The World Chinese Arts Education Association (WCAEA) is a non-profit, non-political academic organization that promotes arts and education. It is the only international arts education organization serving Chinese arts educators worldwide.
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. 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).
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” 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.” The new mission for the association promotes inclusive art education with global perspectives.