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Session Four: New Initiatives and New Ideas in Learning Through the Arts

Chairperson: Professor Krishna Kumar and Mr. Shakti Maira


NGO Activities in School Reform in Lahore

Ms. Sajida Vandal, Principal, National College of the Arts, Pakistan

Ms Sajida Vandal gave a presentation about art-in-education activities undertaken in the walled city of Lahore. Ms Vandal described a particular project which aimed at education and literacy.

Exploring Alternatives in Arts Education

Smt. Vibha Parthasarathi (India)

Kala Kutir: A Learning Centre in an Urban Slum

Mrs. Ranjana Ray, from the Dr. A. V. Baliga Memorial Trust, India

Mrs Ranjana Ray described “Kala Kutir” – a learning centre in an urban slum which uses various types of art in education, with the goal of increasing literacy levels.

Festivals as Arts Education

Ms. Vibha Parthasarathi (India)

Ms. Vibha Parthasarathi, the former principal of Sardar Patel Vidyalaya school, described a number of successful projects, including a puppetry festival, which aimed to make art and culture meaningful in terms of their experience. The puppetry festival was particularly effective in enabling students to engage in a variety of forms of art and learn about history, tradition and culture. The festival also brought the community together and reinforced cultural continuity.

Heritage and Conservation: Experience of Working with Six Schools in Jaipur

Mr. Faizal Alkazi (India)

Mr. Feisal Alkazi, the Director of Creative Learning for Change, gave a presentation describing the experiences of his organization’s experiences in heritage and conservation education in Jaipur.

Arts in Education - Holistic Approach

Ms. Adeline Kwok, National Arts Council of Singapore

Ms Adeline Kwok described a recent initiative by the Singapore government: the National Arts Education Award, which recognizes schools that embrace the arts, and give a holistic education to students.

The New Necessity: Design

Ms. Chaira Nath, Industrial Designer, India

Ms Chaira Nath gave a presentation about the necessity of design and showed a number of short films which gave an insight into the need to place art and design at the centre of education. Ms Nath pointed out that art is where history, philosophy, sociology, science and mathematics meet – therefore is indispensable in any educational system.

Heritage Education: A Beginning

Dr. Shobita Punja, INTACH, New Delhi, India

Dr Shobita Punja discussed various INTACH heritage education projects, and described how they have successfully used the arts to teach about heritage. Dr Punja noted that art education transforms students and offers them an opportunity to create.
Relationship of Contemporary Art Practice with Education

Mr. Keshav Malik, Artist, India 

Mr Keshav Malik gave a presentation showing the relationship of contemporary art practice with education, which highlighted the need to bring artists from the real world into schools.