The World Chinese Arts Education Association (WCAEA) is a non-profit organization registered in Hongkong, China. WCAEA promotes arts and education, and it is the only international arts education organization serving Chinese arts educators worldwide. Our mission is to gather experts, scholars, and art education practitioners of different levels engaged in arts and education worldwide to promote the reform and innovation of art education and Chinese art education and organize teaching seminars and international exchange activities. Chinese art education truly has a global perspective and continuously improves the quality of education in the arts.
The predecessor of this association was the "Cross-Strait Art Education Committee," established in 1998, later renamed "The World Chinese Arts Education Association" in 2008, and has hosted seven international arts education symposiums since then. The foundation of the WCAEA is to connect Chinese through arts education around the world.
Short Term Goals:
1. To promote arts education in China and Chinese communities worldwide;
2. To sustain and expand arts education research and practice in China and Chinese communities around the world;
3. To advance foundations of k-12 arts education and gather expertise in higher education to cultivate and generate quality teacher-preparation programs;
4. To provide opportunities through international exchanges and collaborations to establish global perspectives for Chinese arts educators and those of Chinese descent;
5. To institute procedures for diverse educational and cultural exchanges.
Long Term Goals:
1. To affiliate with arts education organizations and associations worldwide to help strengthen international collaborations.
2. To diversify and expand services worldwide to art educators of Chinese and those of Chinese descent.
In 2013, WCAEA and the UNESCO International Society for Education through Arts (InSEA) became strategic alliances. We collaborated with 91 Ant and co-organized IOD Ideas on Design International Design for Industry Summit in 2018. The same year, we collaborated with Hong Kong Society for Education in Art (HKSEA) and held the InSEA Asia Regional Congress 2018 & 7th WCAEA Symposium. In 2019 and 2020, WCAEA formed sister alliances with Turkey National Visual Art Education Association (GÖRSED), Association of Cultural Offices in Philippine Educational Institutions, Inc. (ACOPEI), the Social Aesthetic Education Alliance (CSAEA), and Malaysian Junior Art Education Association (MYJAEA).
The association's activities center on large-scale academic symposiums held every two years (or once a year under special circumstances), supplemented by the normalized exchange events and interactions of the Internet and WeChat groups. We launched large-scale art education academic seminars and innovative activities, timely sharing educational information of college, K-12, family, museum, social participation, and teaching in art(s) education. We held art education exhibitions and launched curriculum design competitions and other educational activities such as inspiring creativity and artist interviews.
So far, WCAEA has held a total of 13 large-scale international symposiums. Among them, six were held in Urumqi, Kunming, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Guangzhou in the name of the Cross-Strait Art Education Exchange Conference. In the name of the World Chinese Arts Education Symposium, we successfully held seven symposiums in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Guangzhou, Ningbo, and Hongkong, China. All conferences and online and onsite events have brought great influence. We established our academic brand and a good reputation among Chinese art educators around the world.
Since this association is a non-profit academic institution, all association officials are volunteered and unpaid. All activities are non-political.
The First World Chinese Arts Education Symposium
Host：The World Chinese Arts Education Association (WCAEA); Central Academy of Fine Arts
Organizer: School of Humanities; Art Education Research Center
Theme: Art, Science, and Society
Date and Time: November 29 - December 1, 2008 (3 days)
Location: Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing)
Number of Participants： over 130
The Second World Chinese Arts Education Symposium
Host：The World Chinese Arts Education Association (WCAEA); Nanjing Normal University
Organizer：School of Fine Arts, Nanjing Normal University
Theme：Information Era, Art Trendy, Art Education, Teacher Development
Date and Time：October 28 - November 1, 2010 (4 days)
Location：School of Fine Arts, Nanjing Normal University (Nanjing)
Number of Participants：over 190
The Third World Chinese Arts Education Symposium
Host：The World Chinese Arts Education Association (WCAEA); China Academy of Art
Organizer：Department of Art Education, School of Sculpture and Public Art, (current)
Theme：Contemporary Art Education; Inheritance and Innovation；International Collaboration
Date and Time：October 26 - 29, 2012（four days）
Location：China Academy of Art Xiangshan Campus (Shanghai)
Number of Participants: over 250
The Fourth World Chinese Arts Education Symposium
Host： The World Chinese Arts Education Association (WCAEA); Art Education Professional Committee of Chinese Education Association; Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts
Organizer：Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts; China Southern Research Center of Art Education
Theme：Synthesis, Interaction, Innovation
Date and Time：November 16 - 18, 2013 (two days)
Location：Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts Changgang Campus (Guangzhou)
Number of Participants：over 240
The Fifth World Chinese Arts Education Symposium
Host：The World Chinese Arts Education Association (WCAEA); International Society for Education through Art (InSEA); East China Normal University
Organizer：School of Art and Art Education Research Center, East China Normal University
Theme：Creative Art Education in the Age of Big Data
Date and Time：November 15 - 18, 2015 (three days)
Location：East China Normal University Putuo Campus (Shanghai)
Number of Participants：over 250
The Sixth World Chinese Arts Education Symposium
Host：The World Chinese Arts Education Association (WCAEA); Art Education Professional Committee of Chinese Education Association; Ningbo University
Organizer：Pan Tian Shou Art and Design College, Ningbo University
Theme：Reflect and Responsibility: The Present and Future of Visual Arts Education
Date and Time：November 19 - 21, 2017 (three days)
Location：Ningbo University (Ningbo)
Number of Participants： over 250
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The Seventh World Chinese Arts Education Symposium and InSEA Asia Regional Congress
Host：The World Chinese Arts Education Association (WCAEA); International Society for Education through Art (InSEA); The Education University of Hong Kong
Organizer：The Education University of Hong Kong
Theme：Challenges and Transformation (CT)
Date and Time：December 8 - 12, 2018 (three days)
Location：The Education University of Hong Kong
Number of Participants：over 380
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The Eighth World Chinese Arts Education Online Symposium
Host：The World Chinese Arts Education Association (WCAEA); Guangdong Province Shenzhen Fine Arts Research Center
Organizer：The World Chinese Arts Education Association (WCAEA)
Theme：Crossing Over & Living Together
Date and Time: multiple sessions throughout 2021
Number of Participants: still calculating
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Symposiums under the name of Cross-Strait Art Education Association (former name of WCAEA), please click here.
Phase One: Cross-Strait Art Education Association 1999-2006
In the late ’90s, after the communication channels across the straits opened up, Dr. Ann Kuo, who came from Taiwan, realized there should be an organization to promote art education collaborations across the straits. She zealously sought and planned to develop a platform for Chinese art educators to share and exchange ideas in the arts. “Cross-Strait Art Education Association (CSAEA)” was born.
Phase Two: World Chinese Art Education Association from 2008 -- present
Since many Chinese participants came from all over the world to attend the Cross-Strait Art Education Association Symposium, the 2006 committee suggested changing the association's name to “The World Chinese Arts Education Association (WCAEA).” The new mission for the association promotes inclusive art education with global perspectives.