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Arts, Culture, and Cultural Awareness in Education

By Magdalena Pasikowska-Schnass, European Parliamentary Research Service, November 2017, 12 pages

The brief Arts, Culture, and Cultural Awareness in Education by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) summarises the current status of the role of arts and culture in the EU, looking at European policies and EU mechanisms and their effect in the Member States. It discusses the global challenges faced by arts and cultural education, the potential benefits, the EU's role and support, recent policy developments, and the European Parliament's concerns for policy in this area. Experts believe that EU could play a role in raising cultural awareness and promoting artistic expression in schools by initiating research, creating networks for the exchange of good practices and establishing reference frameworks for monitoring as well as for mapping achievements and areas in need of development.

The European Commission continues to support projects to modernize education and in 2017 has launched a public consultation on the revision of the key skills and competencies needed for the labour market of the future, with a view to updating them. The European Parliament has also undertaken work on the subject in an own-initiative report.

The brief is available at: www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2017)608807