16th European Arts Therapies Conference
22-25 September 2021
Vilnius is Lithuania’s capital city and known for its baroque architecture, seen especially in its medieval Old Town. The buildings lining this district’s partially cobblestoned streets reflect diverse styles and eras, from the neoclassical Vilnius Cathedral to Gothic St. Anne's Church. Indeed the buildings in the Old Town were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. The city has a rich history in terms of the arts and education, and the four partner institutions each offer an opportunity to discover some of the past and cultural heritage of this remarkable place.
The following institutions are hosting the conference:
The University of Vilnius, founded in 1579, is one of the oldest and most famous establishments of higher education in Eastern and Central Europe. Functioning for a long time as the only school of higher learning in Lithuania, it has preserved cultural and scientific traditions and has played a significant part in the cultural life of not only Lithuania, but the neighbouring countries as well. Now it is a leading university in the Baltic countries with impressive study programmes, remarkable science achievements, rich social activities, more than 23,000 students and about 1,500 partner universities all over the world.
The Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre is an internationally recognized higher education institution, which trains artists for a professional career in music, theatre, dance and film and offers related theoretical studies. Founded in 1933, the Academy currently hosts about 1,000 students in three study cycles – Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral – in its three faculties, two of which are based in Vilnius, one in Klaipėda. The LMTA offers tuition by Lithuania’s leading practitioners in a performance-based and creative environment. LMTA, together with the Medical Faculty of Vilnius University, conducts a Joint Arts Therapy Masters Study Programme, which provides education in music therapy, dance movement therapy and dramatherapy.
Vilnius Academy of Arts is the largest and one of the oldest art universities in the Baltic States, established in 1793. Today it has over 1,500 students studying in four faculty locations – Vilnius, Kaunas, Telšiai and Klaipėda. The Academy offers comprehensive professional art undergraduate, graduate and doctoral study programmes. It has a commitment to promoting the role of art in a broader social context. It was instrumental in Lithuania winning the Golden Lion award at the Venice Art Biennale in 2019. VDA hosted the first programme in art therapy, whose graduates were conferred qualifications accepted by the Lithuanian health care system and has trained nearly 100 art therapists to date.
The Lithuanian University of Health Sciences is one of the largest institutions of higher education for biomedical sciences in Lithuania, successfully integrating studies, research, and clinical practice. LSMU consists of two main academies: Medical Academy and Veterinary Academy. The joint Masters Study programme "Art Therapy" conducted by LSMU Medical Academy and Vilnius Art Academy Kaunas Faculty is the first study programme in Lithuania providing art therapy academic training. LSMU is an active participant in the ERASMUS exchange programme. It works with over 170 partner universities in more than 40 countries.