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Arts Education in Singapore and Hong Kong - a Cultural Management Perspective

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Cultural Management goes beyond the technical studies in management. It is an act of cultural mediation that touches on issues such as professional ethics, cultural rights, cultural identity, and the social, political interferences in cultural representation. In the last two decades, Arts Education is gaining prominence in both Singapore and Hong Kong. Cultural policies of these two global cities have continually stressed on the importance of arts education in instilling creativity, confidence, cultural awareness, and social cohesion. Arts Education is also deemed as an important process for building future arts audience. This sharing will explore the current state of Arts Education in these two cities, from the perspective of Cultural Management.

Benny Lim is currently an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the M.A. in Cultural Management programme at the Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prior to his current appointment, he has taught in several institutions of higher education in Singapore as well as in Malaysia, where he founded KDU University College’s School of Communication and Creative Arts. Since 2001, Benny has produced and managed over seventy arts events, including drama productions and arts festivals. Between 2005 and 2009, he initiated a series of drama education programmes in Singapore, reaching out to over 200,000 Primary and Secondary schools’ students.

This talk is part of the Arts and Creativities Research Group series.

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