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World Alliance For Arts Education World Summit



Mon 11 Oct 2021, 12:00 am


Arts Culture, World Art and Culture, Creative Wellbeing

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The World Alliance for Arts Education (WAAE) 2021 Virtual World Summit will take place from October 11-15, 2021. The summit is titled Arts Impact 2021: Context Matters, and focuses on Arts Assessment and Evaluation. The purpose of the summit is to bring together arts education professionals worldwide to share the latest research, thought, and practice in arts education assessment and evaluation. We invite primary and secondary school arts educators, higher education professionals, arts education researchers and policymakers, national, state and local education officials from across the world to come together virtually at this international event.


The WAAE 2021 summit will host one pre-summit event, the Young & Emerging Leaders Forum (YELF). This event provides a space for young scholars, emerging leaders, and new colleagues to the field of arts education to share work and develop a community of learning for expanding the pipeline of leaders in the global field of arts and cultural education. The Forum will be coordinated by Jeff M. Poulin, the managing director of Creative Generation.


Philosophical Foundations

This Summit is grounded in the following shared beliefs:

  1. All students are inherently artistic. Every person has the capability to experience, learn, and engage with the arts meaningfully.
  2. Assessment and evaluation of arts learning is best when it is ongoing and not episodic. Arts learning progresses over time, and the assessment and evaluation of that learning is a continuous process.
  3. The multidimensional nature of the arts creates opportunities and challenges for designing evidence-based measures. The arts are a complex, multidimensional human experience. The design of assessment and evaluation models must reflect those characteristics.


At this Summit, we seek to:

  • Further the WAAE objectives of advocacy, research, and collaboration.
  • Develop a set of international principles for arts assessment.
  • Develop an online, open access publication of selected summit papers through the University of Florida libraries. This will be a one-time publication to serve as an historical record of the event.

Participants will:

  • Discuss and develop a set of international principles for arts assessment.
  • Engage with the international arts education community to identify arts assessment and evaluation practice that are shared across disciplines.
  • Deliberate with presenters and attendees about values and beliefs on evidence-based arts assessment and evaluation.
  • Dialogue with WAAE leaders about the organization's objectives of advocacy, research, and collaboration, and connect this summit to the support of the broad goals Seoul Agenda and the UNESCO sustainability goals.


Registration will open on July 6, 2021 and will be managed by the event producer, Creative Generation. Please sign up here to be added to a mailing list to be notified of registration opening.


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