Boundaries into New Pathways: 

Enacting the power of arts and arts education

How do we empower citizens to transform borders and boundaries into positive futures through arts education?


September 14, 2020

New to ITAC 

Get your conference started early, 

Talk with colleagues from around the world, and

Start to explore the power of the key conference themes!

Opening Ceremony 

Program details to be announced.    


September 15, 2020             

9:00am ~ 10:00pm Seoul, KST(UTC+9)

1:00am ~ 2:00pm Edinburgh, UTC 

8:00pm ~ 9:00am  New York, EDT(UTC-3)



What do arts and teaching artistry possess in widening and altering the pathways of learning in this time of uncertainty?  How do we, as teaching artists, unlock the potential in participants to free themselves from habits and certainty, and come to discover ‘new knowing’ in the ‘present tense’?  Unlearning opens up new ways to discover ourselves and create new worlds in art and life.  On our Day 1, we will delve into the practices and ideas around unlearning as a part of arts education—not only for our participants but for ourselves as teaching artists. 

The presentations and workshops will lead you to re-imagine arts education and your work in it with new practices, perspectives and entrepreneurial ideas.  Teaching artists bring their best practices to ITAC5 to  share and discuss. 

Topics such as: 

  • How do 21st century artists design learning in a postmodern/contemporary society of uncertainty?
  • What roles and risks we take, what opportunities we create, to innovate in traditional education settings?
  • How to help people and communities find creative ways to deal with challenging problems in daily life and at work?
  • What elements of your practice liberate individuals to actively learn with their own authority? *UN SDGs 4.7
  • What is possible for arts integration in schools?

* UN SDGs 4.7 aimes at cultural diversity, global citizenship and lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Theme Keynote

Wolsik Kim/Seems Like Community(KR) “do  o  ooooo oo    o iii ii ng”

Presentations & Discussions



September 16, 2020

9:00am ~ 10:00pm Seoul, KST(UTC+9)

1:00am ~ 2:00pm Edinburgh, UTC 

8:00pm ~ 9:00am  New York, EDT(UTC-3)

Local & Nomadic Practices

ITAC5 is the first conference to take place in Asia, so we will explore how teaching artists identify their practices in different localities, especially in Asia. How teaching artists bring back to life disappearing cultures? How can we reveal the accumulated but overlooked history and traditional elements in communities? This theme invites us to meet teaching artists whose practice springs from a specific community but carries universal value that reaches beyond the local setting to the global community of teaching artists.  

With the presentations and the workshops, we will meet practices from areas far from urban centers, practices that teaching artists carry beyond the boundaries of nations. We will discover artistic practices that vitalize the cultural identity of minority communities driven into diaspora due to voluntary/non-voluntary migration.  This track focuses the locality of teaching art in Asia, especially in Southeast Asian countries. 

Throughout the sessions, the participating teaching artists will explore the inquiries below and more:  

  • What “locality” do your practices reflect/embrace? What do we mean by working with local communities? *UN SDGs 4.7
  • How do you stay wide-awake, responsive, and responsible as you serve as an instigating agent in society?
  • Are your practices transportable to other cultures, are they shaped by other cultures?  
  • How are your practices and teaching artistry strengthened by collaborating with ‘community’?

* UN SDGs 4.7 aimes at cultural diversity, global citizenship and lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Theme Keynote


Presentations & Discussions



September 17, 2020

9:00am ~  10:00pm Seoul, KST(UTC+9)

1:00am ~ 2:00pm London, UTC 

8:00pm ~ 9:00am  New York, EDT(UTC-3)

Peace & Reconciliation

We face a time of unstable and uncertain boundaries and barriers. COVID-19 does not simply block societies and communities, it blocks human-to-human encounters and trust; and it even makes us question long-trusted fundamentals of artistic practice.

Artists who work in participatory settings constantly provoke new perspectives, ask deeper, sometimes challenging, questions, and raise relevant issues. What is the role of artist and art education now, in this era of discrimination and hatred, conflict and confrontation, anxiety, helplessness and fear? Can our work contribute to positive changes as we represent the voices of different communities, societies, and countries? How can teaching artistry contribute to collective harmon and create visions of peaceful coexistence? 

With these questions in mind, the Peace & Reconciliation track sessions explore these inquiries, in accordance with UNESCO Seoul Agenda Goal 3*: 

  • What practices disrupt the boundaries of hatred and discrimination, and create  pathways to respect and co-existence? 
  • What is the teaching artist’s specific role and contribution in a time of conflict around such issues as gender, environment, religion, culture, disability, race and region?
  • How can you empower the diverse and innovative voices of citizens to address problems of conflicts? 

* UNESCO Seoul Agenda Goal 3 includes social responsibility, social cohesion, global challenges from peace to sustainability through arts education. 

Starting with the keynote presentation of the Alvin Ailey Youth Camp, which has committed to helping low-income Black teenagers meet the world through dance, we will see a variety of work done with Parkinson's disease patients, disabled students, and underprivileged youths.


We will share examples of artists working with movement, play, dance, and the latest digital media technologies. We will see how to break the cycle of violence through 'Drama with Women with Trauma', reconcile with death through 'Making Newborn Baby’s clothes with Cancer Patients', and dream of peaceful co-existence.

Theme Keynote

Nasha Thomas(US) “AileyCamp Matters...Inspiring Youth and Changing Lives through the Arts”

Presentations & Discussions


September 16-17, 2020

Professional Development

We grow our power through constant self-reflection and self-improvement. 

The themes of the ITAC, which marks its fifth conference this year, differ depending on the time, circumstance, and location of each conference. However, the consistent key theme across all ITAC gatherings is reflective practice and self-improvement, spurred by new inspiration through interacting with colleagues.  In addition to the three main tracks, ITAC5 presents a new set of special workshops and sessions that include topics promoting self-reflection and self-improvement.

The sessions cover a wide variety of content: including fundamental understandings; attitudes and competencies to have as a teaching artist; ways to link various subjects and institutions; and reflective practices to guide our ongoing improvement. The presenter line-up addresses a younger generation seeking a fresh and challenging approach, seasoned professionals looking for a variety of experiences and perspectives, and the mature generation willing to share their cultivated wisdom and deep insights. These sessions aim to 'learn together to grow together'.

Stay tuned for more information on the lounge meets & talks, 1:1 chats, and the collective rooms!


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