Releasing the Power of the Arts – Exploring Arts Education in the Asia-Pacific

Releasing the Power of the Arts – Exploring Arts Education in the Asia-Pacific

Releasing the Power of the Arts – Exploring Arts Education in the Asia-Pacific aims to document arts education policies and initiatives in six Asia-Pacific countries: Australia, Hong Kong SAR (China), Kazakhstan, the Republic of Korea and Singapore, each host to a UNESCO Arts-in-Education Observatory. Beyond that, exploring arts education in these countries provides insight to how the power of the arts, when released through education, can enrich the lives of all.

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Releasing the Power of the Arts: Exploring Arts Education in the Asia-Pacific
Bangkok: UNESCO Bangkok, 2013, 114 p.


Background and Objectives

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Within the framework of "Education for All" and "Quality Education" goals, as well as in support of strategies for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression, UNESCO is endeavouring to mainstream the arts, creativity and culture in educational systems throughout the world.

In furtherance of UNESCO’s long-standing objective to mainstream Arts Education within formal educational systems, in 1999 the Director General issued the "International Appeal for the Promotion of Arts Education and Creativity".

"At a time when family and social structures are changing, with often adverse effects on children and adolescents, the school of the twenty first century must be able to anticipate the new needs by according a special place to the teaching of artistic values and subjects in order to encourage creativity, which is a distinctive attribute of the human species. Creativity is our hope."

The International Appeal called for changes in education systems which will give children of the 21st century the skills they need to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Specifically, the Appeal promoted compulsory teaching of the Arts in schools and encouragement of the Arts in non-formal education settings.

With this aim in mind UNESCO Bangkok is promoting research in the field of Arts Education and the exchange of information and case studies among teachers, artists, experts and other practitioners in the Asia-Pacific region. This office has convened a series of regional meetings on Arts Education, culminating in the First World Conference on Arts Education, held in 2006, and the Second World Conference in Seoul, Republic of Korea in 2010. In addition, this office is encouraging interested academic institutions to establish Asia-Pacific Arts Education Observatories, to systematically compile and disseminate information on Arts Education in the region.