The Seoul Agenda (UNESCO 2010) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has highlighted the importance of the arts in communities. It calls on member countries to ‘apply arts education principles and practices to contribute to resolving the social and cultural challenges facing today’s world’ that would ultimately benefit children, youth and life-long learners of all ages (Goal 3). The earlier Road Map for Arts Education (UNESCO 2007) made explicit the connection between artistic education and inter-cultural understanding, asserting that education in and through the arts stimulates cognitive and creative development and has the capability of making how and what learners learn more relevant to the needs of individuals and of the modern societies in which they live. These are necessary in this increasingly complex and troubled century ‘for creating good citizens, for promoting a culture of peace and for ensuring a sustainable future’ (ibid.: 4). The practice of expanding arts education opportunities through locally initiated community partnerships, including collaborating with local arts institutions and organizations, has been gaining support (Congdon, Blandy & Bolin 2001; Wilson 2000). Copyright © 2015 – Routledge.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge international handbook of the arts and education|
|Editors||Mike FLEMING, Liora BRESLER, John O'TOOLE|
|Place of Publication||Oxon|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|