UNESCO organizes Second World Conference on Arts Education 25 to 28 May in Seoul
Leading experts will assemble at the Second World Conference on Arts Education from 25 to 28 May in Seoul, to share ideas and highlight the importance of arts education in and out of school. The conference is hosted by the Republic of Korea and co- organized by UNESCO.
“A broad arts education teaches the importance and value of cultural diversity,” underlined the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova. “This cultural awareness is of immense benefit in our increasingly multi-cultural modern societies, where to understand another culture is to better understand one’s neighbour.”
The Director-General, with the President of the Republic of Korea, Lee Myung-Bak, and the Minister of Culture Sports and Tourism, Yu In-Chon, will participate in the conference’s opening ceremony (25 May, 9 a.m.).
The conference will build on the work of the First World Conference on Arts Education (Lisbon, 2006) and particularly on its main outcome, the Road Map for Arts Education, a policy-guiding document. The first session (25 May) will evaluate the Road Map and present a survey that measures its success.
The second session (26 May) will address the socio-cultural dimensions of art education, including digital media and popular culture; peace building in post-conflict situations; and the environment. Special attention will be paid to enhancing partnerships and networks. The third session (27 May) will look at building capacities for research on arts education. How to assess outcomes and the future of UNESCO chairs and observatories are on the agenda.
In celebration of the 2010 International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures, a special session (27 May, 7 to 9 p.m.) will be devoted to discussing how arts education can support this rapprochement.
The Conference will produce a final report including development goals for arts education.
Since the International Appeal for the Promotion of Arts Education and Creativity at School, approved by UNESCO's General Conference in 1999, the Organization has developed a structured programme in this area. In addition to the First and Second World Conferences, efforts include research studies, regional expert meetings, advocacy documents, observatories and chairs.
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