AIMS (Artiste Intervenant en Milieu Scolaire or Artist Educator Residency in School) is a program of artistic residencies for alumni of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA), in schools in Saint-Ouen, a suburb of Paris. Founded in 2009, it is a partnership between the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, an arts school, a local municipality and the French Ministry of Education towards educational/artistic outreach that leads to a post-grad diploma.
The program harnesses the power that arts can exercise in social inclusion and educational innovation in public schools. It also provides a unique opportunity for young artists to train as educators while at the same time furthering their artistic journey.
An unprecedented curriculum in France combining artistic creation and social impact
Each artist is given a room in a school where he/she regularly works with a class of students over the academic year on one hand, and uses this space for his/her personal artistic work on the other hand.
Artists and school community share, analyze, discuss and create artistic works. Their collective work culminates in an exhibition that takes places in June in a gallery near the Beaux-arts.