Arts Education

This is the page for those interested in embedding sustainability principles and concepts in Arts Education.

For more information on this hub and/or how to participate in the meeting please contact Sherridan Emery by email:


Visit and On-Line Discussion by Raisa Foster from Finland

On Tuesday April 19th, 2016 at 11 am AEST,  Raisa Foster from Finland, will be visiting and has agreed to talk with us about her art-eco projects. Raisa is Research director the Art-Eco project, as well as Ph.D. artist, researcher and educator, and involved in the book project:

The meeting with Raisa will be at the Melbourne (Bundoora) campus of La Trobe University, in meeting room HUED 102 in the Education Building, ground floor (see campus map at  – this link also has information about how to get to La Trobe Melbourne (Bundoora) campus by public transport, etc.).

Other people may join the conversation via Zoom by contacting Colin Hocking at

Raisa is going to talk about and lead discussion around The (Eco)Pedagogy of Recognition as follows:

I aim to discuss how the pedagogy of recognition (Foster 2012) can be seen as a form of EcoJustice education (Martusewicz, Edmundson & Lupinacci 2015).  EcoJustice education starts from a systematic cultural-ecological analysis: the critical investigation focuses especially to the structures of modern thinking and to the discourses that reproduce those deeply rooted assumptions of modernity. Education which aims for supporting eco-ethical consciousness needs, along with the discourse analytical approach, an (eco)phenomenological attitude as its starting point. Eco-phenomenology extends beyond the conceptual structures towards the sensual world, which is more than human. The pedagogy of recognition claims that new ethical understanding can occur when we shift our action from (conceptual) knowing to (perceptual) recognizing. The pedagogy of recognition respects all forms of lives as equally valuable.

Looking forward to meet you all and also hear about your projects.

– Raisa Foster


UNESCO International Arts Education Week is 25–31 May 2015
The theme for 2015 is Sustainable education and development in and through the arts.

To access the UNESCO toolkit for embedding sustainability in Arts Education click the link below. This takes you to the Resources and Links page. Scroll down to Curriculum Documents.

CLICK HERE to access the page.

May 11, 2016 On-Line Discussion

An initial meeting  for this interest group via Zoom was held on May 11th 2015 at 11am (EST)

The Arts Education hub of the SUSTAINed network came about in response to the 2014 World Alliance of Arts Education (WAAE) summit in Brisbane. Educators with interests in arts and sustainability education were invited to participate in the session, and future Hub discussions and activities.

Following the initial ‘getting to know you’ catch up, the group discussed the upcoming UNESCO International Arts Education Week (May 25-31). Ralph Buck from Auckland University started the conversation around UNESCO’s 2015 theme of sustainable education and development in and through the arts and participants were invited to share ideas and initiatives from their own contexts. Ralph together with Rita Irwin from the University of British Columbia shared some of WAAE’s efforts that particularly resonate with the social justice orientation of sustainability education.

One question the discussion started with was:
“What possibilities do you see for sustainability education in and through the arts in your context? ”

Here is the on-line recording of this discussion session in full – there is a brief summary of the main points covered below the video:

Summary of Discussion

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