General Council Meeting of IDEA
The GCM was held in Wellington, New Zealand from 21st to 23rd April 2012, following the Drama New Zealand Conference. Drama New Zealand hosted the GCM and kindly arranged rooms for meetings and offered workshop leadership possibilities to some of the delegates and officers to help defray their costs. We thank Drama NZ and in particular Kim Bonnington and Rachel Steele for their support and kindness throughout. The GCM was less well attended than usual but there were countries represented that have not attended GCMs previously. It is important that an international organisation holds its GCMs and Congresses in different world regions. The GCM was Chaired by Steven Clarke. The minutes are being collated and will be sent to members soon.
The President visited and worked with IDEA members in South Korea (KADE), Hong Kong (TEFO) and the Philippines (PETA), en route to and from the GCM in New Zealand as well as meeting specifically with Drama Australia and Drama New Zealand representatives whilst in New Zealand.
IDEA World Congress 2013 in Paris – 8th to 13th July 2013
The website for the above is now open. Please visit: http://www.idea-paris-2013.
World Alliance for Arts Education
WAAE is an important alliance of arts organisations for Art, Music, Dance and Drama that are working for the benefit of learners, educators and artists around the world. IDEA is a founder member. WAAE has good links with UNESCO.
The current Executive Council of the WAAE consists of the Presidents or their representatives:
InSEA (Rita Irwin)
ISME (Margaret Barrett)
WDA (Ralph Buck)
IDEA (Patrice Baldwin)
Professor Ralph Buck came to the end of his term as Chair of the WAAE on June 1st 2012 and the position has now passed to Rita Irwin, the President of InSEA for the next year. Ralph will remain on the WAAE Executive Council as representative of WDA and immediate past Chair. IDEA’s past President Dan Baron Cohen preceded Ralph Buck as the Chair, so the rotating Chair has so far been with IDEA, WDA and now InSEA.
Certainly IDEA benefits from being part of WAAE and IDEA thanks Ralph for his clear and visionary leadership, sustained hard work and determination in further developing and promoting WAAE and strengthening its links with UNESCO. The WAAE has been given a voice on the world stage by UNESCO at its World Congress in Seoul Korea and more recently at their launch of the 1st UNESCO International Arts Education Week in Paris at the end of May, 2012. The former President of IDEA, Dan Baron Cohen was instrumental in the early development of WAAE and held the position of Chair before Ralph Buck.
WAAE World Summit in Rovaniemi, Finland, Nov 7-9, 2012
The next major event for WAAE is the World Summit in Rovaniemi, Finland, Nov 7-9, 2012. See: http://www.ulapland.fi/?
deptid=25256The call for papers has been opened and extended to August 31 for those of you who may have missed an earlier call.
In May 2013 another WAAE event will take place in Wildbad Kreuth, Munich, Germany. The meetings in Rovaniemi and Wildbad Kreuth are related and specifically designed for leading arts educators with interests in trans-arts, trans-national, and trans-cultural strategic planning. If you want to be part of informing future international policy development, research, advocacy and networking, then these WAAE events will be of particular interest to you.
Should you have any questions about WAAE please contact the IDEA President, Patrice Baldwin firstname.lastname@example.org