09.05.2014 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

Art and education in movement: Chile celebrates Arts Education Week

Under the motto “Art moves education”, Chile is to celebrate its second Arts Education Week (SEA) from Monday 12 to Friday 16 May, 2014. The activities seeks to raise community awareness of the importance of arts education, and to highlight the fundamental role of the arts in building a comprehensive and high quality education model. Chile’s Arts Education Week is organised by the UNESCO Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean, together with the country’s National Council for Culture and the Arts and Ministry of Education.

The event is made possible through the collaboration of a number of key partners, including Chile’s Cultural Institutions Network (Colabora), National Union of Artists (UNA), National Association of Arts School Directors (ANDEA), Chilean National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO, and the Universidad de Chile.

The Second Arts Education Week offer a chance for all stakeholders to make their own contributions. With this in mind, a diverse and dynamic programme has been prepared, including the following activities: Monday 12: artists visit schools; Tuesday 13: multiple spaces for reflection on the topic (international and local seminars; school meetings); Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15: circuits of cultural spaces; Friday 16: school arts actions in public spaces.

Pablo Rojas Durán, head of the Department of Citizenship and Culture at Chile’s National Council for Culture and the Arts - a key partner in this activity - stressed the significance of this celebration, and the importance of the arts taking a leading role in students’ education: “What is interesting and unique about the arts in the curriculum is that as well as being an area of knowledge per se, they allow the development of a wide range of skills that are not offered in an integrated form through any other discipline”.

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova agrees: she has described arts education as a key to training generations capable of reinventing the world that they have inherited. Art in education supports the vitality of cultural identities by emphasizing their links with other cultures, thus contributing to the construction of a shared heritage. It helps to form tolerant and dynamic citizens for our globalizing world. Art in education is a vital component for building integrated education that creates spaces for children and young people to develop their potential. In other words, art in education is part of quality education.

About Arts Education Week

Following the success of the Second World Conference on Arts Education (Seoul, 2010), in 2011 the UNESCO General Conference proclaimed the 4th week of May as the International Arts Education Week. In 2012, UNESCO invited all member countries to participate in the initiative. The first celebration was held at the UNESCO headquarters on 23 May, 2012, with the participation of artists, educators, researchers, and representatives of NGOs and international associations.

In Chile, as the objectives set by UNESCO are in line with the arts education goals declared by the National Council for Culture and the Arts (CNCA), particularly in terms of building awareness and value for the arts in the country, starting in 2013 the CNCA Arts Education Section has been holding the annual event, working jointly with OREALC/UNESCO Santiago. The week is part of the official calendar of the country’s Education Ministry.

Chile’s first Arts Education Week was held from 13 to 17 May, with the slogan “More art in my school”.

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