23.05.2012 - Culture Sector - Arts Education

Celebration of the International Arts Education Week 2012

©UNESCO/ASPnet/A. Galentro. Dialogue for living together, Kazakhstan

Following the success of the Second World Conference on Arts Education (Seoul, 2010), UNESCO’s General Conference at its 36th session in 2011 proclaimed the 4th week of May as the International Arts Education Week.

The week of 21-27 May 2012 marks this year’s International Arts Education Week. Its first edition will be celebrated at UNESCO Headquarters on 23 May with various activities co-organized by UNESCO and the Government of the Republic of Korea. On that day, arts education specialists, artists, educators, researchers and NGO actors will take part in a symposium “Arts Education, from Diversity to Sustainability” focusing on two major themes – the “Implementation of the Seoul Agenda: Goals for the Development of Arts Education” and “Cultural Diversity in and through Arts Education” – followed by a special ceremony with prestigious figures in arts education and representatives from governments. 

The main objective of this International Week is to increase the international community’s awareness on the importance of arts education by showcasing concrete arts education projects and practices; and to reinforce cooperation with principal stakeholders in the area of arts education by promoting cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and social cohesion.

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