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September Twitter chat: Art schools and education, with co-hosts Akimbo and OCAD U

September 13th, 2012

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 1 to 2 p.m. EST we are teaming up with Akimbo and OCAD University and co-hosting an hour-long online discussion about art schools and art education. We hope you’ll join us!

Students young and old are getting settled into classrooms across the country this month, and that includes students studying art in full-time and part-time programs, as well as continuing education courses and workshops. They have a spectrum of goals and needs, whether they are aiming to brush up on technique, delve deep into art history and theory or gain a fuller understanding of what it means to be a practicing artist in Canada. What skills do they need to succeed? Where can they learn those skills? And how can their art education help them achieve their short- and long-term goals?

With their broad-ranging experience with and knowledge of art schools and education, we’re glad to have Akimbo’s Social Media Director James Fowler and OCAD U’s Media & Communications Officer Sarah Mulholland as our co-hosts on Sept. 26. Our Twitter chat will explore the following questions:

Q1 What are some of the top Canadian art schools?

Q2 What opportunities does a degree education give artists that casual classes or self-learning would not?

Q3 How important is it for artists to learn about art history and theory as part of their schooling?

Q4 What new programs/courses/workshops are emerging in Canada and what ones would you like to see?

Q5 What other “non–art practice” skills should young artists learn?

Q6 What do you look for in an art instructor, program, studio or theory class or workshop?

Q7 What mechanisms or services are there to help a new graduate succeed?

Q8 For people who don’t consider themselves artists, what are the benefits to taking part-time or occasional art classes?



PRIZES
Get ready to tweet up a storm! The top contributor to this chat will get tickets to an upcoming educational talk at the AGO, as well as stylin’ swag from Akimbo and OCAD U.


HOW TO TAKE PART

What #AkimboChat is a Twitter discussion, hosted by Akimbo, with a new art topic each month. Breaking from our usual #ArtHour schedule, we are joining forces with Akimbo and OCAD U for a mega-chat about art schools and education.

When Wednesday, September 26, 1 to 2 p.m. EST.

Where On Twitter. Follow @agotoronto, @akimboart and @ocad for more information, or search for the hashtag #AkimboChat. You can follow along using Tweetchat by using the #AkimboChat hashtag.

Who This #AkimboChat is for everyone: art students, schools, educators, working artists, arts professionals, galleries and museums, and anyone interested in learning more and meeting other passionate art fans.

How Starting at 1 p.m. @agotoronto, @akimboart and @ocad will be tweeting questions using the hashtag #AkimboChat. Anyone can respond, also using #AkimboChat. For example, we would tweet “Q1 What is your favourite painting? #AkimboChat,” and you could tweet back “A1 The West Wind by Tom Thomson! #AkimboChat.”

We hope that you’ll help spread the word and join us for this special collaborative Twitter chat. For more information, please email meagan_campbell@ago.net. #ArtHour returns to its regular schedule, the second Thursday of the month, on Oct. 11, 2012.

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