CReArC: Copenhagen Centre for Research in Artistic Citizenship


Launch of CReArC


The ideas behind the concept of Artistic Citizenship have the potential to unfold the art institutions’ capacity for contributing in diverse ways to the cultural and artistic engagement of all citizens in society. From a contemporary, creative music perspective, Artistic Citizenship holds strong notions of inclusion and co-productive creativity, where the citizen becomes tangibly involved in the creative art processes. Such processes are claimed to enhance and enforce citizens’ creative agency and general quality of life from a life-long perspective. CReArC aims at being the pivot of such research and research-based activities.


  • CReArC aims to become an internationally recognized hub for research in the field of music and arts education, with a particular emphasis on Artistic Citizenship.
  • CReArC aims to become the go-to place for practitioners, leaders and politicians in the cultural sector regarding various artistic and cultural relationships in society, both local and global.

Main objectives - Mission

  • CReArC contributes new research-based knowledge to the international field of Artistic Citizenship, including music and arts education.
  • CReArC initiates, develops and carries out research activities through a range of collaborative formats across conventional lineages and borders of interest and perspectives.
  • CReArC shares and disseminates research results and discussions relevant to the field of Artistic Citizenship.


  • At CReArC, international research activities such as workshops, talks, conferences and network meetings, ensure critical dialogues on the subject of Artistic Citizenship.
  • At CReArC, we initiate and head research project development and design aimed at securing funding from national and international funding agencies.
  • At CReArC, we welcome invitations and initiatives to participate in research projects within adjacent fields of music education. 
  • At CReArC, students, teachers and researchers engage in a wide range of collaborative educational research activities in-house and in collaboration with partners.

CreArC Network of International Scholars

The intention of the network is to form an international community of researchers who share a common interest in issues connected to Artistic Citizenship. The network members represent different, yet interrelated, disciplines as well as a variety of cultural and educational contexts. Research in Artistic Citizenship includes approaches to music that relate to social inclusion, artistic development, music education, and the development and empowerment of individuals and communities, to mention some aspects. All researchers in the network are involved in different studies and projects that relate to the topics mentioned above. CReArC Network of International Scholars is a forum in which we develop new ideas, studies, publications and collaborations.

The Network

Dr. Emily Achieng Akuno, Professor of Music at The Technical University of Kenya.

Dr. Kim Boeskov, Postdoctoral researcher at RMC, Denmark.

Dr. Lars Brinck, Associate professor of Music Education. Head of Research and Development at RMC, Denmark.

Dr. Charles Carson, Associate professor of Musicology/Ethnomusicology at University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Dr. Flávia Narita, Senior lecturer of Music Education at Universidade de Brasília, Brazil.

Dr. Oscar Pripp, Associate professor of Ethnology at Uppsala Universitet, Sweden.

Dr. Nan Qi, Associate professor of Music Education at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

Dr. Maria Westvall, Professor of Education at RMC Denmark. Director of CReArC.

For a further introduction of the network: CReArC Network of International Scholars 2021 (pdf)

Artistic Citizenship -  Research landscape