Art Education Professor Earns Prominent Invitation

Deborah Smith-Shank, Professor of Art Education, was selected as a representative to the World Alliance for Arts Education (WAAE) Summit to take place in Newcastle, England, October 31-November 2, 2009.

The aims of the 2009 Summit are to prepare the WAAE’s contribution to the 2010 UNESCO World Conference in Arts Education, and to develop the relationship between creative pedagogies and the cultivation of knowledge-based societies that nurture sustainable development, global solidarity, cooperation and human rights through strategic partnerships between the WAAE, industry, civil society and government representatives.At the 2009 summit WAAE hopes to make significant progress toward their aims which are focused through five specific objectives:

1. To produce a Joint Declaration which responds to the diversity of challenges in implementing creative pedagogies of transformation and to the recommendations of the 2006 UNESCO Road Map for Arts Education;

2. To advance the integration of New Media, Literature and Craft in Education into the WAAE’s Research, Networking and Advocacy strategic projects and preparation for the 2010 UNESCO World Conference;

3. To develop an integrated five year plan of action for the WAAE’s Research, Networking and Advocacy strategic projects in partnership with innovators from the arts, sciences, education, industry and policy-making;

4. To develop a resourced WAAE Secretariat through appropriate partnerships;

5. To continue to develop the WAAE's Summit methodology to ensure the celebration and productive exchange of its participants' knowledge and creative intelligences.

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