WAAE - World Alliance for Arts Education
InSEA is one of the four arts education organisations that comprise WAAE - the World Alliance for Arts Education. The four are:
- InSEA - International Society for Education Through Art
- ISME - International Society for Music Education
- IDEA - International Drama/Theatre and Education Association
- WDA - World Dance Alliance
WAAE was formed in 2006, when UNESCO was holding the first world congress on arts education in Lisbon, Portugal. In preparation for that event, the presidents of InSEA, ISME and IDEA came together to write a response to the UNESCO Road Map. Seeking greater recognition for arts education through UNESCO, WAAE was formed and, a year or two later, WDA joined enabling WAAE to cover art, music, drama and dance education. This means that a member of InSEA is automatically also a member of WAAE.
Creation of the Word Arts Alliance: Signature of the Joint Declaration / InSEA; ISME; IDEA, Portugal, Viseu, March 2006 during the 2006 world InSEA congress, (Left to Right Diederik Shonau -InSEA; Gary McPierson-ISME; Dan Baron-Cohen-IDEA and Doug Boughton-InSEA)
WAAE is committed to working with UNESCO foci whenever possible.
A narrative history can be found on the WAAE website.
Auckland, New Zealand. 22-25 November 2017
UPDATE: the deadline for abstracts (Pecha Kucha’s and workshops) - Tuesday 23 May 2017.
- The conference website
- registration page.
- Please take the time to read about conference scholarships for community practitioners.
Zhejiang Conservatory of Music - HangZhou, China -Dec 2-5, 2016
The WAAE or World Alliance for Arts Education held its 6th World Summit on Arts Education in HangZhou China. With over 400 delegates it was easily the largest world summit to date and was attended by national and international delegates. Each session had equal number of Chinese and English speaking presenters with simultaneous translation for the keynotes and contiguous translation during all other sessions. The spectacular opening and closing ceremonies showcased a wealth of talent across all ages and all arts disciplines, from several regions of the country. It was very impressive to say the least – made even more impressive with the outstanding architecture of the three year old campus for the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music. Stunning buildings on an equally stunning site.
WAAE is comprised of four arts education organizations: InSEA, ISME (music), IDEA (drama/theatre) and WDA (dance). Our history goes back to 2006, ten years ago, when UNESCO was holding the first world congress on arts education in Lisbon, Portugal. In preparation for that event, the presidents of InSEA, ISME and IDEA came together to write a response to the UNESCO Road Map. Seeking greater recognition for arts education through UNESCO, WAAE was formed and a year or two later, WDA joined to cover art, music, drama and dance education. A narrative history can be found on the WAAE website at: waae.edcp.educ.ubc.ca Members of these four organizations are automatic members of WAAE. As a result WAAE does not have a membership per se yet is directly linked to InSEA and our sister organizations. WAAE is committed to working with UNESCO foci whenever possible.
Joining a WAAE World Summit for Arts Education offers an opportunity to meet arts educators from across the disciplines interested in UNESCO related themes. The World Summit theme was on “Arts Education for Sustainable Development.” The presentation that stood out the most to me on this theme was InSEA member Ernst Wagner’s keynote where he detailed several case studies from around the world that highlighted one or more of the following dimensions:
- ecological/environmental dimension [consumption, production, settlements],
- cultural dimension [diversity, heritage, lifestyle], and
- social dimension [inclusion, equality, peace]. I found these distinctions instructive as I listened to discussions and sessions during the rest of the congress.
While I was not able to attend all of the InSEA member sessions, several stood out to me. Sue Girak’s (Australia) recycling project demonstrates how recycling materials can be usable and reusable materials for art educators. Local authorities collect materials specifically for use by artists for this project – it is a truly remarkable project that more communities should implement. We should all realize our impact on the environment. Marta Contrelas Valle (El Salvador) shared a incredible workshop on sustaining cultural practices from her country. Participants danced, made art, and sang as they embodied a method of sustaining ourselves as cultural workers.
Geraldine Burke and Clare Hall (Australia) shared an intergenerational project that demonstrates sustainable creativity for lifelong learning while recognizing our need for health and wellbeing.
Ian Brown (Australia) spoke about assessment that reimagined Bloom’s taxonomy to suit visual literacy – a fascinating study that I hope is shared broadly.
Jun Hu (Canada and China) shared a dynamic model with multiple end points that demonstrates how a/r/tography and related arts based research can be understood through a multidisciplinary lenses.
Sunah Kim (Korea) detailed how Korean society is becoming more multicultural and how arts education is helping to support cultural diversity in this quickly changing society.
Marjan Prevodnik (Slovenia) gave a wonderful drawing workshop that lead everyone through some very good drawing exercises that can stretch us to see differently and perhaps with a more active eye for perception.
