Message from Robin Pascoe, Chair of the WAAE Presidential Council
Dear Arts Educators and Supporters
On 23 May 2012 Irina Bokova, Director General, United Nations Education, Science
and Culture Organisation (UNESCO), launched the inaugural International Arts
Education Week (IAEW) at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. Attended by leading
international arts education scholars and practitioners, this high profile celebration
was a recent international arts education advocacy event that drew attention to the
role arts education plays in a global agenda of peace and cultural understanding (see
The International Arts Education Week was unanimously endorsed by UNESCO’s 182
member states at its November 2011 General Conference (Item 5.13, recalling 35 C/
Resolution 40: On the promotion of arts education).
The World Alliance for Arts Education (WAAE) proudly supports International Arts
Education Week and is working with key agencies such as UNESCO, the Korean Arts
Cultures Education Services (KACES) and International Network for Research in Arts
Education (INRAE) in advocating for International Arts Education Week. We are
collectively working to draw attention to the multiple roles education in the arts play in
the global agenda of peace and cultural understanding.
Please find here the 2016 UNESCO International Arts Education message
provided by renown Chinese dancer and choreographer, Li Cunxin, currently Artistic
Director, Queensland Ballet, Australia.
Chair of the WAAE Presidential Council
Friday, 20 May 2016
The World Alliance for Arts Education (WAAE) is an Organization from the Civil Society attached to UNESCO, founded on March 4, 2006 in Viseu, Portugal, whose members are the International Drama/Theatre and Education Association (IDEA), the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA), the International Society for Music Education (ISME), and the World Dance Alliance (WDA).