arte y maestro


Arte y Maestro Weekends (Arts and Teachers Weekends) is a series of seminars for Aruban teachers, developed in collaboration with international and local professionals in the field of art education.


These seminars introduce teachers to the concept of art mediation and the importance of arts in school curriculums. Through discussions and exercises, the program will provide tools and resources to develop a new approach for a new art curriculum (Arte den Skol). Each Arte y Maestro Weekend will be hosted by a local or international professional in the field of arts education, who will share her/his best practices, methodologies and vision.


The seminars will not only provide guidelines and new perspectives but also encourage critical thinking and active participation by the teachers.


Arte y maestro Weekends aims to:


  • Introduce teachers to education in and through art

  • Understand the need for art in society and its limitations

  • Introduce teachers to the concept of art mediation

  • Introduce teachers to different approaches and perspectives of art education

  • Develop potential frameworks for learning in and through the arts




David Smeulders

Curator of Education

De Appel Arts Center


David Smeulders is the Education Curator at De Appel. David's projects focus on crossing boundaries between the field of contemporary art and other disciplines. These programs facilitate artistic and socially relevant dialogues with various cultural and social organizations, both in Amsterdam and abroad. David holds a Masters Degree in Adult Education Sciences from the Vrije Universiteit Brussels and is interested in bringing together people, objects and ideas to stimulate different forms of learning. From 2011 until 2017 David was the Audience Development Coordinator for Manifesta, the European Nomadic Biennial, where he developed different Art Mediation methodologies, to engage new local audiences with contemporary art.

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Renata Cervetto

Independent Arts Professional

Buenos Aires

Renata Cervetto's ongoing research focuses on pedagogical programs in Latin American biennials, specially focusing in São Paulo and Mercosul. For the past years, she has been looking into performance as a way of critical mediation and its possibilities for negotiation and debate within different contexts. Between 2015 and 2018 she coordinated MALBA´s education department (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires), developing new programs and methodologies for working with schools, teachers and teenagers. As part of this project, she co-edited together with Miguel A. López "Agítese antes de usar. Desplazamientos educativos, sociales y artísticos América Latina" (MALBA - TEOR/éTica, 2017). 

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Yoeri Meessen

Associate Director Education & Public Affairs

Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art


Yoeri Meessen is Witte de With’s Associate Director of Education & Public Affairs, where he started as Curator Education & Theory in 2013. Originally trained as a teacher of Fine Arts and Art History, he holds a Master’s degree in Arts, Culture and Media from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, specializing in arts and social theory. Previously he was Curator of Public Works Utrecht and was Head of Education and External Relations at Manifesta, the European Nomadic Biennial.

Courtesy © Manifesta 11

Courtesy © Antonia Fratini

Courtesy © Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art