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During the four years of the Art for Children project, 130 buildings of art schools were repaired, 12.5 thousand new musical instruments and 6.5 thousand units of special educational equipment were purchased.

The Art for Children project, which was created in 2018, continues its work. With its help, the city develops, modernizes and improves children’s art schools. Work is being carried out in several areas – from the overhaul of existing or selection of new buildings, landscaping to the purchase of musical instruments, furniture and equipment.

In addition, thanks to the project, some schools were able to open new educational programs in modern and sought-after creative specialties. As noted Natalya Sergunina, Deputy Mayor of Moscow, today the planned work on the modernization of the capital’s art schools has been completed by more than 80 percent.

“The task of the city is to create conditions within walking distance in every district for the creative development of children. Since 2018, 130 facilities have been comprehensively repaired, eight hectares of adjacent territories have been landscaped, about 12.5 thousand new musical instruments and more than 6.5 thousand pieces of equipment have been purchased. In 2022, we plan to complete the bulk of the work to modernize the city’s network of art schools – more than 250,000 square meters,” said Natalia Sergunina.

The city has all the conditions for the cultural and aesthetic development of each child. There are 150 colleges and children’s art schools in Moscow. This is the largest network of institutions of additional creative education in the world. It is also unique for the world practice that education in Moscow art schools is free. The most talented students receive grants from the Mayor of Moscow. More than 100,000 children are currently studying in city colleges and art schools in 56 areas.

Modern classrooms and comfortable seating areas

During the repair, specialists take into account the architectural features of each object. For example, in old buildings, all preserved original decorative elements are carefully restored. In addition to the repair of facades, roofs and utilities, the interior is also being tidied up – comfortable areas with poufs and armchairs are being equipped in the halls and corridors, where students can relax between classes, and classrooms are equipped with modern high-quality furniture. Thus, 37.3 thousand sets of furniture were purchased for children’s art schools in four years.

For several schools that had been forced to rent premises for many years, buildings were selected or constructed as part of the Art for Children project. For example, in 2019, the Children’s Music School No. 64 found its home, and in 2021, the Kiev Children’s Music School moved to the new premises of the separate building of the Kievsky Cultural Center. In 2019, a new building was built for the structural subdivision of the Kuskovo School of Arts, the Franz Liszt Children’s Music School, and in 2021, the construction of the premises for the M.I. Glinka.

The territories adjacent to art schools are also being transformed. They are being comprehensively landscaped: ornamental plants and trees are being planted, parking lots for scooters and bicycles are being created, recreation areas with gazebos and original benches in the shape of musical instruments, and new fences are being installed.

Rare musical instruments and recording studios

In some schools, thanks to the project, very rare musical instruments have appeared, for example, an organ, a harpsichord, a marimba (a percussion musical instrument similar to a xylophone), a harp, a horn, and a bassoon.

And in 2021 for the children’s music school named after N.P. Rakov purchased two disklaviers (this is a mechanical piano that allows you to record a musician’s game and then play it back). And if you connect two Disklaviers to each other via the Internet, you can transfer the musician’s game from one instrument to another in real time, even if they are thousands of kilometers apart. These unique instruments allow you to conduct distance lessons and competitive auditions, as well as use the Disklavier to accompany you in vocal lessons.

In addition, in children’s music schools named after I.S. Kozlovsky, named after N.P. Rakov and named after N.G. Rubinstein, modern recording studios were opened. For students, professional microphones, mixing consoles, acoustic systems, MIDI keyboards for recording electronic music were purchased.

For students involved in painting and sculpture, new easels and muffle furnaces for firing clay were purchased. New ballet machines appeared in dance classes.

Virtual reality systems and modern creative professions

As part of the Art for Children project, graphics tablets, computers with special software, VR glasses with motion sensors, professional cameras, systems for creating virtual reality and 3D animation appeared in art schools.

Some schools that have received modern equipment have been able to open or are planning to launch new extra-budgetary educational programs in popular creative specialties. For example, children aged 10 to 18 can now study graphic and sound design at the Phoenix Children’s Art School. Each of these courses is designed for one year of study. In sound design classes, students learn the basics of arranging and musical composition, sound dramaturgy and sound special effects. And in graphic design lessons, they master Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator programs, create leaflets, business cards, stickers, and study the principles of frame-by-frame animation.

By September 2022, the M.I. Glinka plans to open one-year courses for children aged 11 to 14 in sound design, web design and VR technologies. In the web design lessons, the guys will develop websites using HTML codes and CSS styles, and in the VR technology lessons, they will create applications and games for mobile devices. Children’s Music School named after V.Ya. Shebalina plans to open courses for children over 12 on the basics of animation and 3D modeling by the new academic year. In the classroom, the children will learn the best techniques for creating cartoons, master the professional tools of animators, and will also be able to print their own creative project on a 3D printer, such as a building model or any other object.

The Art for Children project was organized four years ago at the initiative of the Moscow Government. By the end of 2022, it is planned to repair another 24 buildings of art schools, as well as purchase more than six thousand sets of special educational furniture, 3.9 thousand pieces of technological equipment and 2.5 thousand musical instruments for them.

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