts can have with pupils’ real-life needs.


  • Frederick University, Xipre (coordinador)
  • Universita Ta Malta, Malta
  • Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis, Grècia
  • Uniwersytet Im. Adama Mickiewicza W Poznaniu, Polònia
  • Universitat de Barcelona, Espanya

UB Research Team

  • Aurelio Castro Varela (IP)
  • Fernando Hernández-Hernández
  • Laura Malinverni
  • Fernando Herraiz García
  • Sara Carrasco Segovia
  • Marina Riera Retamero
  • Paula Estalayo Bielsa
  • Silvia de Riba Mayoral
  • Xavier Giró Gràcia
  • Ascensión Moreno González
  • Joan Miquel Porquer Rigo