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 sur Seine’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
Up to 2015, Each artist had a dedicated room in a school where he/she regularly provided 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 used this space for his/her personal artistic work
AIMS artists collaborated 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 featured approximately 100 AIMS artists and students works created collectively during the residency in a special exhibition at a gallery near the Beaux-arts.