At the ongoing Asia Cultural Co- operation Forum
(ACCF) 2007, speakers from all over the world joined the World Creativity Summit
session which closed here Wednesday sharing their views on arts education.
The Summit was themed "Arts Education: from pedagogy to sustainable futures."
Director of Audience Development of the National Arts Council of Singapore Chua
Ai Liang said that arts play an important role in enriching the lives of
Singaporeans as it can evoke greater sense of fulfillment and open doors to new
With globalization and today's knowledge-based societies, creativity is a
powerful resource for innovations but its potential has yet to be tapped to its
fullest, Chua said, adding that the arts are recognized for its value in
inspiring creativity. It can be harnessed by the public and business sectors for
spawning creative communities, creating new values and generating ideas with new
She said that the arts also have a special role to play in
community-building, promoting intercultural understanding especially in
ethnically-divers Singapore. It is an effective means to express shared values
and promote the nation's identity.
The National Arts Council of Singapore has got a mission to make arts an
integral part of lives of Singaporeans. It is important to advocate and
demonstrate the importance of arts participation and further strengthen creative
partnerships to bring arts and creativity to the center of everyone's lives, she
Professor of the Shanghai Theater Academy of China Sun Huizhu dealt with the
topic of teaching for creativity in his speech, saying that in most Chinese
schools the traditional pedagogical model is centered in monologue, that is, the
teacher lectures and students listen and they try their best to memorize so they
can take exams well, and the greatest problem is lack of creativity and original
According to Sun, the essence of theater is dialog which can be used to
transform the Chinese education system. He suggested to turn pastime retreat and
holiday celebrations into theater games and forum theater and gradually make
theater part of their lifelong education.
Cheung Ping Kuen, head of Liberal Arts Studies of the Hong Kong Academy of
Performing Arts, agreed that drama education can help open up people's mind.
People in modern days are always terribly busy and, on the other hand, have
some feelings of loneliness, frustration, weariness and even impotence, which
might have been spread around the young generation to a certain extent. While
traditional formal education seems incapable to help this situation, said
He said that drama education allows people to share and communicate with
others peacefully and to enjoy life and that this is the best way to gestate
creativity. This explained why drama and all sorts of drama education are so
Chair of the Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture Ada Wong said in her
speech that, in Hong Kong, different circles in the society are doing something
for the next generation by establishing some programs for them. She said that
the more creative and inspiring the process of arts education, the more likely
the program would be a success.
Wong gave the example of Hong Kong's Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity.
Founded in 2006, it allows young people to take a proactive role in their
studying program's process design and charting their own paths.
The ACCF was initiated by the Hong Kong Home Affairs Bureau in 2003 to foster
regional cultural co-operation, share good practices and promote culture the
arts and creative industries.
This year's forum was themed Culture Coming Home, which was held from July 22