The celebration consists of activities organised by the Chilean National Council of Culture and the Arts (CNCA), the National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO of the Chilean Ministry of Education (Mineduc), the Colabora Network (educational areas of museums and theatres), the Association of Arts Schools of Chile and the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean.
“We invite all teachers, students and parents to join this celebration of art and education. A number of activities have been planned, but there is also the possibility that each school propose new ideas or coordinate their normal arts activities to converge with this week, in order to enhance the experience,” states Pablo Rojas, Head of the Arts Education and Culture section of the National Council of Culture and the Arts.
After the 2nd World Conference on Arts Education (Seoul 2010), in 2011 the UNESCO General Conference proclaimed the need to designate one week in May as the International Arts Education Week. In 2012, UNESCO celebrated this week for the first time, inviting all member countries to participate in the initiative. The main celebration took place at the UNESCO headquarters on 23 May 2012 with the participation of artists, educators and NGO and international association leaders. This year is the first time Chile will actively participate in the global celebration.
“We want this week to be an opportunity to share on the importance of arts education. We believe it will be a privileged opportunity to strengthen cooperation among arts and education actors in order to promote diversity, cultural and intercultural dialogue and social cohesion”, states Victoria Uranga of OREALC/UNESCO Santiago.
Five days of art and education
The International Arts Education Week is structured around three concepts. Firstly, schools will open up to art with the activity “An artist in my school”. On Monday 13 May, acclaimed artists will visit educational establishments, giving talks, workshops or other similar actions.
The second concept of the week is focused on debate and the exchange of experiences. For this reason, on Tuesday 14 May the Santiago Library will host the “International Arts Education Seminar”, which will convoke international and national experts in order to reflect on the development of arts education, particularly in collaboration and cooperation between schools and the arts sector. The seminar will include the presentation of the book, “Significant Arts Education Practices”, prepared by the CNCA.
The celebration’s third concept encourages schools to take their students to educational activities held at museums, theatres and cultural centres, with a series of visits to museums and cultural spaced planned for Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 May. The week will come to a close with art events held in public spaces.
The participating cultural institutions are: Balmaceda Arte Joven (Santiago), Biblioteca de Santiago, Casa Museo Eduardo Frei Montalva, Centro Cultural Palacio la Moneda, Centro Cultural de España, Consejo de Monumentos Nacionales, Fundación Telefónica, Museo Interactivo Mirador (MIM), Centro Cultural Matucana 100, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo sede Parque Forestal, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Valdivia, Museo de artes visuales (MAVI), Museo Artequín (Santiago), Museo Artequín del Parque Educativo Jorge Alessandri (Concepción), Museo Artequín de Viña del Mar, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Sala del Cobre (Biblioteca de Santiago), Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Museo de Artes Decorativas, Museo de la Educación Gabriela Mistral, Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Museo Nacional Benjamín Vicuña Mackenna, Planetario de la Universidad de Santiago, Teatro Universidad Católica, MAC Valdivia, Parque Cultural de Valparaíso and Artequín Viña del Mar.
• For more information (PDF)
• Seminar agenda (in Spanish)
• Arts Station website
• Activities in Chile (in Spanish)
• Register your school’s activity
• Poster, Arts Education Week in Chile