2016 Observatory Members Meeting
May 23-25 Seoul, South Korea
2015 Observatory Members Meeting
Oct. 26-28 Almaty, Kazakhstan
2013 Asia-Pacific regional Arts & Culture Education Symposium
Oct. 30 Seoul, Korea

Australia

From vaporousness to visibility: What might evidence of creative capacity building actually look like? May 21 Australia Program Practices From vaporousness to visibility: What might evidence of creative capacity building actually look like? UNESCO E-journal Vol 1 Issue 3 ERICA MCWILLIAM  SHANE DAWSON JENNIFER PEI-LING TAN QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY   The paper seeks to warrant the authors’ claim that creative capacity building can, at least in substantive part, be made visible through empirical processes of inquiry. To do so, the authors present methodologies and findings from two research projects they have conducted into creative capacity building, the first of which tracks student networking capacity and the second of which identifies cognitive playfulness as a creative learning disposition. The findings are argued to be instances of relevant evidence gathering in terms of warranting ‘teaching-forcreativity’ claims. By making student networking activities visible, and by examining cognitive playfulness as a learning disposition, the authors point to new uses for digital tools, not just as a means for disseminating information or storing it, but for designing smarter pedagogical processes and smarter processes of inquiry into the sorts of thinking and doing that constitute creative capacity. This refereed e-journal promotes the focus of the UNESCO Observatory for Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts to inform the development of future initiatives in this expanding field. The Observatory is establishing an international database of research to provide scientifically sound evidence of the individual and social significance of the impact of the arts, culture and heritage issues in education and across communities.
Behind ArtPlay’s Bright Orange Door Jun 28 Australia Program Practices A disused train yards in the City of Melbourne became an arts creating space solely dedicated for children and family, that is ArtPlay, whose model was The Ark in Dublin, the world’s first centre for children.   Through the centre, the city looks for its development as a child friendly city and for children and family to have a deeper engagement with the city.   ArtPlay is providing arts workshops for children aged 3-13, utilizing genre of music, visual art, and puppetry. Most of the workshops are provided in short term, but some are in long term. What’s important during the workshop at ArtPlay is to make informal and relaxed atmosphere with little pressure.     Running time of workshops is variable depending on the age groups: - Children aged 3-5: 45min-1 hour - Children aged 6-13: 2-3 hours Parents or guardians of children under 8 are required to participate in the workshop.  Basically, 1st floor is open hall for diverse workshops from dance or music activities to visual arts performances. It also can be used as seminar space and gallery. The space can be tailored for the need of each age group and art programme so that proper environment can be made for participants to focus more and feel comfortable.   In addition, a 4-year research project ‘Mapping and augmenting engagement, learning and cultural citizenship for children through ArtPlay workshops with artists’ was conducted and provided a chance to explore a space specifically designed for art experiences of children aged 3-13.

Kazakhstan

'The children are painting the world. TURKSOY' Album presentation in Paris Nov 20 Kazakhstan News & Events The presentation of «The children are painting the world. TURKSOY» album was held from 12 to 15 November 2013 in the framework of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris. The album was dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Turkish culture and the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures 2013-2022, initiated by Kazakhstan and endorsed by the UN General Assembly. Project was organized by the International Organization of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY), National Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan for UNESCO and ISESCO and Kazakhstan National Federation of UNESCO Clubs. The album was attended by representatives of the Turkic world : Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic , Altai Republic ( Russian Federation), Republic of Bashkortostan (Russian Federation), Autonomous Republic of Gagauzia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Sakha Republic (Russian Federation), Republic of Tatarstan (Russian Federation). More than 2,000 works participated, from which 500 were selected to the album. The initiative was implemented by the first UNESCO Club in Kazakhstan - School of Fine Arts and Technical Design named after A.Kasteev, on base of which the project has been developing since 1999. Annual Children's Art Festival «The children are painting the world. TURKSOY» contributed to the strengthening of cultural ties between Turkic peoples, as well as bringing into our lives the values ​​of UNESCO.

