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UNESCO Chair gathers international leaders to consider the future of arts education

November 5, 2019

By: Communications Team

During a brisk week in October, the Winnipeg Symposium 2019: Towards a Sustainable Vision for the Future of Arts Education brought together participants from around the globe to discuss the future of arts education. Led by Dr Ben Bolden, UNESCO Chair in Arts and Learning and associate professor at Queen’s University, and former Chair emeritus professor Dr. Larry O’Farrell the participants considered:

 

What is a sustainable vision for the future of arts education?

What value can the arts add to the education of citizens of the 21st century?

What are the challenges and ways forward to realize the potential of arts education in diverse contexts?

 

Held in parallel to the Canadian Network of Arts and Learning conference, the 20 presenters at the symposium were all part of the Arts Education Research for Cultural Diversity and Sustainable Development UNITWIN - a network of universities sponsored by UNESCO that represents 14 countries. An important objective of the symposium was to build connections and partnerships amongst UNITWIN members and with the Canadian arts education community.

Mounting evidence indicates the value of the arts in education and suggests that traditionally underserved populations encounter the most severe barriers to accessing arts education. Despite the promise of learning in and through the arts, much of the potential remains unrealized. Arts education deserves a better future.

The symposium was a launch pad for a number of other projects and collaborations. An upcoming position paper, The Winnipeg Declaration, will make use of the questions, ideas and research from the symposium to suggest policy recommendations and propose questions for further research.  The Winnipeg Declaration hopes to ignite change and inform arts education institutions and organizations in Canada and around the world. Symposium participants also plan to distribute a digital collection of presentations in the upcoming months. These will be made available in diverse formats such as artworks, videos, podcasts, webinars, interactive websites, infographics, social media, theatre, poetry, dance, music, photography, and comics – bringing the recommendations and research questions raised to arts educators and researchers more widely. As these critical follow-up pieces are completed the Faculty of Education will share them with our community - stay tuned!

  • UNESCO Chair gathers international leaders to consider the future of arts education
  • UNESCO Chair gathers international leaders to consider the future of arts education
  • UNESCO Chair gathers international leaders to consider the future of arts education
  • UNESCO Chair gathers international leaders to consider the future of arts education
  • UNESCO Chair gathers international leaders to consider the future of arts education
  • UNESCO Chair gathers international leaders to consider the future of arts education
  • UNESCO Chair gathers international leaders to consider the future of arts education
  • UNESCO Chair gathers international leaders to consider the future of arts education
  • UNESCO Chair gathers international leaders to consider the future of arts education
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