UC Santa Cruz professor of music Hi Kyung Kim will be one of five keynote speakers at the second UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education-the largest global event in the field.

The conference, which takes place in Seoul, South Korea, on May 25-28, will feature nearly 2,000 participants from 193 nations.

Experts from around the world will come together to draw attention to the significant role of arts education within and outside of the school environment, and to promote the importance of arts education to the international community.

The inaugural world conference on arts education was held in Lisbon in 2006.

The theme of the 2010 event is "Arts for Society, Education for Creativity."

Kim said that in her keynote address, she will share experiences from her work on many projects for the UCSC Music Department--including last month's weeklong Pacific Rim Music Festival, of which she served as artistic director.

"The title of my talk will be 'Cultural Dialogue in Music: From the Personal to the Collaborative,'" Kim noted. "There will also be a performance of one of my own compositions immediately after the talk."