|The memorandum stipulates that the two parties co-operate in preparing a strategic plan for the development of the Art Academy of Latvia and strengthening its international competitiveness. |
In order to achieve the set goals, a working group of selected experts will conduct research and draft a strategic plan of action. The working group will consist of representatives of the Art Academy of Latvia led by the Academy′s Rector Prof. Aleksejs Naumovs and of other local and international experts led by Dr Attila Pausits (Head of the Centre for University Continuing Education and Educational Management at Danube University Krems (Austria) and MARIHE Academic Director (Erasmus Mundus)) and Sandris Kolomenskis (Senior Consultant of the "Education Excellence Programme of the Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation", previously Director of Microsoft Central and Eastern European Education sector).
Signing of the memorandum has further consolidated the collaboration of the two institutions. The main objective of the partnership is to promote the strategic development of high-quality art education in Latvia and to improve its competitiveness, capacity and ability to achieve excellence. Both parties agree that additional support for the training of highly qualified arts professionals would considerably boost the growth of the sphere of art and creative industries and likewise would stimulate economic growth and raise the overall welfare in Latvia. With the assistance of the newly established platform of co-operation it is intended to lay the necessary foundations for the improvement of student achievement and to establish the Art Academy of Latvia as an internationally recognized institution of quality arts education.
The Boris and Ināra Teterev foundation was established in 2010. The aim of the Foundation is to support distinguished and socially important charitable initiatives in Latvia and abroad. The Teterev family is particularly keen on supporting culture, education and community development organizations in cities and rural areas of Latvia. In 2011, the Teterev Family Foundation was awarded Special Annual Prize for benefactions by the State Inspection for Heritage Protection of the Republic of Latvia, UNESCO National Commission Latvia and the association "ICOMOS Latvia". In 2011, the Foundation was awarded a diploma for high quality work for the people and significant contribution to promoting volunteer work in Latvia by the Ministry of Education and Science within the framework of the European Year of Volunteering.
Art Academy of Latvia and the Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation have collaborated previously by establishing the Art Academy of Latvia award which for the first time was presented in autumn 2011. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding achievements in Latvian visual art, design and art history. The jury nominated in total 35 artists who were competing in three age groups. The winners - painter Džemma Skulme, art historian Laima Slava and painter Jānis Avotiņš - were announced on 21 September 2011.