On March 6, 2006, the World Alliance for Arts Education was formed through a partnership between three arts education organizations: the International Drama/Theatre and Education Association (IDEA), the International Society for Education through Art (InSEA) and the International Society for Music Education (ISME). Together, they wrote a declaration that can be found in the ABOUT section of this website. Our collective voice convinced UNESCO to include art educators in their Roadmap for Arts Education. Within two years, the World Dance Alliance joined WAAE to make a wide representation across drama, dance, music and visual arts education. Ever since then we have been advocating for strong arts education everywhere. At times this has meant writing letters to politicians, while at other times it has meant providing professional development. It has always meant a coming together of local and international arts educators working together for the advancement of arts education.

For instance, in 2014, WAAE held its 5th Arts Education World Summit in Brisbane, Australia with delegates from dozens of countries.  At that particular summit, the delegation made a strong resolution that was sent to the Australian government in regard to cuts that were happening to arts education. We were able to make a difference to funding arts education in Australia.

Furthermore, the 4th WAAE Summit was held in Rovaniemi, Finland in November 2012 where we brought together over 100 delegates from 28 countries representing art, dance, drama and music. Recommendations from that summit can be found here.

In May 2013 we partnered with the International Network for Research in Arts Education (INRAE) and ACENet to launch Polylogue II: Global Summit on Arts Education in Wildbad Kreuth, Germany. At this conference we were able to bring together over 140 art, dance, drama and music educators from around the globe to discuss issues and research perspectives of mutual interest. The overall results of Polylogue II can be here.

While the WAAE Forum (committee of 4 Presidents or their delegates) continue to address the recommendations of these summits and meetings we continue to focus on the following:

  1. Continue to refine conference organization strategies to include different kinds of presentations.
  2. Continue to send out calls for expressions of interest for hosting future world summits and encourage related events.
  3. Continue to lobby governments on behalf of arts education.
  4. Encourage further arts education alliance building around the world.
  5. Consider creating special interest groups or strategic action groups working across the arts especially for International Arts Education Week.
  6. Lastly, the WAAE Forum cannot do everything. We need volunteers to help us become a sustainable organization.  Please let us know if you want to become involved.

Historical Documents

  • WAAE Resolution dated November, 2014 (pdf)
  • The Hong Kong Declaration dated May 5, 2014  (pdf)
  • Memorandum of Alliance dated November 9, 2012 (pdf)
  • Strategic Action Plans, Rovaniemi, Finland, 2012 (pdf)
  • International Arts Education Week 2012 (press release) & (report)
  • Joint Declaration of the International Drama/Theatre and Education Association (IDEA), International Society for Education through Art (InSEA), and the International Society for Music Education (ISME) dated March 6, 2006 (pdf)
  • A History of WAAE (2006-2010) (pdf)