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Who We Are

Cumulus is the leading global association of art and design education and research.
We are a dynamic ecosystem for global mobility, knowledge exchange, and collaboration in art and design pedagogy, research, and practice.

We open doors to a world stage for our 350 members in 63 countries

Members of our network gain access to a global association unparalleled in size, scope, and standing. Committed to enhancing the quality of art and design higher education, we offer one of a kind opportunities through conferences and events, working groups and partnerships, and the sharing of research, knowledge, and resources.

We champion the role of designers and artists in shaping sustainable futures by creating spaces for our member institutions to come together and share contemporary knowledge about art and design education and research.

The whole of our Cumulus community is greater than the sum of its parts. The global reach, diversity and strength of our association along with our strategic partnerships with sister organizations set the foundation for our robust initiatives and program of conferences and events.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity is a foundational value of Cumulus, an association started with the aspiration to build bridges for art and design education across borders.

Today, our impact as an association is dependent on a renewed commitment to diversity, as well as a commitment towards cultivating a global community that pursues equity and strives to promote inclusion in all of its programs and activities.

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