Culture and development in Mozambique: Implications for art education by Victor Sala 

Culture is now increasingly being discussed and considered, unlike a few years ago, as one of the most important areas for development, especially in some African countries such as Mozambique. The concept of culture has now shifted from academic and artistic discussions, to the field of social and economic development and has become an important agenda for policy makers. Many national and international forums are now enrolling culture in their priority policy agendas and cultural goods are becoming important to business economies.With these changes of culture and development, it is  important to consider its implications on art education in Mozambique.  Read More >>


Feature Article: A brief history of art education and art teacher training in Turkey by Vedat Özsoy

With the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, a New Turkish Republic was established on October 29th, 1923. Following this establishment, in 1939, the Ministry of National Education published a series of books and papers that were written by foreign experts who were invited to Turkey in the initial years. Amongst these publication is a Report on Turkish Educational System written by American philosopher John Dewey.The report provides important information, especially regarding the importance of arts in the earliest year of the Turkish Republic and the rationale for having art courses in the education programs. Read More >>


Bedouin children from Israel drawing their leisure activities by Rachel Kroupp

Since the establishment of the State of Israel, in 1948, the Bedouin settlements in the Negev area of Israel have experienced diverse changes that are manifested in various areas of their lives. A study was conducted to understand the leisure activities of 430 Bedouin children living in Israel, both in permanent, as well as temporary settlements. This article shares some results in an endeavour to provide a glimpse into the world of leisure activities of these children. Bedouin children in grades 3-6 were asked to draw paintings related to ‘every activity they did after school hours’. Read More >>


Beyond Resistance Art: Art education in Palestine

During the 36th session of UNESCO’s General Conference, the Member States voted to admit Palestine as the 195th Member of UNESCO on 31st October 2011. As a newly formed Member State, very little is known about art education in Palestine and this article hopes to shed some light in this direction. When we think of art in relation to Palestine, we often think of Graffiti art on the Israeli Wall or other forms of art in relation to the political unrest in Palestine. There is however more to art and culture in Palestine, beyond Resistance Art and education in and through the arts is of increasing significance for a number of reasons. Read More >>


Hand weaving program for mentally challenged youth in Egypt

Currently many organizations in the world seek to increase the abilities of children and adults who have difficulties in learning, by using Vocational Therapy programs. This article documents a multimedia hand-weaving program that aims to increase abilities of young people with difficulties in learning, living in Egypt. The program was used in parallel to the Structured Rehabilitation Program and is designed to rehabilitate people who have lost the ability to work due to a disease or a disability, and help them participate in work again. The program is designed keeping in view of the individuals’ physical and mental conditions, which can regulate the work suitable for their condition. Read More >>


Arts-based programs for empowering young East African immigrants by Aparna Rae

In September 2010, I joined a community action agency in Seattle, in the United States, with the aim of developing arts-based after-school programs for the young people living in the community. The community had very few after-school options for young people, and further, had a high school drop out rate, suffered from high rates of unemployment, and lacked social cohesion. The community had been recently rebuilt through the federal Hope VI grant, in an effort to revitalize what has been known as one of the worst public housing development in Seattle into a mixed-income neighbourhood. Read More >>