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State universities of Chile launch publication to enhance art education in the country

27.06.2019 - “The Expression of Difference” is the name of the book that brought together the work carried out by 18 state universities during the celebration of the 2018 Arts Education Week (SEA for its acronym in Spanish) throughout the country. “This publication is the culmination of a process in which various public institutions worked to incorporate an area that has not been taken into account in national strategic development, " emphasized Mónica Quiroz, the director of the Consortium of State Universities (CUECH for its acronym in Spanish).

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Chile is one of the countries with the most teaching hours devoted to the arts, concentrating on the first years of basic education and with a significant presence in kindergarten education. However, recent studies on the training of teachers who teach art education in the country show that the vast majority of them are not adequately trained to develop the compulsory curriculum in this subject area.

With the aim of making visible the advances and challenges of national art education, on June 27, 2019 the book “The Expression of Difference” was launched, promoted by the Art, Culture, and Heritage Network of the Consortium of State Universities of Chile (CUECH), together with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage. This work reflects on the many activities carried out throughout the country during the 2018 Art Education Week (SEA), an international celebration convened for the first time in 2012 by UNESCO.

According to Mónica Quiroz, the director of the Project Framework Convention of the CUECH Network, she stated that, “this publication is the culmination of a process in which various public institutions worked to incorporate an area that has not been taken into account in the strategic development of the country. For three years, 18 universities have discussed, planned and executed various actions to build pillars that were fundamental to their public role. Among these actions, the democratization of access to cultural spaces was highlighted, as well as instilling of responsibility in relation to the environment, and connecting with regional communities in their artistic and patrimonial demands.”

Through three sections, the publication is set up as a collaborative initiative to strengthen the proposed discussion, transform the way in which pedagogical methodologies are understood in this topic, and make visible the role of cultural practices in contemporary society. Each chapter is presided over by reflections by the scholars Raquel Painean, from the University of La Serena; Rosario García-Huidobro, from the University of Los Lagos; and Carlos Ossa, from the University of Chile.

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