Interview with Thierry Mandon
The Public Institution of Cultural Co-operation (EPCC) Cité du design – Higher School of Art and Design, brought together, in January 2010, the Cité du design and the Saint-Etienne Higher School of Art and Design, on the same site, the former Arms Manufacture of Saint-Etienne.
Supported by the City of Saint-Etienne, the Saint-Etienne Metropole, the Rhone-Alps Region, and the State (Ministry of Culture), it is a platform of higher education, research, economic development and promotion of art and design.
The principal missions of the Cité du Design are:
-The raising of public awareness of design
-The development of innovation through design
-The organization of major events such as the International Biennial of Design of SaintEtienne, or annual exhibitions both in Saint-Etienne and abroad.
The Cité du design raises public awareness of design
One of the primary missions of the Cité du design is to raise awareness of design among all types of public: professional and public authority actors, universities, the general public, etc.
The Cité du design has created various communication tools to address these different publics: guided visits for professionals and individuals, general public and professional awareness campaigns, workshops for young people, publications, seminars and conferences. It provides specific facilities for school and university groups with numerous guided visits, and educational material created specifically for the teaching staff.
The Cité du design also works closely with the National Education system: training courses for teachers with the PREAC (resource centre for artistic and cultural education), and projects led by the CDPP (Departmental centre for pedagogical documentation).