Call to Action on Arts Education

COVID-19 has devastated the arts and learning sector, threatening to push the arts completely out of post-pandemic school programming while limiting the impact of the sector on broader community revival. We are seeking endorsements for our Call to Action on Arts Education to help in our advocacy efforts as we seek to sustain and grow arts and learning in an emerging new normal. By adding your name, you will make a bold statement that arts and creativity are integral to the learning process, both at school and throughout life, and are fundamental to the development of the fully realized individual.

Call to Action on Arts Education - The Winnipeg Vision

The Canadian Network for Arts & Learning calls on governments, artists, educators, professional organizations, researchers, universities, communities, and all advocates of arts and learning to endorse the following principles to ensure that the arts are positioned to make an increased and sustainable contribution to learning both at school and throughout our communities.

The vision is the outcome of a major conference (Creative Convergence) held in Winnipeg, Manitoba in October of 2019 during which participating experts from across Canada and around the globe were asked to share their perspectives on the future of the sector. Their responses highlighted how the three goals of the Seoul Agenda, Goals for the development of arts education (UNESCO 2010) can be interpreted from the perspective of practitioners and learners.

We envision a sustainable future for arts and learning in which learners of all ages:

  1. Have Access

    • Access diverse and inclusive learning experiences in, through and about the arts via
      • Opportunities within the home, community, learning institutions, and workplace
      • Recognition and celebration of diverse artistic traditions and expressions
      • Digitally mediated and face-to-face engagement
      • Overcoming social, economic, geographic, and cultural barriers
  2. Experience Quality

    • Experience quality arts education via
      • Progressive development of artistic knowledge and techniques
      • Self-expression and human interaction
      • Responding to works of arts from diverse cultures and traditions
      • Balancing the potential and risks of technologically-mediated arts practice and learning
      • Moments of contemplation, curiosity, wonder, joy and delight
  3. Apply the Arts

    • Apply the arts to issues of personal, local, and global significance via
      • connecting to self, others and community
      • Building understanding, reconciling difference and mobilizing change
      • Supporting civic engagement and social good
      • Contributing to personal and community health and well being
      • Activating artistic ways of knowing within non-arts sectors

Our call to action is issued in sympathy with the provisions of the Frankfurt Declaration for Arts Education (World Alliance for Arts Education, November 2019) and is closely aligned with several of the goals and targets of UNESCO's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UNESCO 2015).

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Add your endorsement to the Call to Action on Arts Education

Recent Endorsements

Alexandra Fidyk

I am endorsing because my teaching and research calls for and supports integration of arts across curriculum and throughout all learning contexts.

Chantal Monastesse

Je signe parce que Nous avons besoin de la langue de la musique pour s'exprimer. Les professeur-es transmettent leur connaissances afin de donner la chance à d'autres jeunes ou adultes de pouvoir s'exprimer autrement que par les mots et d'avoir du plaisir à jouer avec d'autres musicien-nes. La musique est l'âme d'un peuple. Prenons en soin.

Théâtre Biscornu

Je signe parce que Les arts sont essentiels à l'émancipation des individus et à créer des ponts entre les communautés.

Paula Ortelli

I am endorsing because I am a secondary music teacher and I see the true value of a strong arts education on students. I also fear the collapse of our arts programs, especially music, because of the pandemic and the financial burden that it will place on governments.

Marnie Setka-Mooney

I am endorsing because Engaging in the Arts is a life skill. It is not a luxury. It helps people of all ages, from infants to mature adults to not simply self-express, but to also on an emotional/mental health level self-regulate, self-soothe, and when working in groups, much like sports, work together to attain a common goal.

Janet McCloy

I am endorsing because Now, more than ever, arts are needed across the school curriculum to enhance learning and develop students' social-emotional skills. The arts provide a way of learning that benefits all the diverse learning needs we see in classrooms now.