Keynote Inputs

National Museum of Contemporary Arts, Lisbon

Emilia Ferreira, Director of the Museo Nacional De Arte Contemporanea in Lisbon, introduces the MNAC and shows how the museum successfully engaged thousands of people, including many children, in very practical and creative ways during the long periods of closure and lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Working with artists in residence they encouraged everyone to draw through live lessons on a YouTube channel, they then asked for responses to a famous 19th-century painting. This led to a mass participation, many interpretations were submitted, and this resulted in an exhibition of popular art, mounted when lockdown ended. Responses came from all over the world.

Professor Paul R. Carr

UNESCO Chair in Democracy, Global Citizenship & Transformative Education. University of Quebec, Canada.

"Believing that it exists, when we're not sure what it is…Could we paint a picture of Democracy?"

Professor Carr sets out a comprehensive global perspective which contextualises the strengths, weakenesses and threats to democracy in 2022. He gives a succinct critical analysis of modern media-driven democracy in relation to imperative global issues of sustainability, inequality, human rights, militarism and xenophobia. He outlines the democratizing significance of major cultural art forms, social movements, protests and the role of education in developing values-based solidarity. The lecture is punctuated by inspiring images, quotes, references and video clips (55 minutes).