Arts Education in Contexts of High Diversity or Intercultural Education Through the Arts: Measuring Overlaps and Exploring the Gaps

  • Nevelina PachovaEmail author
  • Gemma Carbó
Part of the Yearbook of the European Network of Observatories in the Field of Arts and Cultural Education (ENO) book series (ENOS)


The study explores the potential of arts education to contribute to the development of intercultural competencies and the challenges and possibilities for harnessing its potential. It does so based on an analysis of the impacts of a 2-year-long arts education project implemented in schools characterized by high levels of cultural diversity in Catalonia, Spain, and a focus group discussion with the participating teachers and artists. The results suggest that arts education can contribute to enhancing cultural awareness and knowledge, improving relations among classmates, raising awareness of cultural expression as a human right and enhancing perceptions of schools as places for expression of one’s own culture. However, impacts are not automatic and arguably differ by discipline. More targeted evaluation frameworks that capture a broader range of intercultural competencies would contribute to generating better understanding on the topic. At the same time, increased opportunities for specialized training for both artists and educators could contribute to better harness the potential of arts education to contribute to the development of intercultural capacities among students from diverse cultural backgrounds.


Arts education Cultural diversity Intercultural education Music Dance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policies and CooperationUniversity of GironaGironaSpain

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