Singapore

Composing as Life Expression: Group Music Composition Jun 26 Singapore Program Practices Ng Hoon Hong, a composer as well as pianist in Singapore, leads group music composition in a secondary music classroom. He helps students to compose music by themselves reflecting their own life experiences to give chances to:   - explore who they are - ease the fear of errors - improve the ability to express themselves through music - nurture the sense of responsibility while composing music as a group activity.     The entire curriculum consists of 10-week module (a class/week):   Week 1 - Watching some recorded performances from previous years to give                students the expectation and possibility for composing Week 2 - Learning sense of rhythm through Pizza Rhythm game Week 3 - Connecting and arranging the rhythms Week 4 - Watching professional percussion group’s performance and composing                the musical piece Week 5 - Dividing students to several groups and discussing their compositions Week 6 - Watching recorded performances from previous years again and               assessing them Week 7 - Providing checklists to mark the composing progress Week 8 - Discussion and rehearsal Week 9 - Demonstrating the composition and getting feedback Week 10 - Performing and recording the final performance Students are not required to follow any strict way of composing nor to submit the final score. The most required ability for teacher is catching the appropriate moment of giving students freedom and advice.   Ng Hoon Hong tries to give students right to utilize everything while composing and not to give them any guidance. He allows them to use iPods, cell phones or any kind of music scores from their music activities at everywhere.   Only if they are struggling to finish the composition after using their own methods, he advises them to go back to the original method he has taught.     For more details about the class and Ng Hoon Hong, please log on to http://iop.rdc.nie.edu.sg/
CARE celebrates 2013 International Arts Education Week May 29 Singapore News & Events To celebrate the 2nd International Arts Education Week, CARE will be holding talks and events. Please join us!  1. CARE Forum (23 May)  “Ethics and Approaches with Vulnerable Communities”  This is a joint forum/lecture with Community Cultural Development Singapore  or CCD (Singapore). The forum discusses about the ethics involved when doing Art with vulnerable communities. The poster for this forum is attached. 2. CARE Forum online (week of 27 May)  “The Roles of Principals in Arts Education in Singapore’s Primary Schools”  Unlike previous live forums, this time round, we have pre-recorded interviews and presentations with 2 principals in their schools so that the audience will also get a sense of the bustling arts education environment in the schools. The forum will be uploaded on our website for teachers, researchers and the general public to  view and understand about what is currently happening in terms of arts education in schools. 3. Pre AEC-APSMER conference talk (1 June) "Nurturing the Arts, Fostering Communities- Growing the ArtsEducation Community in Singapore" CARE is helping to organise the upcoming AEC-APSMER conference and for this we have invited speakers to talk about 'Arts Education and the Community' - a free public event. Poster is attached.   Conference website: http://www.arts2013.sg/ 4. Symposium at the Rethinking Pedagogy conference (5 June) “Diversity and Inclusion in Arts Education: An Asian perspective” This symposium will invite practitioners and experts from the region to talk about different pedagogical approaches in their countries that speak to diversity and inclusion in arts education. Presentations will focus on 1. viewing arts education in the macro level of government policies and education curriculums, and their influences and effects on encouraging diversity and inclusion in arts education, 2. case study examples of particular approaches and practices from the region. Representatives invited will include speakers from Thailand, Japan, India, Singapore and professors from NIE’s Visual Performing Arts faculty who have worked on the Images of Practice research project in CARE.  *Videos of these events will be uploaded on our events page for sharing and development purposes. So if you missed them they will soon be available on our website. Please visit: http://www.unesco-care.nie.edu.sg/events  

South Korea

2016 Korea-China-Japan Arts and Culture Education Forum May 30 South Korea News & Events 2016 Korea-China-Japan Arts Education Forum was held on May 24th during the 2016 international arts education week events.   Session 1 Theme : Value and Power of Arts Time : 10:50-11:50 Time Speaker Affiliation   10:50   11:10 Diao Dongmei Vice Secretary - Staff of National Public Culture Development Center of Ministry of Culture - China Public Cultural Centers Association   11:10   11:30 Katsuhisa Sagisaka Director - International Affairs Division, Agency for Cultural Affairs   11:30   11:50 Kang Youn Kyoung Director - The Culture and Arts Education Division Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism   Session 2 Theme : Artists, Meet Arts Education time : 13:30 -14:15 Time Speaker Affiliation   13:30   13:45 Nam Jeongho Professor - School of Dance, Korea National Arts University   13:45   14:00 Minoguchi Kazumi Lecturer - Tokyo University of the Arts   14:00   14:15 Wang Zhanping Vice Director - Social Education Department of Central Academy of Cultural Administration   Session 3 Theme : Artists, Carry out Arts education  time : 14:15 -17:00 Time Speaker Affiliation   14:15   14:30 Ueno Koichi Chairman - Learning Through Art   14:30   14:45 Rho Joohee Audie Music CEO - Korea Audie Music Educational Research Institute   14:45   15:00 Kawashima Kaoru "Traditional Performing Arts for Kids" Program Director - Japan Council of Performers Rights & Performing Arts Organizations   15:00   15:15   Zhou Meifen Director - International Exchanges Department of Central Academy of Cultural Administration   Session 4  time : 15:15 - 17:00 Debate Q&A Time Moderator Affiliation 15:30 17:00 Park, Young-jeong Researcher - Korea Culture & Tourism Institute