Community-based arts and education in partnership: Possibilities and challenges

Samuel LEONG

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge international handbook of the arts and education
EditorsMike FLEMING, Liora BRESLER, John O'TOOLE
Place of PublicationOxon
PublisherRoutledge
Pages283-294
ISBN (Electronic)9781317586951
ISBN (Print)9780415839211
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Citation

Leong, S. (2015). Community-based arts and education in partnership: Possibilities and challenges. In M. Fleming, L. Bresler, J. O'Toole (Eds.), The Routledge international handbook of the arts and education (pp. 283-294). UK: Taylor and Francis Inc.