The sphere of Arts Education can contribute to securing cultural participation as a human right. It is a sphere of cultural competency, which is developing a sensitive approach to researching the matrixes of social life so as to make possible new registers of culture, new audiences and publics, new concepts of art, culture and society.
Arts Education is a public undertaking and major political task for local authority institutions. It is the basis of cultural diversity (as articulated in the 2005 UNESCO Convention). Therefore Arts Education requires Cultural Policy!
Arts Education is the right of public access to culture for all audiences; the aim is to involve artists from varied cultural backgrounds; and the aim is respect for indigenous culture and tolerance toward the cultures of minorities. What is the role of Arts Education in Africa and in Europe? Is it part of the arts system or the educational program or something in between? Who are the actors, where are the stages, what are the projects about?
It is the task of Cultural Policy to develop an advocacy position that informs a framework for the formulation, strengthening and harmonizing of Arts Education. This process is understood as a strategic intervention and contribution to regional integration, social cohesion and sustainable development. The observation of the different landscapes in Arts and Education in African and European Countries founded with great experiences for development goals, used by Cultural Policies as best practice models to be established in processes for Capacity Building and realized in sustainable structures.
The Research Atelier is hosted by the UNESCO-Chair in Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development at the Department of Cultural Policy of the University of Hildesheim in cooperation with the Bundesakademie für Kulturelle Bildung Wolfenbüttel and EDUCULT (Vienna, Austria).
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