Gene Segarra Navera (auth.), Chee-Hoo Lum (eds.)'s Contextualized Practices in Arts Education: An International PDF

By Gene Segarra Navera (auth.), Chee-Hoo Lum (eds.)

This edited booklet not just makes a much-needed contribution to analyze in arts schooling but additionally offers a robust grounding of evidential help for Singapore arts schooling, unlike the present scenario in arts schooling in lots of elements of the area the place critical cuts in investment, lackluster aid for the humanities and imperialist agendas are pervasive. The case of and for Singapore – offered during this edited publication via wealthy descriptions of the devoted, contextualized practices of arts educators, artists and researchers – deals readers many useful classes and reflections at the endured survival and development of arts education.

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Unlike the previous initiatives, the ACSR, according to its report, is driven by the private sector, the community, and the arts and culture sector (p. 13). In a way, the ACSR report re-articulates earlier reports on the relationship of the arts and culture and the state of the national economy: affluence and trade brings about economic opportunity which attracts immigrants or foreign talents the world over (p. ) and this would necessarily lead to creativity and innovation, making Singapore a “city of culture and arts patrons and consumers” (p.

TNS, explains its artistic director Alvin Tan, engages in a theatre practice that is research-based, interdisciplinary, and dialogical by focusing on indigenous and socially engaged productions. As if enacting Kuo’s notion of Singaporeans being “natural heirs to all cultures of the world” (Wee, p. 128), TNS draws on artistic, cultural, and financial resources from the regional and international levels “to invent new devices to communicate or transmit sensitive issues and taboo subjects” (Tan 2007a, p.

What may perhaps be regarded as a symbol of the Singapore artists’ struggle to ‘rethink the island’s multi-ethnic past’ is the founding and establishment of The Substation, considered as home for the arts, in 1990. Playwright Kuo Pao Kun, Cultural Medallion winner and artistic director of the Practice Performing Arts Centre Limited (PPACL) submitted a proposal in 1985 to transform the 60-year old Public Utilities Board electric substation at Armenian Street into an arts centre. It was in 1990—5 years later—that Kuo’s proposal finally got the approval of the Singapore government.

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