Art as an Economy

Tempus project HESDeSPI Higher Education System Development for Social Partnership Improvement and Humanity Sciences Competitiveness launched in 2010 will terminate on July 14, 2013.

The main objective of the project is to develop a joint, accessible and successful system of methodological recommendations that will increase the competitiveness of humanity sciences and involve the social partners into it.

On April 17, 2013 the Information meeting of the above-mentioned project was held at Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts (YSAFA) with the participation of Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction (YSUAC) (These two Universities were involved in the project). The aim of the meeting was to present the achievements and results of the project’s 3-year duration. Lana Karlova- National Tempus office coordinator was also among the guests.

Mary Patvakanyan the head of International relations department of YSAFA outlined in her speech that the programme helped to clearly realize and visualize the inclusion of art into the economic market.
“It’s true that we don’t view art as an economy for the present but a day will come and we’ll be able to clearly view its move to the economy”. From this Tempus programme we received as a heritage several modules. YSAFA chose the modules of “Art management” and “IT in the Field of Fine Arts”, mentioned Mary Patvakanyan in her concluding speech.

She also outlined the importance of advisory board establishment that had helped to the management of chosen modules. The advisory board consisted of the representatives of the following institutions: RA Ministry of Culture, “Cultural dialogue” foundation, RA Ministry of Education and Science, National Gallery, History Museum of Armenia, Modern Art Museum in Yerevan, RA Artists’ Union, RA Architects’ Union, Institute for Modern Art, etc.

Mary Patvakanyan was happy to mention that two subjects were implemented in the YSAFA Master programme for the specialty art-criticism; those two subjects were: “Art Management” and “Information Technologies in the Field of Fine Arts”.

Then Irina Vanyan from YSUAC made her speech.