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2019 UNESCO International Arts Week

At the beginning of the 21st century, UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) began to acknowledge the crucial role of arts education as the very foundation to promote creative educational environments and as an essential element of education itself. To this end, as the first step to form a consensus with the international community, UNESCO proclaimed the “International Appeal for the Promotion of Arts Education and Creativity at School” at its 30th General Conference session in 1999. 
 
In 2010, a decade following this appeal for increased awareness on the importance of arts education, the Second World Conference on Arts Education was held in Seoul, the Republic of Korea.
Following the success of the 2nd World Conference on Arts Education (25-28 May 2010, Seoul,), the 4th week of May of every year has been proclaimed as International Arts Education Week by UNESCO’s General Conference at its 36th session.
The most notable outcome of this conference was the “Seoul Agenda: Goals for the Development of Arts Education,” which was agreed upon through in-depth discussions of international experts, regarding the significance of arts education in and out of schools. The Seoul Agenda serves to enlarge the roles and scope of arts education and to encourage its social contribution efforts, while enhancing the overall quality of arts education and acting as a guiding direction for the education system.
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.
During this week, art educators across the globe share the story of the impact of the transformative power of the arts in education. 
The 2019 UNESCO International Arts Week will be celebrated this year from 20th to 26th of May, 2019.
Get involved!
Celebrate. Host a celebration in your community, whether big or small, an existing event, or a new one.
Advocate. Share the value of the arts in education.
Participate. Share your story in the social media campaign using the hashtag #intArtEduWeek_InSEA to be part of the global Celebration.
Also send pictures to teachingvisualart@gmail.com.

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