Impacts of Arts and Cultural Education: Arguments and Evidence


The virtual conference Impacts of Arts and Cultural Education: Arguments and Evidence is hosted by the Latvian Academy of Culture in Riga (Latvia) and its partners. It will take place on November 3rd 2020.

In the last two decades, considerable evidence has been accumulated on the multiple benefits of cultural and arts education for children, young people and adults – contributing to their innovation capacity, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking skills, improving mental health of individuals, cohesion of communities and more. Arts and cultural education is increasingly discussed not only in terms of intrinsically valuable personal development of individuals, but as a broader societal issue, e.g. of social justice: as a right to equal access to opportunities vital for life and work in the 21st century.

However, access to high quality cultural and arts education differs across countries. It is precisely that part of the educational system which tends to suffer cuts whenever political decisions have to be made on resource allocation. Therefore, it is critical that scholars, makers of cultural policy and practitioners constantly revisit the role of arts and cultural education, seeking the strongest arguments and evidence for the development of arts and cultural education. It is necessary to highlight tools that enable equal access to its opportunities, and content that furthers the attainment of goals that are vital to individuals and societies, as well as effective ways of communicating the outcomes of arts and cultural education to the relevant stakeholders.

On 3 November 2020 Latvian representatives of ENO (The European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education) – Latvian Academy of Culture, Latvia University Department of Education, Psychology and Art, and the Latvian National Centre for Culture in collaboration with the Latvian National Commission for UNESCO and the Embassy of Canada to Latvia host the international virtual conference “Impacts of arts and cultural education: arguments and evidence”.

The goal of the conference is to explore and highlight the multiple benefits and roles of arts and cultural education on individual, community and national level. Scholars from many countries, as well as Latvian cultural policy makers and practitioners of cultural and arts education will share ideas and conclusions on the theoretical, practical and communication aspects of arts and cultural education. The conference programme will include keynotes from internationally recognized scholars and practitioners, as well as panel discussions and workshops facilitating an exchange of ideas on many levels.

More information on the programme and how to registrate will follow soon.

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Luento aloittaa Taideyliopiston Taidekasvatuksen tutkimuskeskus CERADA:n avoimen tapahtumasarjan, joka on avoin kaikille taidekasvatuksen tutkimuksesta kiinnostuneille.

HUOM! // Luento on maksuton, mutta edellyttää ennakkoilmoittautumista viimeistään 5.11. kello 15:45.

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