What is International Arts Education Week?
Read full message from Message from Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Arts Education Week 25 – 31 May 2020
Following the success of the Second World Conference on Arts Education (Seoul, 2010), the UNESCO’s General Conference at its 36th session in 2011 proclaimed the fourth week of May as International Arts Education Week. The International Arts Education Week aims at increasing the international community’s awareness on the importance of arts education and at reinforcing its co-operation by promoting cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and social cohesion. Learn more about the history here
Message from Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Arts Education Week 25 – 31 May 2020
International Arts Education Week is an opportunity to promote learning with and through the arts to improve the quality and relevance of our education systems, nurture creative thinking and resilience.
UNESCO – as the only United Nations agency with a core mandate encompassing culture, heritage, arts, creativity and education – is committed to joining forces with its Member States to step up cooperation, mobilizing civil society, educators and arts professionals to fully harness the potential of both culture and education.On this day, I call upon everyone to join us in celebrating International Arts Education Week, so we can make this disaster into flowers, to offer to the world.
Arts Education Week 2020
This year, the World Alliance for Arts Education and its members joins UNESCO in celebrating the week alongside the global arts education community to acknowledge the important role arts education plays in the lives of children and youth, families, and communities during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
IDEA Webinar May 30
Individuals and organizations around the world are invited to participate in the global celebration of arts education in three simple ways:
Join the #ArtsEdWeek celebration on social media through Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook to share stories of how #ArtsUnitesUs during these challenging times.
Learn how to participate in the Social Media Campaign
2. Learn Together.
Participate in the series of online learning opportunities hosted by the World Alliance for Arts Education and its members being offered for free from 23-30 May. Each webinar will showcase promising practices for arts education during and after the pandemic.
3. Share Your Work.
Share with your colleagues what you are learning about how arts education can play an important role in the lives of children and youth, families, and communities during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. WAAE will showcase submitted programs through a virtual space and UNESCO will collect promising practices related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Submit your work to the Virtual Space