A global framework to strengthen culture and arts education

February 15, 2024
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Creative Future
February 15, 2024
Creative Future

As cultural landscapes continue to evolve, the recent unanimous adoption of a new global Framework by UNESCO Member States represents a pivotal shift in the integration of culture and arts education across the globe. The consensus on giving culture and arts education a higher priority is not just a policy shift; it’s a transformative approach that recognizes the profound impact of cultural education on student development and societal cohesion.

The new Framework advocates for an enriched engagement with local and indigenous cultures and heritage within educational curricula. This aligns with a broader definition of “culture,” extending beyond the traditional to embrace living heritage, cultural expressions, and the dynamic realm of the creative industries.

Digital technologies are at the forefront of this transformation, offering new avenues for intercultural dialogue and the preservation of linguistic diversity. The integration of these technologies within the arts and cultural education sectors signals a recognition of their potential to augment learning experiences and foster global connectivity.

The Framework also emphasizes the essential nature of learning in and through cultural diversity, which is integral to overcoming societal divisions and promoting mutual understanding. Strengthening relationships between educational institutions and cultural entities, such as UNESCO World Heritage sites, is identified as a key strategy for achieving this.

For educators, policymakers, and cultural institutions, the Framework provides a new roadmap for embedding culture and arts more deeply into education. It suggests that this is not merely an enhancement of existing curricula but a necessary element in nurturing emotionally intelligent, creative, and critical thinkers who can thrive in a diverse and rapidly changing world.

As we step into this new era, cultural managers’ role is to facilitate the translation of these global directives into actionable local strategies. The significance of this Framework extends beyond educational settings; it is a call to action for all stakeholders involved in culture and the arts to collaborate, innovate, and lead with a vision that aligns with these international standards.

The promise of UNESCO’s initiative, supported by the United Arab Emirates, to provide grants and programs for capacity building, especially in Africa, sets a precedent for international cooperation. Advisors must be adept at navigating these opportunities to maximize the impact on the communities we serve.

The global alliance for culture and arts education is burgeoning, and with these new guidelines, there is an abundance of potential to be utilized. This is a moment for cultural managers and advisors to shape a future where education is interwoven with the richness of culture and the transformative power of the arts.

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Giuliano Picchi is a cultural manager, creative economy specialist, researcher, author, and founder, driven by the belief that the arts and culture are main forces of change and growth at a global level.

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