The 2nd UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education, the largest global event in the field, took place in Seoul from May 25th to May 28th with some 2,000 participants coming from here and abroad.

 The first conference was held in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2006, where the significance and value of arts education was underlined and expressed in the “Road Map for Arts Education.”

 The second conference focused on encouraging the implementation of the “Road Map.” Furthermore, the meeting in Seoul targeted the socio-cultural dimensions of arts education and reinforce the importance of research.

 The conference in Seoul was expected to contribute to the development of new strategies and strengthen collaboration between its main participants ― national authorities, local governments, teachers, artists, researchers, associations and NGOs ― to work together to reinforce the importance of arts education in schools as well as within society.

 Korea has promoted arts education as a primary policy agenda since 2000. It expressed its wish to host the 2010 conference on during the session in Lisbon, recognizing the need for global expansion of creativity in education through culture and art.