LCI addresses UNESCO

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There is great excitement at Lincoln Center Institute these days, in anticipation of two major events in May. For the first time in the Institute’s history, it will present a professional development seminar in Seoul, Korea, May 21–25, hosted in alliance with Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture (SFAC). While there, we will have the honor of yet another first for us: the Seoul Educators Workshop 2010 is the pre-event of the second UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education, hosted by Korea, and our Executive Director (and Imagination Now featured blogger), Scott Noppe-Brandon, has been invited to speak before an assembly of world’s cultural leaders. The UNESCO conference will look at the role of the arts both in and outside of the environment, and will hear diverse ideas about the future of arts education.

In his speech, Scott will address the international significance of LCI’s collaboration with SFAC, the invaluable relationship of LCI’s teaching artists with classroom teachers, and, of course, the importance of imagination—no longer the province of the arts alone, but the basis of the imagination-creativity-innovation paradigm that today fuels the progress of our society. And that means a changed education, fulfilling careers, and new visions of the world ahead.

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As I eagerly prepare to speak at the 2nd World Conference on Arts Education in Seoul, Korea in May, a news item from that capital city makes me even more excited about my upcoming visit. At the Global Metropolitan Forum of Seoul 2010 (GMF), a March event aimed at increasing the city’s economic competitiveness, Mayor Oh Se-hoon offered welcoming remarks linking imagination, creativity, and innovation to urban development. His words serve as a potent reminder of the fact that imagination is central not only to education, business, art, and science, but also to the functioning of successful communities. An article in The Korea Herald by Song Sang-ho reports on the March forum, an event that has now set the stage for the exhilarating conversations that are sure to fill the conference hall in May. Continue reading