Our Goals, Our Mission:

Artists should grow with the energy of new environments and new ideas.

This is the goal and ultimate mission of the Vita Institute for that Arts : to breathe life into the artist through small community workshops in places where the culture and history stimulate the artist into visioning new ideas, concepts and possibilities without restricting the experience by either a rigid format or a artificial grade structure.

Inspired by Don Eugene Seastrum, who has years of experience teaching in Florence and adapting his art from that  experience, Vita Institute for the Arts has expanded from his initial concepts through discussions with his colleagues Phil Ward and Boris Shoshensky  to become a reality.  In a series of Summer 2011 meetings, Don, Phil and Boris hammered out a clear and unique direction for the institute.

Vita Institute for the Arts is an art education organization dedicated to meeting the needs of practitioners in the arts who are seeking continued professional development.

 The goal and ultimate mission of the Vita Institute for that Arts is to breathe life into the artist through small community workshops that stimulate the artist into visioning new ideas without restricting the experience by either a rigid format or an artificial grade structure.

VITA Institute offers Learner-centered workshops and programs based on the idea of Novum Est–something new. These workshops and programs are led by nationally and internationally known artists and offer self-motivated individualized programs of study within the structure of a small yet dynamic learning community.

Participants are encouraged to investigate her or his own vision of the world while developing skills with a purposeful inquiry and creative expression in locations both nationally and internationally.  The Institute also encourages collaboration between visual artist, writers, musicians, filmmakers, poets, photographers, artists from all media and disciplines. Collaborations that will expand and advance the dialogue between disciplines.

With a Learner-centered approach here your ideas and concepts are your own. Rather than the VITA Institute telling each participant what they should study and/or learn the Institutes workshops offer a general outline of topics and categories, such as the aspects of process, product, and response, from which each individual participant can construct their own personal workshop experience.

Participants determine their direction supported by the experience of the workshop presenters and your fellow participants.  The workshops will encourage each member to investigate her or his own vision of the world. The workshop leaders will establish an environment in which each Learner can investigate a number of techniques, concepts, and principles that will build toward their idea of novum est.

Artists should grow with the energy of new environments and new ideas.

First, the workshops presented by the Vita Institute for the Arts are for self-motivated artists seeking further professional development (this is an all inclusive term and is not limited to visual artists) who appreciate highly individualized programs of study as part of a small, yet dynamic learning community.

Second, the workshops are for artists looking for professional development in their fields seeking new directions, intensity and community without the constraints of a University imposed rigid format or an artificial grade structure.

Third, participants are encouraged to investigate her or his own vision of the world while developing skills with purposeful inquiry and creative expression in locations both nationally and internationally.

Finally, Vita Institute for the Arts promoting an educational format dedicated to the advancement of artist vision, personal interpretation and skill development in a supportive collaborative environment.

 


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