Networking Through Community Engagement Project A case study: sm ARTS Journey Anna CY Chan Head of Performing Arts Education Centre, HKAPA Vice President (East Asia) World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific
HKAPA aims to develop local and international networks and to raise public awareness of performing arts as a profession, in refuting the belief that arts education is not valued in our society and arts learning are mainly a pastime. It will also ensure policy-makers and law-makers are well informed about the current issues, priorities and problems facing HKAPA so that their decisions concerning art and cultural development will take into account .
Connect with sponsors and other arts organizations
By connecting with private and commercial sector, sponsors and other arts organizations, it will position HKAPA as a leading voice on arts and cultural developments of Hong Kong. It will also promote effective communications with the community through careful public relations and marketing strategies so as to secure public understanding and support of HKAPA’s mission and vision and critical developments in terms of community activities and social inclusion.
HKAPA will encourage more Hong Kong people, in particular the younger generation, to appreciate and participate in the arts and to enrich their lives with a greater emphasis on culture. The participation of young people in arts activities can motivate families to participate in cultural and arts activities. HKAPA will also proactively engage in policy discussions and implementations on Hong Kong education, especially when concerning arts education and related curriculum changes.
By devising and coordinating more activities programmes throughout HKAPA and beyond its walls, HKAPA also encourages and facilitates the participation of staffs and students in the cultural life of the community. It is also an opportunity for the students of the HKAPA to be given practical, solid foundation in performing arts education.
Responded to the current change in Hong Kong education system and the concerns of in-sufficient future audience to appreciate the arts and cultural activities in the future West Kowloon Cultural District venues
The project worked closely with HKAPA five schools, departments, teaching faculties and students in devising a series of interactive and dynamic activities.
The project received financial support from a local sponsor.
The project stressed and aimed to develop students’ creativity, aesthetic sensitivity, arts appraising ability, communication skill, critical thinking skill, collaboration skill as well as cultivates students’ life-long interest in the arts.
T he pilot year comprise d a series of 23 interactive performing arts programmes including demonstrations , workshops , performances and school touring over a period of 7 months across Chinese traditional theatre, dance, drama, music, theatre and entertainment arts, and film and TV media arts .
Attracted over 4,000 students from 140 schools .
Engaged over 700 HKAPA faculties and students and 40 alumni.