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The UNESCO has proclaimed the 4th week of May as International Arts Education Week. This year’s International Arts Education Week will be celebrated during the week of 21-27 May 2012.

The main objective of the International Arts Education Week is to increase the international community’s awareness on the importance of arts education by showcasing concrete arts education projects and practices and reinforcing cooperation with main stakeholders of arts education.

Celebrations at UNESCO Headquarters – 23 May

Its first edition will be celebrated at UNESCO Headquarters on 23 May 2012 with various activities co-organised by UNESCO and the Government of the Republic of Korea. The event will especially gather arts education specialists, artists, educators, researchers and NGO actors and is composed of two parts: a symposium focusing on two major themes – the “Implementation of the Seoul Agenda”, outcome of the 2nd World Conference, and “Cultural Diversity in and through Arts Education” – followed by the celebratory ceremony.

The IMC is both pleased and honoured to be represented on the Seoul Agenda panel by EMC Secretary General Simone Dudt. As you may know, the EMC has accomplished a major work with the “Bonn Declaration”, which reflects the arguments of the Seoul Agenda and offers interpretations of the three goals placing its own emphasis on music education in Europe.

More detailed information on the events will be available next week on UNESCO’s Arts Education Website:http://www.unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/creativity/arts-education/
If you happen to be in Paris on May 23, please let us know so that we can arrange for a personal invitation to be sent to you by UNESCO.

Celebrations around the world –Join in!

In order to ensure the success and global scope of the celebration of the International Arts Education Week, UNESCO invites its partners and networks, as well as culture and education professionals, youth organizations, and intergovernmental organizations to take part in the promotion of the International Arts Education Week.

As NGO partner of UNESCO, the IMC with its global network should indeed not stand aside in this endeavour. I am sure that many of you can dedicate one or the other of your current activities to the International Arts Education Week. If you can’t organize dedicated regional or local activities during the week of May 21-27, you may still contribute by highlighting the work that is being carried out for the promotion of arts education and informing local communities of this celebration.

The IMC Secretariat would appreciate receiving information on planned activities and/or other communication materials that could be distributed during the event at UNESCO Headquarters. We look forward to hearing from you!

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