Wednesday, October 29, 2008

UNESCO hosts Canadian Arts and Learning Symposium

In furthering its commitment to arts education, the UNESCO Chair in Arts and Learning will sponsor the Canadian Arts and Learning Symposium October 29th through the 31st. The goal of this initiative is to build and strengthen connections between those involved in Canadian educational arts, although the symposium includes international participation as well. This symposium will prepare for the next international arts conference in Seoul in 2010.

The overarching theme for the conference is advocacy for arts education and promoting ties between arts educators, practitioners, students, performers, and administrators. Keynote speaker Measha Brueggergosman will address this topic. Other themes that will be highlighted include discussing the impact of arts education; arts education policies, programs, and practices; and organizational frameworks for the arts community.

To further organize the community, the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning will begin activities at the symposium.

The symposium will be held at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, in Duncan McArthur Hall. Portions of the presentations will be available via webcasts for those unable to attend.

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