Community outreach programmes at UArtes
The 2008 Constitution of the Republic of Ecuador established education as a public and essential good for expression of rights and as a condition to get a better lifestyle. This conception underpinned the higher education system reform (2010) and allowed the creation of the Universidad de las Artes (UArtes) in 2013.
UArtes understands public higher education in arts as a platform for collective work. UArtes also acknowledges the transformative potential of art education with/from/within the communities. In this way, we try to ensure quality education while generating relevant knowledge.
Community outreach programmes at UArtes consider education as a public resource. Following this line of thought, our programmes are seen as a responsibility and an effective participatory right of the university community in social transformation, which is nourished and strengthened from the processes of teaching and research.
Cumulus was founded in 1990; it is the only global association to serve art and design education and research. It is a forum for partnership and transfer of knowledge and best practices. Cumulus consists currently of 340 members from 61 countries. UArtes a member of Cumulus since 2017, will host the Cumulus 2021 event. UArtes intends to create an international virtual event prioritizing the development of relations and exchange with the outside to articulate the local with the global.
Universidad de las Artes del Ecuador (UArtes), founded in 2013, is one of the four public universities devoted solely to the arts in Latin America. As a public higher education institution in the arts has five schools: Film, Sound Arts, Literature, Visual Arts and Performing Arts. UArtes offers 7 bachelors within their schools; and four master programmes: Cultural Policy and Arts Management, Photography and Latin American Society, Creative Writing, Music Composition and Sound Arts.
The University endeavours to direct its teaching and research activities to focus on creative production and critical reflection in arts, attending to the development of diverse aesthetic concepts and criteria, the stimulation of creative talent that uses a maximum of expressive abilities and the link between art and social transformation.