Salon Culture #1: Interview With Lars Ebert ELIA by Culture Action Europe published on 2019-02-26T11:34:51Z Why must culture be central in rebuilding Europe? How does culture foster development of sustainable and resilient societies? Why should culture and the arts get a substantial financial support? Culture Action Europe discusses cultural policy developments with experts, policy-makers, artists, activists, partners and friends. Salon Culture #1 is dedicated to Culture and Education. European institutions have long acknowledged the benefits of arts and cultural education. ‘Cultural awareness and expression’, understood as the appreciation of the importance of the creative expression of ideas, experiences and emotions in a range of media, including music, performing arts, literature, and the visual arts, is one of the eight key competences that the Union set forth in lifelong learning. In the current political and social context, cultural awareness and expression emerges as a core competence supporting the values of democracy, fostering active citizenship and positive self-awareness, as well as intercultural dialogue. Culture Action Europe in conversation with Lars Ebert of ELIA – The European League of Institutes of the Arts and Castrum Peregrini. How moving from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) approach to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) can develop intercultural competences and creative skills for future generations. Lars Ebert is managing board member at cultural foundation Castrum Peregrini in Amsterdam, where he lives and works. With his partners he realises a programme of exhibitions, lectures, publications, think tank meetings and international projects. For ELIA – The European League of Institutes of the Arts he advises and advocates higher arts education institutions in questions related to the development of and engagement in the European Higher Education Area. He represents ELIA in various stakeholder processes about research in and through the arts, cultural and creative industries and social inclusion.