12 May ‘14

UNESCO International Arts Education Week 19-25 May

published on 12 May 2014

“Creativity is at the heart of being human. Culture and Education sectors are being made to acknowledge the value of arts education in promoting creativity, innovation and cultural diversity world wide.”

The International Arts Education Week aims at increasing the international community’s awareness on the importance of arts education and at reinforcing its cooperation by promoting cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and social cohesion.

To explain why arts education is important, Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova wrote:

As a vector of dialogue in the loftiest sense, art speeds up social inclusion and tolerance in our multicultural, connected societies. A painting, an artifact, a piece of ancestral music – each of these speaks volumes about the history of civilizations and the ties that bind them. Young people must be taught to love art: this will help them understand each other better.

The awareness of art can be acquired from an early age and maintained throughout life. Guided by the conviction that creativity and the arts, and learning about them, contribute to building prosperous and peaceful societies UNESCO encourages its Member States to support arts education, at school and beyond.

Arts education is important for fostering generations that are capable of reinventing the world they have inherited. It supports the vitality of cultural identities by emphasising their links with other cultures, thus contributing to the construction of a shared heritage. It helps to form tolerant and dynamic citizens for a globalising world.

Source: Message by Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Arts Education Week

World Alliance for Arts Education

The World Alliance for Arts Education (WAAE) is pleased to launch an advocacy kit that celebrates the contributions of the Arts to the lives and learning experiences of individuals and groups across the globe. The advocacy kit has been developed  by WAAE members A/Prof Ralph Buck (World Dance Alliance) and Dr Robin Pascoe (International Association for Drama/Theatre Education) in collaboration with representatives from InSEA and ISME. The kit is intended to provide those involved in arts education in schools and communities with ideas and practical strategies to promote the arts disciplines as a fundamental human right. The kit also provides an historical overview of the WAAE and its organisation, and the contributions and partnerships that exist between the arts education sector, UNESCO and other key organisations.

We are pleased that this launch coincides with preparations for UNESCO’s International Arts Education Week  (May 19 – 24, 2014) and encourage all to draw on this resource to ensure that the 2014 event is recognised and celebrated across the globe. Please pass this kit on to your respective networks and colleagues. With all good wishes for your endeavours in the Arts!

Margaret Barrett, Chair WAAE (ISME)

Ralph Buck, WAAE (WDA)

Robin Pascoe, WAAE (IDEA)

Rita Irwin, WAAE (InSEA)



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