Video messages to mark International Arts Education Week - 25 - 31 May 2020
Dear National Coordinators,
Dear Teachers and Students,
Heartfelt greetings on the celebration of International Arts Education Week, which will take place from 25 to 31 May 2020!
Since ASPnet´s origins in 1953, learning in and through the arts has always been an important approach in addressing UNESCO´s values of global citizenship, sustainable development, intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity. During the successful ASPnet webinar, held two weeks ago, we heard touching and inspiring stories of resilience and creativity in continuing learning under COVID-19 lockdown.
The crisis has highlighted the importance arts education plays in learning in general and especially during this particularly challenging time. One of the speakers at the webinar, Nevenka, a 14-year-old student from Argentina said:
"Art is fundamental for me, it helps our mental health and allows us to reenergise ourselves". Nevenka sums up for everyone, me included, the need to raise awareness of the importance of Arts Education.
We are delighted that so many of you have responded to our call to share your activities and good practices to celebrate International Arts Education Week. So far, we have received over 80 contributions from almost 30 countries. We encourage you to continue to send us your contributions, to form part of a platform for sharing and learning with and from each other on Arts Education.
Each and every contribution demonstrates that Arts Education is not only limited to subjects such as drama, art, music and dance. Art, and learning in and through art, also play a vital role in interdisciplinary projects, and in extracurricular activities such as band, orchestra, choir, exhibitions, and events.
Therefore, we dedicate this issue to highlighting a small selection of inspiring practices from the ASPnet community. These practices show that learning in and through the arts contributes to GCED, ESD, cultural diversity and heritage education and thus to SDG 4.7.
In this regard, we are very honoured to receive special messages on this occasion from two Assistant Director-Generals of UNESCO, Ms Stefania Giannini (Education) for the ASPnet community in particular, and from Mr Ernesto Ottone Ramirez (Culture) for schools around the world.
With this, I send you my best wishes, and I will be keenly following your contributions and activities during International Arts Education Week!
Stay safe. Stay CONNECTed!
Julie Saito ASPnet International Coordinator
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