This is what the World looks like at Play!

Visit the inspiring exhibition of Jyväskylä Art Museum, open until End April 2024

The exhibition was opened by Prof. Werner Olivier and Flora Olivier from the Nelson Mandela University, South Africa, Dr. Kristof Fenyvesi STEAM director of Experience Workshop, senior researcher from University of Jyväskylä, and Prof. Raita Steyn, Art historian from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Welcome Address by Jukka Sinnemäki from the Jyväskylä Christian School, Finland.

In the spirit of STEAM learning, the main aim is to call to action Finnish children and young people to explore sustainable development creatively. The exhibition will be showcased at the Jyväskylä Art Museum’s educational space ‘Ilmiö’ on the 3rd floor, starting from August 15, 2023, until October 1, 2023. After a temporary closure to replace the main exhibition, it will reopen on October 27, 2023, alongside the opening of the Elina Brotherus exhibition and remain open until April 28, 2024.

Inspiring Exploration and Dialogue

During the initial weeks of the exhibition, sixth-grade students from Jyväskylä will have the opportunity to participate in workshops and guided tours, engaging in thought-provoking discussions about sustainable development, the importance of critical thinking for the ethical use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the actions needed to ensure a sustainable future.

Fostering Positive Attitudes

The World at Play exhibition aims to instill positive attitudes towards mathematics and the arts among children, parents, teachers, and society as a whole. By promoting co-teaching between art and mathematics instructors and fostering project-based learning, the exhibition aims to enhance the professional development and skills of teachers.

A Shared Vision

The exhibition in the Jyväskylä Art Museum draws inspiration from Nelson Mandela University’s South African Mathematics and Art Challenge. Both the South African and the Finnish programs were initiated in cooperation with an international group by Kristóf Fenyvesi, Senior Researcher at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä. Fenyvesi has dedicated his career to advocating for the connection of art and mathematics, actively involved in international research projects focusing on multidisciplinary learning.

The showcased works have been carefully selected from the richly illustrated book, “MathArt Expressions: Creative Visual Connections with Mathematics by South African Youth.” These artworks offer a unique South African perspective on responsibility, urging us to reflect on sustainable development as a universal concern affecting everyone, regardless of their location.

A Collaborative Endeavor

Collaborating institutions and organizers include the University of Jyväskylä, the Jyväskylä Art Museum, the Finnish Institute for Educational Research, University of Jyväskylä’s Teacher Training program and the Faculty of Information Technology, JYU Coalition of Africa Networks, the National Light-Training Association’s Alyteko project, the Experience Workshop ay, and Jyväskylä and Art Testers.

Invitation to Embrace Creativity and Hope

We invite everyone to contribute to The World at Play exhibition at the Jyväskylä Art Museum and embrace the creativity, innovation, and hope for a sustainable future expressed by our young artists. The exhibition will be open for public viewing from August 15, 2023, to October 1, 2023, and will resume on October 27, 2023, running until April 28, 2024.

In August and September, the exhibition will feature STEAM programs by the Nelson Mandela University’s STEAM Education team, Dr. Carine Steyn, Flora Olivier and Prof. Werner Olivier, who is University of Jyväskylä’s Guest Researcher for two months. On October 1, this exhibition will serve as the highlight of the Finnish National Agency for Education’s teacher conference about sustainability.

Digital exhibition

Flip through the book and get a taste of the artwork here.

For further information, please contact:

Sirpa Turpeinen, Curator of Education, Jyväskylä Art Museum
Phone: +358 50 542 0591

Join us on this transformative journey of creativity and sustainability at The World at Play exhibition!

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