Vision, Mission & Values

Our Commitment & Vision

The Canadian Network for Arts & Learning envisions a world in which the arts and creativity are recognized as integral to the learning process, both at school and throughout life. By connecting Canada’s diverse arts and learning communities, we will increase access to meaningful arts experiences for all Canadians, laying the foundation for the strengthening of social, cultural, health and wellbeing, and economic vitality.


To unite local, regional and national arts and learning communities in a network for exchange, research and collaboration, cultivating a more creative, innovative, healthy and prosperous Canada.


At the core of the organization’s vision is a belief in the value of arts and learning

  1. As an intrinsic component of human culture that deserves formal recognition in schools;
  2. As fundamental to the development of the fully realized individual;
  3. As a means of resolving the social and cultural challenges facing the world today by building empathy and intercultural understanding; and
  4. Reflecting the goals and strategies of the Seoul Agenda: Goals for the development of arts education as endorsed by UNESCO in 2010.

This vision of the future is shared by a growing worldwide movement calling for a transformation in education, a transformation that will realize the full potential of arts education to renew educational systems, to achieve crucial social, cultural, health and wellbeing objectives, and ultimately to benefit children, youth and life-long learners.