The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations

Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts - AIMS

AIMS is a unique model in France that empowers students to become not only thoughtful consumers of the visual culture, but also creators and manipulators of it.

The school-based program Artiste Intervenant en Milieu Scolaire (AIMS) places alumni of the Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts (Ensba) in residency in some of Saint-Ouen’s most underserved schools – a suburb of Paris. In partnership with the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, a prestigious arts school, a City and the French Ministry of Education, this program was launched in 2009 towards educational/artistic outreach that leads to a post-grad diploma.

The program harnesses the power that arts exercise in social inclusion and educational innovation in public schools. It also provides a unique opportunity for the Beaux-arts’ alumni to train as artist-educators while furthering their artistic journey.

An unprecedented curriculum in France combining artistic creation and social impact

Each artist has a dedicated room in a school where he/she regularly provides students in grades three through fourth with high-quality, deep learning experiences that these youth would otherwise have limited or no access to. The artist also uses this space for his/her personal artistic work

AIMS artists collaborate with classroom teachers over the course of the school year to share, analyze, discuss and create artistic works.

At the end of the school year, the artists feature approximately 100 AIMS artists and students works created collectively during the residency in a special exhibition at a gallery near the Beaux-arts. 

In addition to providing students with high-quality arts education, AIMS offers a support to the artists. A sociologist guides them in their work with the children, the preparation of the catalogue, the final exhibition and in the reflection on their dissertation.

Both the artists and the children benefit from their enriching experience of sharing, discovery and co-creativity.

Young artists recently graduated from the Beaux-arts are selected through a rigorous application process. In July, the finalists meet the jury’s members composed by professionals.

AIMS is:
• 21 artists since the program’s inception in 2010;
• An unprecedented partnership between a foundation, a school, a ministry and a city;
• An innovative program leading to professional opportunities for artists;
• 11 schools and 21 classes involved and a total number of approximately 500 students impacted.

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