Contemporary challenges to our art education in higher education setting come from many fronts: new technology replacing our human incompetencies, wider inequities resulting from differential distribution of wealth, growing bureaucratisation, and the rise of fundamentalistic ideologies. When art educations can be broken down into series of tasks, tutorials, contents, and chat scenarios then intelligent software can dutifully replace art teachers. Further, inequities along the axes of wealth result in unequal access, allocated resources, differential expectation, and gaps in future jobs.
Bureaucratisation creates dull and stiff sensibilities. And fundamentalistic ideology uses art to promote its agenda in prioritising certain groups and values.
Every challenge provides opportunities and alternatives that we are now seeing experiments in methods of delivery to reach ever-wider and ever-present audience. Inclusive spaces for learning arts are created within, outside, and in-between of institutions. Transparent criteria and evaluation are demanded to ensure equities between students. The time cannot be more perfect to invite you to share what your experiments and explorations are to create learning opportunities in arts and designs.