Phenomenal Teacher Education From Finland


Worlddidac Association organizes a free webinar titled Phenomenal Teacher Education from Finland on September 24th, 2020. During the webinar professor Kirsti Lonka will give a general introduction to the new national K12 curriculum, including 21st century competencies and interdisciplinary learning (also known as phenomenon-based learning). Professor Jari Lavonen will then explain how the learning of these 21st century competencies is emphasized in science education. Finally, Adjunct Professor, Dr. Markus Talvio will demonstrate the importance of social and emotional learning in teacher education as well as in schools.

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Art Education in the Time of Coronavirus: Reflecting on Today, Anticipating Tomorrow


Together with its collaborators the Czech Section of InSEA (The International Society for Education Through Art) organizes an international virtual conference on art education in the time of corona virus. The conference takes place on October 12th - 15th in 2020. Participating in the event is free of charge, but both active and passive participants must register.

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World Alliance for Arts Education: Virtual Seminar


WAAE (World Alliance for Arts Education) organizes an international virtual seminar on October 16th 2020.

This virtual seminar will provide an opportunity for the global arts education community to share research and begin to examine the structures, processes, and practices, which may lead our field towards a new reality of arts assessment and program evaluation. This seminar will bring together several invited international experts and host a discussion of evidence-based practices aimed at measuring impact of arts learning and arts programming. Participating in the event is free of charge but requires registration.

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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.

The 1st SSASEA-UNESCO Arts Education Virtual Conference


SSASEA (Sub-Saharan Africa Society for Education through Arts) organizes a virtual conference on December 1st - 4th in 2020. The theme of the conference is:

Embracing indigenous knowledge through the Arts for sustainable development goals in general and in times of (pandemic) disruption and uncertainty.

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The FERA Conference on Education


The theme of this year’s FERA Conference on Education “Sustainable education – sustainable future” focuses on asking how we should educate children, young people and adults towards an ecologically, socially and economically sustainable future. The event is a virtual conference and is organized on December 15–16, 2020.

The thematic groups of the conference are looking for abstracts in September. One of the groups focuses on arts and media education. The call for papers ends on September 27th.

Keynote speakers at the event are Professor Cecilia Lundholm from Stockholm University and Professor Annalisa Sannino from Tampere University.

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ESA ​Arts 11th midterm conference - The Social Effects of Art


The Research Network Sociology of the Arts within The European Sociological Association organizes a conference on the social effects of art in March 2021. The conference is organized in collaboration with the University of the Arts Helsinki and takes place in Helsinki, Finland. The Observatory for Arts and Cultural Education, Finland takes part in the conference and holds a presentation on the theme.

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