Welcome to the first briefing on the upcoming World Conference on Arts
Education 2006, "Building Creative Capacities for the 21st Century", Lisbon,
for all contributors, partners and interested parties.
UNESCO would like to draw your attention to the following preliminary
documents that have already been prepared to give you to some updated
information on the Conference.
As you know there will be three different fora for discussion namely Plenary
Panels, Roundtables and Workshops.
1. The Plenary sessions will be organised in 4 Main Panels and will feature
presentations from prominent international experts in their respective
fields related to Arts Education. They are:
Panel 1: The importance of arts education (advocacy)
Panel 2: Measuring the social, cultural and economic impact of arts
Panel 3: Teaching methods/ Teachers' training
Panel 4: Human resources and partnerships
2. There will further be two Roundtables:
Roundtable 1: "The role of the commercial and charitable sectors in
encouraging education for creative futures"
This roundtable will aim to group together high level experts from
Foundations as well as independent Industry leaders to deal with the
commercial questions regarding creative education and the demands in today's
job market and the role industry and foundations are playing.
Roundtable 2: "Roadmap for Arts Education"
This roundtable will bring together decision making level experts from the
Ministries of Education and/or Culture from various UNESCO Member States. It
will further be divided in various discussion groups dealing with the
a. Reports from Regional Preparatory Meetings:
- Group Discussion 1: Policies (National strategies/ Inter-Ministerial
- Group Discussion 2: Teaching the Arts (Relationship between Education and
Culture/ Compulsory Disciplines in the Curriculum and Creativity / Teachers
and independent Artists)
- Group Discussion 3: Teaching the Arts for Target Audiences (children with
special needs, disadvantaged children)
- Group Discussion 4: Partnerships (Education community, cultural
institutions, NGOs and Local Authorities)
- Group Discussion 5: Measurement of implementation of Arts Education
b. Presentation of a draft paper on defining the general scope of a "Road
map for Arts Education" by a Working Committee.
c. International overview of best practices of Member States in the
implementation of their policies.
3. Thirdly there will also be Workshop Sessions organised according to the
Sub themes of the Conference. Workshops will be devoted to a debate on
practical examples and research on the implementation of Arts Education
policies, focussing on outcomes and results, from various international
experts and practitioners who have been selected to participate through a
"call for papers" and a selection process lead by an international selection
Workshop Sessions 1: Advocacy and New Literacy (Chaired by Douglas Boughton,
Workshop Sessions 2: The Social, Cultural and Economic Impact of Arts
Education (Chaired by Dan Baron Cohen, IDEA)
Workshop Sessions 3: Teachers' Training and Teaching Methods (Chaired by
Liane Hentschke, ISME)
Workshop Sessions 4: Partnerships between art educational institutions
(Chaired by MUS-E and UNESCO)
Workshop Sessions 5: UNESCO regional and international projects to be
implemented (Co-ordinated by UNESCO field Offices)