Pre-conference & Opening
Day 1.  Unlearning
Day 2.  Local & Nomadic Practices
Day 3.  Peace & Reconciliation



The International Teaching Artist Conference (ITAC), is an international platform, which brings together socially engaged artists from around the world practicing in diverse fields, from local communities to educational institutes, and enables them to exchange ideas and deepen their expertise. Beyond one-off events, ITAC operates as a year-round international collaborative network, where artists can mutually support each other and connect. The ITAC vision is a world where every country has artists working in the heart of communities and learning. Where these artists are continually improving, internationally connected and well supported, and the potential of the practice and its transformative power is visible and valued.

ITAC conferences take place biennially in different global cities from Oslo, Norway in 2012 (ITAC1), Brisbane, Australia in 2014 (ITAC2), Edinburgh, Scotland in 2016 (ITAC3) and New York, U.S., 2018 (ITAC4). ITAC5, for the first time in Asia, will be held in Seoul, Korea and attended widely online.

This biennial event aims to be a dynamic platform for:

  • sharing practice, learning and researching in the field of participatory arts
  • showcasing the best and next practice of the host and visiting nations
  • generating new connections and building palpable energy towards the international community

Read more about ITAC:

2020 ITAC5

Artists from around the world have been making efforts to carry on their practices despite the COVID-19 pandemic. ITAC5 is also transforming itself into a different format, in order to ensure safety while upholding the values it has been standing for --- Digital Conference.

The conference is filled with engaging sessions, activities, informal and formal discussions, opportunities to connect with new colleagues and with leading artist-educators around the world. Registered conference delegates will have a variety of ways they can choose to participate, from interacting in and out of sessions, to creating conversations of particular interest to you. 

In this time of disruption and isolation, ITAC5 celebrates our community, as we explore and learn individually and together over these days packed with inspiring and bold innovations and ideas. Sure, we will miss being together, but what a rare opportunity to join with colleagues from around the world from your own home. 

For more information on the program details, check the Program section. 

ITAC5 is organized and hosted by Korea Arts & Culture Education Service (KACES), a government institution agency under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.


ITAC5 Programming Committee

Leadership Committee



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!



Our 3-day conference registration fee (including the pre-conference activities) is listed below―much less than in the past because it is virtual. (Remember also, no travel or housing costs!) We recognise that our ITAC community and sector has been hit hard by COVID-19, and this has financially impacted many of us. Therefore, we ask that if you are a member of an institution, organisation or have been less affected financially by the crisis, you contribute the full conference fee as usual. This allows us to offer the reduced fee to those who wish to attend but cannot afford the full amount. We rely on those who are able to pay it forward, to support less-fortunate colleagues. We appreciate your generous cooperation and support.   

Regular price $200 

FULL ACCESS allows to:

* Join engaging sessions, activities, informal and formal discussions;

* Have opportunities to connect with new colleagues and with leading artist-educators around the world;

* Choose to participate, from interacting in and out of the sessions, to creating conversations of particular interest to you.

* A gift box with souvenirs from ITAC5 Seoul will be mailed to you upon completion of registration. 

* Spaces are limited.

Special price $50

If you are a freelance artist, a student, or an individual who is impacted economically by COVID-19, you are eligible for the special price. Same benefits as regular-price delegates.


* It will be possible to watch certain selected parts of the conference for free as an observer. These spaces do not allow real-time interaction, but this option is available and may suit those who cannot commit to 3 full days of engagement.  

Despite the online nature of the conference, we ask that our participants commit to spending these 3 full days in deep inquiry with us. We know it is tempting to dip in and out of digital sessions, but to capture the benefits of an ITAC event, we want to challenge our paid participants to engage fully in these three days as if we were together in person.

We are aware of the challenges in offering our participants live events when we all join from varying time zones, so we have ensured each delegate will have access to live, interactive content regardless of their location.

In order to ensure our conference truly international and representative of our community, there is a cap on how many delegates can join from any one region- So make sure you sign up quickly to avoid disappointment!

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