Rap for diversity! The Academy's contribution to the International Week of Arts Education

As a member of the European Network in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education (ENO), the Academy of Arts Education has contributed to the International Week of Arts Education from 21st to 27th May 2018.

The Academy supported the multicultural festival “VIELFALT – Wir machen mit!” (DIVERSITY – We’re in!) with the song “I have a dream” by SoG Next Level, a rap and hip-hop project. After an intense discussion surrounding the Echo awards, the song makes clear that hip-hop isn’t all about a rhetoric of racism and violence. Instead, the young musicians and rap artists La Voice, G-Kay Yakup, J.A.M., Christina and Bahar promote a positive approach towards diversity and a free career choice, without prejudices.

The musicians performed on 27th May for the Academy of Arts Education at the Caritas multicultural festival in Remscheid-Lennep as the opening act of the headline concert.

Watch the video for "I have a dream":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rdQOZ-ugbE 

Photo: Jan Christoph Heinsch

European expert discourse: The Academy of Arts Education in Kraków

On 23 March, the European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education (ENO) held its fifth meeting in Kraków striving to promote the exchange of knowledge on arts education at a European level. As one of ENO’s founding members, the Academy attended the conference “Cultural Education Policies in Europe”, which had been organised by Małopolski Instytut Kultury, the previous day.

The conference primarily focused on the challenges arising from a process of internationalisation in arts and cultural education: Is there a common idea on objectives and content of arts education or does this already encounter mutual resistance due to terminological issues? The roles of cultural heritage, national funding structures and recent or past political transformations were also discussed.

The lectures and talks given by speakers from the host country Poland as well as other ENO member countries such as Austria, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia and the Netherlands allowed for diverse insight into historical backgrounds and current trends in arts and cultural education. Prof. Dr. Susanne Keuchel, as a representative of ENO Germany, presented the Academy’s projects “Diversity-conscious arts education” and “post-digital cultural youth worlds” as examples of current challenges posed by cultural diversity and digitalisation.

 

International debate on education for sustainable development

From 14 to 15 September 2017, the Academy of Arts Education represented the German branch of the European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education (ENO) at the international conference entitled “Perspectives of Arts Education and Sustainable Development” in Porto. Here, for the first time, education for sustainable development (ESD) was included as a key topic on the research networks’ agenda, alongside cultural diversity.

The conference, which was held at the University of Porto, saw ENO experts from eight European countries share their findings and give talks on the current state of research. In her speech for ENO Germany, Academy director Prof. Susanne Keuchel emphasised the potential of arts and cultural education in the context of ESD, and discussed possible applications.

“Having focused our attention on diversity at conferences and in study reports over the past year, entering the international debate around arts education in education for sustainable development is the next logical step for ENO”, said Susanne Keuchel. In her role as deputy spokesperson for the ESD Partner Network “Cultural Education and Cultural Policy” she works with Dr Ernst Wagner, ENO chair and spokesperson for the ESD Partner Network, to actively promote the role of arts and cultural education in ESD processes, at a national level as well.

Like cultural diversity, sustainability is one of the key elements on the 2010 Seoul Agenda. The guideline, which was unanimously adopted by the UNESCO General Assembly, strives for a deeper integration of arts and cultural education into areas of political activity. Following the conference, the fourth meeting of the ENO was held, with one of its topics being an upcoming research publication planned for 2018.

Cultural Diversity Barometer for the UNESCO International Arts Education Week

Cultural diversity is one of the main topics in international cultural policy-making. The Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity was adopted by UNESCO in 2001, and the UN General Assembly declared 21 May to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. In 2005, the UNESCO adopted the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions as a binding international legal instrument. So far, 141 UN nations and the European Union have ratified the convention.
On the occasion of the World Day for Cultural Diversity and the UNESCO International Arts Education Week taking place from 22-28 May 2017, we asked arts education experts from different European countries to give statements on issues of cultural diversity. The interviews have been edited and are available as a video. 

Watch the video here: vimeo.com/222155321

ENO meeting in Remscheid

The second meeting of the European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education (ENO) this year took place at the Academy of Arts Education of the German Government and State of North Rhine-Westphalia on 3rd and 4th November 2016. Twentytwo members from eleven countries attended the event in Remscheid. They aim at promoting the exchange of information on research, practice and policies in the field of arts education throughout Europe.

A collection of country-specific studies on diversity and interculturality in arts education is currently in production and can be viewed on the ENO website. The next steps on the international network's agenda include the publication of an European yearbook on arts education and the development of a study on the international progress and significance of arts education.

European Network of Observatories' web and research platform goes online

In September 2016, the official ENO website went online. Alongside European Network members and partners, the website introduces academic publications and articles on arts education research – focusing initially on topics relating to interculture and migration.

Founded in 2015, one of the principal aims of the European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education (ENO) is to create a joint platform through which knowledge and data resources on arts education in Europe can be accessed. The Academy of Arts Education is a member of the Network in its capacity as a national observatory for arts and cultural education under the auspices of Germany's UNESCO Commission.

To access the Network platform, click here.

 

 

ENO members meeting at conference in Barcelona

From June 1th to 3rd, 2016, the partners of the European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education (ENO) came together in Barcelona and Girona in Spain. At the conference ”Arts Education in Europe and Worldwide”, the first outcomes from the ENO working groups were presented. Progress was also made in the development of a common monitoring system for national arts education systems. The Academy of Arts Education as a national observatory is also involved in the Network, under the auspices of the German UNESCO commission. The activities of the international network will be available to view on a new website soon.

Founding of the European Network of Observatories for arts and cultural education in Berlin

At a founding ceremony on 16 November 2015, institutions from ten European countries officially joined the newly established network of observatories for arts and cultural education. The Academy of Arts Education as a national observatory is also involved in the network, under the auspices of the German UNESCO commission (DUK). Representatives from Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom signed the founding paper of the newly created “European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education” (ENO). On behalf of the German UNESCO commission, Karin von Welck, the chair of the DUK cultural committee, applauded the founding of the network which has committed itself to enhancing communication and joint research activities in the field of arts and cultural education in Europe.

The network partner organisations include universities, government institutions and other educational organisations or academies. All of these organisations are united by their work in education, training or research, as well as in the development and evaluation of model projects.

The Academy of Arts Education of the German Government and State of North Rhine-Westphalia is involved in the network as a national Observatory, in close collaboration with the Genshagen Foundation. The UNESCO Chair in Arts and Culture in Education at the Friedrich-Alexander-University in Erlangen-Nuremberg is also involved as a partner with an international focus. Academy director Prof. Susanne Keuchel sees the establishment of ENO as a great opportunity: “In everyday life, with all the activities and responsibilities we have on the home front, it can be very difficult to maintain an overview of European discussions. In the future, the newly created observatory network will facilitate communication and joint research in Europe”.

As a first step, the network will develop a monitoring system to look at arts education systems in Europe. Regular meetings will be held to evaluate and advance joint activities. The network members will also host events around the annual UNESCO International Arts Education Week to enhance arts education. The events will help implement the goals and concepts resolved at the Second World Conference on Arts Education, which was held in Seoul in 2010 and co-organised by the UNESCO.