UNESCO national commissions are in many countries in the world.  InSEA members are encouraged to meet with their UNESCO representatives about arts education ideas and initiatives and to engage with other UNESCO policies whenever possible.Find your national commission on the listing of national UNESCO commissions.

InSEA is a non-governmental organisation official partner of UNESCO

If you are an InSEA member, you will receive regularly news from UNESCO activities, awards, projects and publications related to arts education ( InSEA e-newsletter).  InSEA Representative in the UNESCO NGOs commission is Marie- Françoise Chavannes.  Though InSEA your  voice can be represented  in  UNESCO. 


International Arts Education Week

(see also http://www.unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/creativity/arts-education/about/arts-education-highlights/)

Following the success of the Second World Conference on Arts Education (Seoul, 2010), the UNESCO’s General Conference at its 36th session in 2011 proclaimed the 4th week of May as the International Arts Education Week. The International Arts Education Week aims at increasing the international community’s awareness on the importance of arts education and at reinforcing its cooperation by promoting cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and social cohesion.

Here are the dates for future planning.  May 19-25, 2014 May 25-31, 2015 May 23-29, 2016 May 22-28, 2017 May 21-27, 2018 May 20-26, 2019 May 25-31, 2020 May 24-30, 2021 May 23-29, 2022  May 22-28, 2023 May 20-26, 2024 May 19-25, 2025


The UNESCO Seoul Agenda

The Seoul Agenda: Goals for the Development of Arts Education is a major outcome of UNESCO’s Second World Conference on Arts Education held in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, on 25 – 28 May 2010.

The Seoul Agenda calls upon UNESCO Member States, civil society, professional organizations and communities to recognize its governing goals, to employ the proposed strategies, and to implement the action items in a
concerted effort to realize the full potential of high quality arts education to positively renew educational systems, to achieve crucial social and cultural objectives, and ultimately to benefit children, youth and
life-long learners of all ages.

See website.

The 2nd World Conference on Arts Education


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UNESCO and The Intergovernmental Foundation for Educational, Scientific and Cultural Cooperation (IFESCCO):  Arts Education in CIS Countries, October 2009

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UNESCO, France, June 2006 (publication)

Education Through Art: Building Partnerships for Secondary Education


1ST UNESCO World Congress on Arts Education, Lisbon, March 2006

UNESCO held its first World Congress on Arts Education in Lisbon in March 2006. A key element of that Congress was the announcement of a Joint Declaration between the International Drama/Theatre and Education Association (IDEA), the International Society for Music Education (ISME), and the International Society for Education through the Art (InSEA) to work together and to launch the World Alliance for Arts Education (WAAE).


UNESCO Chair for Arts and Learning



UNESCO Observatory on Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts

The UNESCO Observatory brings together people with shared interests in the arts and encourages activities that cross disciplinary divisions, drawing on the combined expertise of national and internationally recognised researchers. The Observatory's focus crosses over the areas of architecture; the physical, natural, social and health sciences; well-being, culture, heritage, arts practice, education in the arts, community arts practice, research methodology, philosophy, ethics and program evaluation across pure, strategic, applied and action research. http://www.abp.unimelb.edu.au/unesco/


World Digital Library

UNESCO, U.S. Library of Congress and partners launched World Digital Library

UNESCO and 32 partner institutions yesterday launched the World Digital Library, a web site that features unique cultural materials from libraries and archives from around the world. The site – located at www.wdl.org – includes manuscripts, maps, rare books, films, sound recordings, prints and photographs. It provides unrestricted public access, free of charge, to this material. World Digital Library 


UNESCO and creativity in education




 7th International UNESCO NGO Forum 2017 

 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 3-4 May 2017

InSEA delegate  at the Peace Forum, at the 7th International Forum of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO: AME world Councillor Dr.  Mohammed Al Amri.


As delegate of the International Society of Education Through Art (InSEA), world councillor Mohammed Al-Amri have participated in the7th International UNESCO NGO Forum 2017 held in Riyadh and organized in partnership with MiSk Foundation on May 3-4, 2017. In this UNESCO NGO Forum, more than 400 NGOs including InSEA and over 2,100 delegates from around 70 countries attended. "Youth and their social impact" was the mean topic of this forum. Speakers included Olympic gold medallist Carl Lewis, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales; including different sessions such as Setting the Scene: Youth Engagement and its potential for Social Change, Optimizing the Impact of the Digital Native, and Educating for a Sustainable Future, in addition to breakout sessions and NGOs presentations such as AIC, AMGE, CID, UNIMA, ISOCARP, CCVS, ISPA, INSEA, WFTU and OIEC. InSEA's presentation at the 7th UNESCO NGO Forum focused on the crucial role of youth in society and  the important role education through art has to play in the social changes and challenges facing the world today. InSEA is a Network for all including youth themselves, educators, artists, and researchers who do care about future of art education in the worldwide society.

see here InSEA Presentation



UNESCO Peace Forum, 2016



Forum   From promoting to building peace with NGO’s , Querétaro, México on 3 and 4 November 201

This Forum involved organizations from different parts of the world. The organizations had participations where they can show their actions in order to contribute to the culture of peace.The Forum was held in Querétaro, México on 3 and 4 November 2016. The specif topic was From promoting to building peace with NGO’s.The discussions were related to increase our efforts to work together having a better dialogue and sharing experiences with different cultures. The discussions were also organized around three general themes:1. Education: a path for lasting peace.2. Youth engagement for peace. 3. Culture and sport: tools for peace. 

InSEA member representing InSEA in the , 2016 UNESCO PEACEFORUM : M. A. Angel Lorenzo Ramírez Rodríguez, 2 December 2016



UNESCO International Conference of Non Governmental Organisations, 12 -14 - 2016


I had the pleasure to represent INSEA to this event in Paris.The main subjects are to exchange and be concerned by « The challenge of the digital revolution for NGO’s ».Mr Eric Falt, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for External Relations and Public Information opened the session and noted the very important participation of NGO. He presented the question of « contemporary digital environment and individual and collective responsibility ». M. Darko Tanaskovic, ambassador, permanent delegate from Serbe Republic at Unesco and President of the comite for relationship with non governmental organisation in Excutive Council of UNESCO expressed how we need to pay attention to take care of « multi-culturality » in regard to multiculturalism which is institutional and quite ideological.Then Mrs Martine Levy, Chairperson of the International Conference and of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee promoted the independence and freedom of the 380 NGO, able through their actions to take care and develop actions in favor of education, culture , sciences and others. As main speaker, Mr Eric Sadin, writer and philosopher, presented the danger of merchandising our life, human freedom through the collect of personal informations, concept of artificial Intelligence and excess of connexions. A very strong lecture supporting creation and art as political and democratic answer against the «silicon power ».

Marie Françoise Chavanne, Paris,  14/12/2016
InSEA delegate in UNESCO NGO Meetings


InSEA began with the help of UNESCO and continues to work closely with them today, developing policies and initiatives that may help art educators’ worldwide.

InSEA is a non-governmental organisation official partner of UNESCO [consultative status]

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