The Arts Ambassador Project-Inspired by UNESCO Arts Education Week

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BYB Plus recognizes the work of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) supporting access to the arts and education throughout the world.  In honor of UNESCO's Annual Arts Education Week, BYB Plus offers The Arts Ambassador Project-Inspired by UNESCO.

Rhode Island arts and cultural organizations present dance, music, theatre, visual arts and design events representing an international array of themes and forms.  Museum shows might focus on the art of China and Iceland. European festivals are depicted in prints and  international watercolor sketches might showcase England's Edward Lear.  The world of music in RI has offered a premiere of Piazolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, and participatory folk dance alongside the work of collegiate choregraphers.  Drama offers adaptations of Dostoyevsky, the tragedy of Shakespeare, and the hilarity of Alan Ayckbourn. And as always, the work of the arts in America...from the fiddle tunes of Appalachia to the passion of August Wilson's Fences are at the start of the road for Big Yellow Bus Plus. An international education in the arts and humanities starts in Rhode Island with BYB.


Methods / Materials: 

Basic  Protocol for Student Task:

1.  Attend field trips offered in dance, music, theatre, visual arts and design offered by Rhode Island arts organizations for Big Yellow Bus Plus.

2.  Attend arts field trips and choose a nation of origin for an artist or work of art interests you in the arts and culture of that country.

3.  Using a variety of resources, including AskRI at (Rhode Island's Statewide Reference Resource Center)), research the profile of your nation of choice (including the United States)---its history, current governance and society, and the art form/artist that interests you.  Collect and store your research so that it can be retrieved in order to complete one of the following "Ambassador" tasks:
----GOODWILL AMBASSADOR:  Prepare a performance presentation based on your international artist or art form, or create an orginal work of art inspired by your research and BYB field trip. This "showcase" piece should inform your audience about the creative gifts of your nation of choice as part of the global community.  Your presentation should include an informational introduction to the nation and the art form/artist.  Consider using a timeframe of 20-45 minutes...distributed across introduction, art presentation or performance, and concluding comments or question & answer opportunity.  Be prepared to make a case (or presentation conclusion) for your audience about what your performance teaches us about shared human matter where we live.

----DELEGATION TO THE UNITED NATIONS:  Assume the role of youth representative to the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural) of the United Nations General Assembly.  You will be appearing to present testimony, at the invitation of your nation's Delegate, regarding the education of your country's youth as part of a 21st century international creative, arts, and arts-related economy. 

  • Your testimony should focus on why youth need contemporary and international arts education for the 21st century, how that education might best be offered, and how youth might use their education as part of employment or to live full lives as citizens of a world community that sustains human diginity through creativity.  
  • An internet search for General Assembly of the United Nations Social, Humanitarian, & Cultural - Third Committee will take you to Press Releases for samples of testimony to this UN Committee, which deals with a range of serious and world crisis issues including education and opportunity for global youth.
  • Another presentation source is found at  Click on Global Classrooms Model UN.  Then click on How to Participate.  Click on Model UN Preparation.  Click on Position Papers and Sample Position Papers.

Store your performance or text of your testimony for possible inclusion in your graduation portfolio.


Time to Complete: 

20-25 hours exclusive of field trip for research, development, and rehearsal or presentation of project.

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