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On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is great honor of us to invite you to the 35th World Congress of the Int’l Society for Education through Art_ InSEA 2017.

If there is one thing for sure that anybody can't resist its coming as real in this contemporary era, we are to say that it is the digital phenomena. The unprecedented velocities of change and ranges of innovation initiated by digital can't be fathomed with easy. To that extent, our society has faced with gigantic wave named as digital, and it encompasses education too.

We can't help but to admit that there is the very needs to deal with such digital issue in full gear. It is because that a full burgeoning of digital in every nook of society as well as education has been giving birth to various meanings and interpretations, possibilities and problems, hopes and anxieties which are beyond our predictions.

The relationship between digital and art education is not just a matter of methodology nor technology, rather it is a matter of spirituality and humanity also. With captivated by such terms as “spirit”, “art” and “digital,” the narratives of coexistence are defining a new zeitgeist and a key formula for survival of art education.

The organizing committee is exerting their utmost effort in preparing for the conference in order to offer an ideal venue for in-depth analyses and wide range of discussions on current issues and topic in the field of Art Education.

We await your active participation in the InSEA 2017, which will be another major step forward for the field of Art Education. As an international city and as the colorful city in Korea, Daegu is famous not only for its unique character and culture, but also for its hospitality and scenery. We earnestly look forward to welcoming all of you to Korea, a country that cherishes its 5,000 year of history.

Once again, welcome to InSEA 2017!

Yong Lin Moon Ph.D.

President , InSEA 2017

Jeung-Hee Kim Ph.D.

Congress Chair, InSEA 2017

On behalf of the International Society for Education through Art, it is my great pleasure to bring greetings to the participants of the 35th InSEA World Congress.
InSEA is a non-governmental organization and official partner of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), it is a worldwide association of those concerned with Education through Art.

It is a time for educators to reflect upon the effects of digital technology in cultural and educational contexts from an humanistic point of view, to discuss how Education through Art can develop literacies, values and citizenship. Educators are searching for new strategies in an effort to reach across cultures, to encourage inter-cultural respect, and to nurture an inexhaustible quest for understanding and mindfulness. As arts educators we are well positioned to advocate for the benefits of the arts in formal and informal educational contexts: schools, museums, cultural sites; community centres; institutions and other educational organizations. Education through Art is utterly needed in our knowledge-based, post-industrial societies that require citizens with confident flexible intelligences, creative verbal and non-verbal communication skills, abilities to think critically and imaginatively.

Education through Art has been advocating for cultural emancipation through critical thinking using artistic methodologies. Art educators can help to develop digital literacy by engaging learners in critical ways of seeing and making. Education through Art infuses questions on how to make, how to interpret existing multimedia cultural products, how to produce or remix it, and how to distribute it. Arts based pedagogy, specially with contemporary art practices in education raise questions about Spirituality; Conscientiousness and Intelligence, about how can we survive in the techno-economical discourses. It helps to create intermediate spaces for ethic and aesthetic action and reflection in our particular places. Such practices can encourage awareness of how technology and media are influenced by commercial considerations, and how they impinge on content, technique, and distribution raising debate about ownership and control. They engage people in active learning and creative questioning, stimulate interdisciplinary study and participatory decision making. These are essential capacities and skills to build participatory democracies.

As a member of a solid community of people committed to Education through Art, I welcome all those who are here, willing to think about the digital era in arts and education and to discuss ideas to improve our strategies and actions in order to reclaim excellent art education programs in our cities, our countries and our regions. It is my personal hope that the shared conversations during the congress will inspire all of us to use our knowledge, skills and experiences to impact on educational research and praxis at local and global levels.

With gratitude and appreciation.

Teresa Torres de Eca

President, InSEA 2017