Press releases | Culture 02.12.2009

The Siemens Stiftung was Cooperation Partner at the Berlin Conference in Preparation for the Second UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education in Seoul, Korea

Experts from throughout Europe demand greater research, quality andparticipation in arts education. This was the result of the “Arts Education– Culture Counts” conference held in Berlin from November 30 toDecember 1, 2009. The conference was organized by the GermanUNESCO Commission and Prof. Liebau of the Friedrich-AlexanderUniversity in Erlangen-Nürnberg in cooperation with the SiemensStiftung.

Mid-term reports from European countries showed that the general frameworkfor arts education has developed positively since the first UNESCO WorldConference in Lisbon in 2006. Amongst other things, it has been possible tostep up the collaboration between relevant bodies and institutions responsiblefor arts and education. Civil-society and business initiatives for arts educationhave also risen considerably in the past few years.

The Siemens Stiftung sponsored the Berlin Conferenceheld at Magnus Hausto support the German UNESCO Commission and the UNESCO Chair on Artsand Culture in Education in the preparation of contributions from relevantexperts – representatives from European ministries, the EU and UNESCOCommissions, partners and those in political posts from Germany and theEuropean expert networks – with a view to UNESCO’s second worldconference on “Arts Education” to be held in Seoul (May 2010). The SiemensStiftung has set itself the goal of promoting international dialogue on the statusand development perspectives of arts education – for instance with its “kiss –Culture in Schools and Universities” project. This stipend program for studentsof art and music education has been successfully testing new ways to conveycontemporary art in schools since 2004. By seeking new perspectives foractive promotion through cooperations the Siemens Stiftung wishes to make asustainable commitment to arts education in Europe that contributes to thegrowth of each individual and the development of modern societies.

The Siemens Stiftung was founded in September 2008 as a charitablefoundation headquartered in Munich and endowed by Siemens AG withfoundation capital of Euro 390m. The Foundation thereby continues thecompany’s over 160-year tradition of social commitment. Its task is to findanswers to global social challenges, highlight opportunities and provide aid forself-help in emergencies. In line with the Foundation’s mission the focus of itsactivities are social commitment, education, technology, research andinnovation as well as arts and culture. The Siemens Stiftung is operational.

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