Welcome to the 5th Annual Indian Art and Design Educators Association’s (IADEA) Conference, Feb 16th and 17th 2023.
As schools emerge from the grim restrictions imposed by the pandemic it’s time for art educators to re-evaluate old ways and open up our art rooms to new perspectives. This year our conference has a unique setting. The organizers of the Kochi biennale have kindly agreed to host our conference speaker sessions and workshops at the biennale pavillion and to give our art educators guided tours of the venues. Most importantly our participants will get to experience the artworks with peers from across the country and discuss, reflect and share their expertise.
In light of this very special venue, our theme for this year is a very important one and maybe a little provocative – “What is Art?”. We will hear from leading artists, curators and Art educators.
The Indian Art and Design Educators Association is a non-profit started in 2018 with the goal of providing learning and knowledge sharing opportunities for art educators across the country. Our members are over 350 art educators from 32 cities in India – these teachers collectively impact over 2,00,000 school children. The IADEA annual national conference is a shared platform that was held first in Mumbai at the Piramal museum and then the following year at the India International Center in Delhi. The last two years have seen a very popular virtual event.