I too gave a talk on arts based research practices being used to document and guide mentoring or professional development practices for all educators, but especially arts educators. My example highlighted the use of comic illustration and how it could help to focus our knowledge mobilization efforts.
There were likely other InSEA member’s giving sessions and I wish I could write about their sessions here. I apologize if I have not mentioned you here. Suffice it to say, InSEA was showcased very well at the conference with thought provoking sessions.
Last but not least were all of the Chinese speakers. I learned a tremendous amount about Chinese education, Chinese aesthetics, Chinese curriculum change and Chinese culture through our immersion into this Chinese world congress. It was a fabulous experience and wish more of my InSEA colleagues could have joined us there.
Continue to watch the WAAE website for future announcements. Next November 2017, we will host a World Summit on Arts Education in Auckland, New Zealand. Please plan ahead and join us there!
Rita L. Irwin
WAAE Executive Member (representing InSEA)
- A History of WAAE Work (pdf)
- Joint Declaration of the International Drama/Theatre and Education Association (IDEA), International Society for Education through Art (InSEA), and the International Society for Music Education (ISME) dated March 6, 2006 (pdf)
- World Alliance for Arts Education World Summit"Transform: From Inception to Innovation in Arts Education"Brisbane, AustraliaNovember 26-28, 2014. Program Outline > Download here
- 4th WAAE World Summit in Rovaniemi, Finland (Nov 7-10, 2012). More info about the summit can be found at www.ulapland.fi/waae2012
WAAE Summit, Newcastle, UK, October 31 – November 2, 2009
World Creativity Summit in Taipei, Taiwan, June 5th – 8th 2008
(Hosted by InSEA and the National Taiwan Normal University)
The World Creativity Summit, Hong Kong, July 23-25, 2007
One of the significant recent InSEA initiatives is collaboration with two other world arts education organizations to form the World Alliance for Arts Education (WAAE). InSEA President Doug Boughton (2004-2006) and members of the InSEA World Council established a working party to explore ways to respond to recent UNESCO arts policy. Leaders of the International Drama/Theatre and Education Association (IDEA) and the International Society for Music Education (ISME) were invited to contribute to this discussion and one of the most important outcomes of the meeting was the creation of the World Alliance. The first result of the international multi-disciplinary alliance is the Joint Declaration on Arts Education for the UNESCO World Congress of Arts in Education held in Lisbon, Portugal, in March 2006. This document establishes a fundamental position that arts education groups around the world can cite for direction and support.
InSEA President Ann Kuo (2006-2008) has actively worked within the World Alliance organization to plan the first World Creativity Summit (WCS) in Hong Kong, July 23-25, 2007. This international meeting brings together more than 100 innovative educators, scholars, and leaders from around the world to develop initiatives that will serve to nurture the creative and transformative potential of every human being in the world. These are the words of the World Creativity Summit Director and IDEA President, Dan Baron Cohen.
World Creativity Summit
Asia-Pacific Alliance for Arts Education (APAAE)
The WAAE Asia-Pacific Alliance for Arts Education (AP AAE) Online Summit is hosted by the WAAE website and organized by the University of South Australia, 14-22 December 2009, under the theme: “Arts Education: Perspectives on cultural policy, creativity and diversity in the Asia-Pacific region”
Organising an Asia-Pacific face-to-face regional summit provides an enormous resource challenge and WAAE members decided that an online forum would facilitate the realisation of the following guiding aims, objectives and outcome (see attachment).
Canadian Arts and Learning Symposium 2009
Charting a national/regional/global course for Research, Networking & Advocacy
A Regional Summit of the World Alliance for Arts Education (WAAE)
December 2-4, 2009, Royal Conservatory, Toronto
Latin American and Caribbean Summit on Arts Education 2009
In partnership with the World Alliance for Arts Education and CORFERIAS. Bogotá, Colombia, South America. See website
2009 African Regional Summit for Arts Education
Hosted by: THE KUMASI SYMPOSIUM: Tapping Local Resources for Sustainable Education Through Art Department of General Art Studies, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana, July 31-August 14, 2009.
Objective: Develop WAAE’s contribution from Africa to the second UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education in May, 2010. Contact initially through Dan Baron Cohen.
2009 Southern African Regional Summit for Arts Education
Hosted by: The 2009 Africa Research Conference in Applied Drama and Theatre, 12-14 November 2009, Wits University, South Africa.
Objective: Develop WAAE’s contribution from Africa to the second UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education in May, 2010. The 2009 conference will also be hosting the WAAE African regional Summit on 15 November (for more information go to www.dramaforlife.co.za). Further information about the WAAE summit is available from Dan Baron Cohen.