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A view of literacy through the arts

This edition of More than words can say celebrates the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the National Advocates for Arts Education (formerly the National Affiliation of Arts Educators) in 1989.

We are honoured that Professor Robyn Ewing AM has agreed to write the Foreword for this edition. Robyn is recognised as one of Australia’s most distinguished arts educators, researchers and advocates.

Each art form chapter has been completely updated by the original authors and by current members of the NAAE.

We include the late Joan Livermore’s original Preface (1998) and her paper ‘A view of Literacy through the Arts’ to provide context for NAAE’s decision to publish this collection of papers. Joan was Chair of NAAE from 1991 to 1998, and was a driving force behind the establishment of the Centre for Arts Education at the University of Canberra, which briefly had federal government funding through the then Department of Education & Youth Affairs.

Another distinguished NAAE Chair, Robin Pascoe (1999–2002) had provided the Afterword for the 2003 edition, and this is also reproduced as a valuable contribution to this edition. Robin has also revised the Drama chapter.

As the current chair of NAAE, it gives me great pleasure to oversee this third edition as editor, and its launch during UNESCO’s International Arts Education Week in May 2019, along with the new NAAE website, its first in 30 years. For a brief history of NAAE, see page 110.

Julie Dyson AM
Chair of NAAE & editor, More than words can say 2019

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