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.

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.

During the all program, the artists are accompanied by an expert sociologist who 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 graduated recently from the Beaux-arts are selected through a rigorous application process. The finalists meet the jury’s members composed by professionals.

AIMS is:
• 16 artists since the program’s inception in 2010
• An unprecedented collaboration among a foundation, a school, a ministry and a city;
• An innovative project leading to professional opportunities for artists;
• 12 schools and 16 classes involved and a total number of approximately 400 students impacted.