First International Arts Education Week (21-27 May)
Celebrations of International Arts Education Week (21 – 27 May) will be launched with the symposium “Arts Education, from diversity to sustainability,” which will be held on 23 May (UNESCO Headquarters, Room II, 2 to 6 p.m.).
The symposium will notably examine ways to support arts education and ensure its quality. Francesco Bandarin, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture, and Park Jae-Eun, President of the Republic of Korea’s Arts and Culture Education Service, will open the event. Other participants will include experts from civil society and representatives of professional organization and academe. Thematic debates will be matched by the presentation of best practices in arts education.
Speakers will include: Mohamed Al Amri, Assistant Professor of Art Education, Sultan Qaboos University, (Oman); Robert Malcolm McLaren, Director of CHIPAWO World (Zimbabwean arts education trust), (South Africa/Zimbabwe): Samuel Leong, Director of the UNESCO Observatory for Research in Local Cultures and Creativity in Education, (China) and Itziar Rubio, Expert consultant for the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (Argentina/Spain).
A cultural evening will follow the symposium with music and dance performances by children and grown-up artists from the Republic of Korea. The internationally renowned violinist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Ivry Gitlis will also perform, as will the Brazilian musician, Carlinhos Brown.
International Arts Education Week aims to raise the awareness of the international community about the importance of arts education while promoting cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and social cohesion.
The week was created in the wake of the Second World Conference on Arts Education organized by UNESCO in Seoul, Republic of Korea in 2010. In 2011, UNESCO’s General Conference proclaimed the fourth week of the month of May as International Arts Education Week.
Media contact: Agnès Bardon, UNESCO Press Service
+33 (0) 1 45 68 17 64, a.bardon(at)unesco.org