The EAAE is a network of existing networks and organisations that work across Europe and that have a shared interest in the promotion of access for all to quality arts education.
EUROPEAN ALLIANCE FOR ARTS EDUCATION (EAAE)
Under the auspices of the German Commission for UNESCO, ACEnet and ENO invite representatives from European networks with an explicit focus on arts, cultural or creative education (in the sense of UNESCO’s Seoul Agenda) to convene during the World Summit in Arts Education in Frankfurt. The convention will take place on Monday, October 28, 14:00 – 16:00.
- Exploring and deciding methodologies for future communication and convening
- Exploring and deciding initial governance and secretariat functions
- Sharing of current relevant initiatives/challenges and exploring possible collaborations.
WHAT IS EAAE?
It is proposed that EAAE is a network of existing networks and organisations that work across Europe and that have a shared interest in the promotion of access for all to quality arts education.
A number of Europe wide networks currently exist in the field of arts education with particular art form or professional specialisms, for example: ENO, ACEnet, Amateo, EMC, STEP, InSEA, IDEA, Compendium …. This is by no means an exhaustive list – but already these networks represent academic researchers, policy makers, participatory/ amateur arts and art form specialists.
An initial meeting of representatives of some of these networks was convened during the recent European conference on arts education in Leeuwarden in 2018. There was consensus that a more regular and systematic platform for sharing ideas, knowledge, experience and current challenges would be beneficial for a number of possible reasons:
- To raise awareness of current initiatives and add value to these as appropriate
- To explore how the combined expertise of members could be a resource for any kind of collaboration in emerging fields at the interface of policy, research and advocacy
- To act as a European “chapter” of the WAAE
- To share relevant intelligence
- To be able to respond to requests by politicians and transnational bodies
- To be able to react to transnational tendencies, policies (e.g. by the Council of Europe [www.coe.int] or the EU)
- To collaborate on advocacy and other initiatives as appropriate.
It is envisaged that EAAE could amplify the impact of the work of each of these individual networks for the benefit of all. The current focus of each is crucial within their specialism but they are currently disconnected. The “language” of arts education means a variety of things across nations and across professional sectors and can act as a barrier to collaborative working. We propose to use the following documents as articulating our joint philosophical approach;