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ETHIOPIAN ART EDUCATION: 21ST CENTURY ART AND SKILL LEARNING; A REQUIREMENT AND RESPONSIBILITY OF ARTISTS, ART EDUCATORS AND ART INSTITUTES [Abstract ID: 0201-05]
Art Education and the development of the art curriculum to include academic responsibilities in Ethiopia are factors of great importance in a changing society. It is well known that there is a close relationship between art and societal development. Everywhere in the world, art both reflects and influences the culture and politics of societies. Sometimes art adapts to changes in society, sometimes it brings innovation and change and or revives the past. Art can play a role in fulfilling social needs, but more importantly art is vital to developing balance and creativity in young minds, openness and capacity for innovation, as well as team spirit and respect for others. Art can bring people together, can contribute to the economy and to cultural awareness. It provides references as well as positive impact. In education, the art curriculum should make students sensitive to the visual world, should develop skills and knowledge both in potential future artists, and in young people who will apply their sensitivity to the arts to improving their world and innovating for development. Today in Ethiopia new programs in the visual arts are widespread and recognized, and recent graduates coming to teach. As a result, there are more opportunities for art in the Ethiopian academic world. Institutions, universities, and their teachers therefore need to work together to create a clear vision of the direction of art development in relation to the rest of the continent and the world. With its rich legacy of tradition and culture, Ethiopian heritage has much to offer the arts. In the conference presentation, we will report on interviews with new students and fresh graduates on their vision of the future of art education and art in Ethiopia. Good quality education is achieved when there is good communication, teamwork and a vision for training teachers of the arts and artists.