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Session One: Transmission Through Art

Chairperson: Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan


Stories on the Wall: Video Presentation about a Heritage Education Programme (PDF, 108KB)

Ms. Janet Pillai, University of Science in Malaysia

Ms Janet Pillai presented a film about the Heritage Education projects conducted in Penang. The film showed students taking part in a heritage education project: learning about the motifs on reliefs in a traditional-style clan house. This project illustrated that learning through art enabled the students to learn about a range of subjects, including: history, culture, philosophy and ethics, and led to the students having a greater sense of self and identity, and ultimately to better community cohesion.

Learning Through Dance Uniquely Empowers, Sutures and Heals the Body and the Mind (PDF, 116KB)

Mrs. Shanta Serbjeet Singh, Chairperson of the Asia Pacific Performing Arts Network (APPAN), India

Mrs Shanta Serbjeet Singh gave a presentation about the healing power of dance and the scientifically proven connections between mind and body: that the health of body leads to health and learning in mind. Ms Singh emphasized that the healing power of dance is transmitted to the mind and that dancers, through using both the physical and neurological parts of the body, can improve their academic skills significantly.

Design for Learning Through the Arts

Dr. Prabha Sahasrabudhe (USA)

Dr Prabha Sahasrabudhe presented his paper on Design for Learning Through the Arts, an issues paper which discussed the overall goal of mainstreaming art education into school curricula. Dr Sahasrabudhe discussed the history of the study of art and cognition, and the clear need for learning of artistic skills in order to improve intelligence and cognitive processing abilities. Dr Sahasrabudhe emphasized that the arts are important for what they are and have the capacity to make the world meaningful. In addition, Dr Sahasrabudhe stressed that the arts need to be understood as a distinct way of knowing and the arts enable people to be inventive.

L'Art pour l’Espoir - a Community Arts Challenge

Ms. Lindy Joubert, University of Melbourne, Australia

Ms Lindy Joubert discussed a project that she had coordinated, entitled “L’Art pour L’Espoir”, which operated in Paris from 2000 to 2003. The project was aimed at adults and children who were classified refugees in Paris, and aimed to use the arts as a means of improving their lives, not only as a source of enjoyable activities, but as a catalyst for learning new skills, vocational training and psycho-social development. Ms Joubert also drew attention to the lack of data to prove the effectiveness of the arts as a medium for developing alternative forms of intelligence, promoting active learning and integrating traditional skills and culture into the educational curriculum. Ms Joubert pointed out that this paucity of data means that policy makers and curriculum developers are not willing to change curricula to incorporate the arts and we therefore need to focus on gathering and disseminating data in this field.

Identifying Creative Potential of Children from the Very Beginning

Dr. Madhu Pant (India)