Ana Mae Barbosa, recognized as a pioneer in the propagation of art education in schools in Brazil, has always defended that the teaching of arts is the space for the development of creativity that will be useful for other areas of knowledge. Like her, neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga has developed numerous researches concluding that the arts are extremely important for cognition. That is, an artistic experience, such as listening to, learning, or singing a song, activates the brain’s cognitive circuits.
However, the teaching of arts in schools and also in universities is still misunderstood in Brazil, often being relegated to a space of lesser value in proposing, for example, public policies and budget definitions.
Those who went through the classrooms of higher education courses in the arts, however, know how to talk about the differential that this training brought them. Important names from the Paraná and national artistic scene have registered in their professional trajectory the passage through art training.
Aly Muritiba, a Bahian director based in Paraná, who recently had his film “Private Desert” nominated for an Oscar, is a graduate of the Faculty of Cinema and Audiovisual of the Faculty of Arts of Paraná (Fap/Unespar) and says that the course is offered in a public university was the big difference for his career.
“The essence of a Film course at a public university was essential for a person like me to study. If such a public course didn’t exist, probably I and many would not be able to access film training”, says Muritiba.
Graduated from the Dance Course, teacher and master’s student Mariah Sumukawa Spagnolo, emphasizes that it is necessary to understand that science and arts are related. “As Professor Jorge de Albuquerque Vieira says, both the arts and science are forms of knowledge and both create solutions to real questions. While science seeks to unravel reality, Art works with the possibilities and invention of the real. It is also important to remember that the environment for training in the arts provides dialogue with artists and our peers”, he says.
Mariah was born in Araçatuba (SP) and has lived in Curitiba (PR) since 2014. She is a dance teacher and artist interested in the creation processes and in the elaboration of a dialogue with anthropology and the studies of perception. She is currently a Master’s student at the Postgraduate Program in Art at the State University of Paraná (PPGartes UNESPAR).
Democratize access to Art and Culture
For Professor Daniel Momoli, from the Undergraduate course in Visual Arts at Unespar, the academic training of teachers who will be in schools is essential. “When we talk about training professionals in the arts, we are talking about different courses, such as visual arts, dance, music, theater, among others. Therefore, these are courses at the degree level that prepare teachers, who will work with arts in schools,” says Momoli.
“Many people ask themselves why take an art class at school. To work with the knowledge and practices that mobilize the sensitive forms of knowledge and that help us understand the relationships we establish with ourselves, with others and with the world, also enabling the democratization of access to art and culture”, completes the professor.
Registration for Unespar’s 2022 Entrance Exam
As one of the main universities with courses for training in the Arts, Unespar will close, next Wednesday (20), the enrollment for the 2022 entrance exam.
Of the 71 undergraduate courses with open vacancies, more than 15 are aimed at professional training in the arts – Licentiate and Bachelor’s Degree, such as Visual Arts, Theater, Dance, Singing, Music, Music Therapy, Cinema and Audiovisual, among others. Vacancies are offered at the offices in Curitiba: on Campus 1, at the School of Music and Fine Arts of Paraná (Embap) and Campus 2 – at the Faculdade de Artes do Paraná (FAP).
Enrollments for the Admission Selection Process in the 2022 Undergraduate Courses of the State University of Paraná must be made exclusively through the internet until 23:59 on October 20, 2021.
Edition: Lia Bianchini