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InnovArte: arts education teachers for change in Ecuador 


The UNESCO Office in Quito, the Ministry of Culture and Heritage and the Ministry of Education of Ecuador have joined forces to strengthen arts education. Through the course “InnovArte: arts education teachers for change” teachers of Ecuador's technical arts baccalaureate and complementary arts baccalaureate will receive comprehensive training in teaching specialized skills, and promoting cultural industries, cultural entrepreneurship, cultural management, and creativity. The programme will be launched in June 2021 and will be developed virtually through the MeCapacito platform. The training is expected to benefit approximately 800 teachers throughout the country, and strengthen the technical and artistic educational offer of the middle level of the national education system.

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Hornero Migratorio: Play, create, learn in Uruguay

Hornero Migratorio is a social, artistic and educational project with an interdisciplinary approach that encourages musical and audiovisual creation as a channel to promote processes of personal and collective development through the arts. Building on the motto play-create-learn, the project aims at establishing a free approach to the creative process through experimental tools and digital technologies to enhance identity and comprehensive development of individuals and communities. Through workshops in schools or in community centers, and online gatherings, participants are collectively creating video clips that translate local realities and identities.




Arts Education project ‘Warholitos’ in Mexico City turns digital during the COVID-19 crisis 

Warholitos is an artistic education project for girls, boys and their families. Through specialized tours in museums and galleries in which we share stories, observation exercises, and group discussions with children, families learn about the world and its diversity through the eyes of art. Due to COVID-19, the project has adapted to digital media, holding creative workshops online for free through Facebook Live. Thus, during the workshop, girls and boys create their own works by observing and adapting the techniques, styles, materials, themes, and biographies of the different artists studied during each session. Therefore, children learn by doing. The Warholitos project considers that in these times of pandemic it is when children and their families need to get closer to art, to understand other realities and other worlds in addition to losing their fear of creation and self-expression with simple materials that can be found at home. 




“Transform the present, imagining the future” – Chile celebrates the 2020 International Arts Education Week

The celebration of International Arts Education Week 2020 in Chile, which is entitled "Transforming the present, imagining the future", proposes a national initiative to collect socio-emotional expressions from the domestic settings. This nationwide action is not only a playful exercise for children and young people to explore their environment, their home, collecting objects and remembering experiences through painting, images and other artistic forms, but also a reflective and expressive activity that invites learners to manifest their ideas, tastes, interests, reflections and current concerns. This affective collection will be shared on social networks using the hashtag #TransformarElPresente and tagging Arts Education Week on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Education and Culture agents are invited to be part of an exchange community in which they are capable of sharing their activities, practices, news and educational materials. This digital platform is a multi-stakeholder meeting place around the national and local cultural activities. This initiative also plans a moment of exchange in November about the imagining futures (UNESCO-MINCAP National Arts Education Meeting). At this event, boys and girls will meet again and share their collections, creating a collective mapping of their experiences during confinement. The assembly of these collections may be carried out in collaboration with other educational spaces such as cultural centers, museums and libraries.

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Cultura desde Casa in Lima, Peru  

The Culture Department of the Municipality of Lima, with the aim of expanding citizens' access to virtual cultural content, within the framework of the health emergency due to the serious circumstances affecting the life of the nation as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, launched the First Call for Cultura desde Casa (Culture from Home), aimed at artists and creators. 46 projects have been selected in accordance with the selection criteria set out in the guidelines. The vast majority are contents oriented towards artistic and cultural training. The selected artists and creators are to be hired by the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima and carry out the production of the project. The effort of each and every artist and creator who has participated in this call demonstrated creativity and commitment.  All of this reaffirms commitment to the arts and culture of the people and city of Lima in continuing and expanding the access and participation of all people to cultural life. 



Aprendo en Casa (Learn at Home) in Peru

Aprendo en Casa is the public virtual education platform implemented by the Ministry of Education of Peru. Within its program there are learning sessions of Art and Culture. So far, the program has 6 sessions for pre-school, 18 for primary and 12 for secondary. The platform was designed having the family and the idea of sharing as key and core concepts for learning. In this one, the students can explore, play, express, create and learn either by themselves, with friends, or with their families. In addition, 4 audiovisual educational programs on art and culture have been developed on public television and radio. This timely initiative launch during the COVID-19 pandemic is to address, in the short-term, the need of students at initial, primary and secondary level in addition to their formal education during the State Emergency. It also bears a medium and longer term objective to complement the lessons that teachers give in the classroom, focusing especially on students from rural and remote areas and thereby to reduce learning inequalities.



