Under the auspices of Bloomberg and with support of the Education Bureau, Sham Shui Po District Council, Sham Shui Po District Office of the Home Affairs Department, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Social Welfare Department, Sham Shui Po School Liaison Committee, JCCAC and etc , Performing Arts Education Centre from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts holds the first “Performing Arts Marathon @ Sham Shui Po”, a community arts project. It takes primary and secondary school students as the target, holding activities on performing arts education, enriching their knowledge on arts as well as stimulating their thinking. More than that, we also offer opportunities for participating students, teachers, and parents to appreciate arts, broadening their horizons. Additionally, the project serves to remove the demand for arts literacy, so that, from individual to community, everyone from the neighbourhood may approach arts. This unreserved openness to the average citizens contributes to the harmony of the community as a whole and improves its quality of living.
This project is highly regarded by schools and community. Acknowledged by the UNESCO for Research in Local Cultures and Creativity in Education as a “Star Projects/Programs(SPP)” and receiving the 2012 Hong Kong Development Silver Award for Arts Education (Non-School Division) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council , it has proven its effectiveness and positive impact to the community.
The Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2012 Presentation Ceremony
(From left) Mr Indy Lee, Coordinator (Learning and Participation) of the Performing Arts Education Centre; Prof Lena Lee, Head of Arts, Event and Stage Management of School of Theatre and Entertainment Arts; Mr William Leung, Academy Council Chairman and Ms Anna Chan, Head of Performing Arts Education Centre
In 2013, Performing Arts Education Centre from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts once again receives sponsorship from Bloomberg to hold the second “Performing Arts Marathon @ Sham Shui Po”. It highlights that performing arts be fused with the social and cultural context, consolidate the sense of community, and improve as well as invigorate the local cultural life. Choosing “The Butterfly Lovers” as the theme for this year’s project, workshops and performances will be conducted in schools and community organizations, inspiring and encouraging students and citizens to explore issues related to this story in artistic and lively ways.
“Performing Arts Marathon” 2011/12 website: www.hkapa.edu/pamarathon