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Eksperimenta! coordinator participates in the UNESCO 2. World Conference on Arts Education

Eksperimenta! coordinator Jane Remm will represent Estonia in the UNESCO 2nd World Conference on Arts Education, which will take place in Seoul, Korea, 25th – 28th May 2010.

The aim of the participation of Eksperimenta! coordinator is to promote The Contemporary Art Triennial for School Students Eksperimenta! as an output for implementing the guidelines of the “Road Map for Arts Education”; to extend the Eksperimenta! international network and to invite the international art education community to participate in Eksperimenta! and in the events of the European Capital of Culture, in Tallinn, 2011.

UNESCO 2nd World Conference on Arts Education in Seoul aims to promote and to reinforce the value of quality arts education for all, in developing a capacity for creativity in the 21st century for youth and all generation. Already dozen years ago, the UNESCO Director-General Federico Mayor
called upon to support arts education and creativity in schools (Paris Conference, 1999): “At a time when family and social structures are changing, often with adverse effects on children and adolescents, schools of the twenty first century must be able to anticipate these new needs by according a special place to the teaching of artistic values and subjects in order to encourage creativity, a distinctive attribute of the human species. Creativity is our hope.”

UNESCO endeavors to mobilize the international community to reflect on the importance of arts education within and outside of school environments as well as to further advocate the impact of arts education on the development of balanced individuals and societies. The 1st World Conference on Arts Education took place in Portugal, in 2006, as the first world-wide gathering solely devoted to arts education. The output of the conference was the formulation of the “Road Map for Arts Education”, which provides a solid framework of reference for Member States in making future decisions related to arts education. UNESCO 2nd World Conference on Arts Education focuses on encouraging the implementation of the “Road Map”, highlights the socio-cultural dimensions of arts education and reinforces research and knowledge of practices. The conference aims to contribute to the elaboration of new strategies and strengthen collaboration between the main actors: national authorities, local governments, teachers, artists, researchers, associations and NGOs, to work together towards developing practicies and reinforcing the position of arts education in schools as well as within societies.

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