Educational Programme for arts by National Center for Folklore and Popular Culture (CNFCP) in Brazil

Over the past 10 years UNESCO Brasilia Office has been a partner of CNFCP and IPHAN. The National Center for Folklore and Popular Culture (CNFCP) Educational Programme offers resources that seek to support educators in creating alternatives for the study of art and popular culture, pointing out questions, proposing themes or revealing new approaches to subjects already studied in the classroom. The programme has a highly interactive approach, and aims to encourage the participation of educators in sharing their experiences to enrich the learning experience from different perspectives. The Center also seeks to contribute to the renewal of school research, investing in the substitution of copy and pasting for the curious search for information, the confrontation of ideas and the exercise of interpretation. CNFCP and National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN) has also carried out some activities focused on heritage education. Over the past 10 years, UNESCO Brasilia Office has been a partner of CNFCP and IPHAN.



Art at School Citizen Award in Brazil to inspire students, citizens and communities through arts education 

The Art at School Citizen Award, carried out by The Art at School Institute, is in its 21st edition in the year 2020. The Award has a mission of expanding the voice of teachers and valuing projects that awaken new perspectives and inspire students, citizens and communities. Projects that may apply for the Award should involve one or more artistic languages (music, theater, visual arts, dance), carried out between 2018 and 2019 in teaching schools regular, public or private, with classes in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, High School and Youth and Adult Education. As a prize, the professor who authored the winning project in each category receives 10 thousand Brazilian Reals and, the school, a computer and a digital camera, as well as a certificate and an exclusive trophy created by the artist Ester Grinspum. With an institutional partnership of UNESCO Brasilia Office, the Art at School Institute is a non-profit civil association that, since 1989, has qualified, encouraged and recognized the teaching of art, through the continuous training of teachers in Basic Education. Its objective is that Art, as an object of knowledge, develops students' perceptual skills, reflective ability and encourages the formation of a critical conscience, not limited to self-expression and creativity. 


7 Peoples, Portrait of a Territory, in Brazil

7 Peoples, Portrait of a Territory, is an exhibition about the diversity of cultures at the Brazilian region of the Jesuitical Guarani Missions, produced in the scope of a South-South Cooperation project between the countries with territory missions: Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia, and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC). The exhibition has an interactive format and is also aimed at children and adolescents. The exhibition also includes an art-education workshop designed to receive groups of children for educational activities. Supported by the books, toys and physical games – memory games and puzzles – these activities aim at interpreting the content presented in the exhibition, establishing the concepts of Cultural Heritage, Cultural Landscape and Cultural Itinerary, but also opening space for creative expression. Public and private primary schools in the exhibition's roaming cities are invited to visit the exhibition. The educational material was designed by Graça Ramos, with graphic and digital animation by Guilherme Ripardo. The educational activities of the workshops are carried out under the guidance of the Heritage Education Nucleus of the General Coordination for Cooperation and Promotion, IPHAN. The exhibition was opened at Porto Alegre and Sao Miguel das Missões (State of Rio Grande do Sul) in 2019 and it is expected to be available in Rio de Janeiro and Uruguay, in 2020.


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The Old Yard in Trinidad and Tobago

The Old Yard is an annual (re)imagining and (re)presentation of carnival heritage that transports patrons back to the time of the Port of Spain barrack yard, with the masquerade of traditional Carnival characters such as the Baby Doll, Dame Lorraine, Dragon Mas, Blue Devils, Burrokeets, Fancy Indian, Jab Jab and much more. Set in the heart of the Carnival season, this entertaining festival event is positioned as an experience-based, learning-by-doing training platform for university students pursuing undergraduate courses in Festival Management, Performance, and Technical Theatre. Under the guidance of Project Director and Lecturer Dr. Jo-anne Tull and the small project management team, students assume the roles of festival managers/operators, set and venue installers, event programmers, logistics officers, and backstage managers in preparation and execution of the event. Performance of the masquerade is multi-layered and interconnected, involving student performers alongside the elders of the traditions interacting with patrons. The Old Yard is a valuable live repository of masquerade heritage and cultural traditions that has also benefitted the nation’s primary and secondary school students who are doing Social Studies, Caribbean Studies, Performing and Visual Arts. Ten years of The Old Yard has encouraged a growing pool of young persons to choose the performing arts and carnival arts as their tertiary course of study at the DCFA. The event is held each year on the Sunday before the start of Carnival week, with preparations involving students enrolled at the Department spanning 3 weeks prior to the event.