83 Singapore schools recognised for arts education efforts
National Arts Education Awards Ceremony
Thursday, 23 February 2012, 3pm, Goodman Arts Centre
Guest of Honour: Dr Yaccob Ibrahim, Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts
Singapore, 23 February 2012 - The National Arts Council (NAC) will recognise 83 schools at the National Arts Education (NAE) Award 2011/2012 Ceremony. This is the largest number of awards given out to recognise schools for their efforts in developing a holistic approach for arts education to-date. 36 new schools are participating and receiving an award for the first time.
2 A new funding scheme for schools was introduced this year. Under this new scheme, 10 NAE Award schools will be given a grant of up to $20,000 each, to implement arts development projects in their schools for 2 years. A total of $200,000 will be disbursed through these grants this year, a ten-fold increase from the cash prizes given out in previous years.
3 This year, the NAE Award has been restructured into 3 new award categories – Spark, Glow and Blaze, to recognise schools at different stages of their arts education journey. These changes were a result of feedback from a review session conducted with MOE and past NAE participants in 2010. The new NAE framework moves away from a system of merit and competition, to recognise schools at different arts developmental stages. Through a revised self-scoring system, the new NAE framework encourages schools to develop the arts and build a conducive environment to support arts education at their own pace.
4 Says Director of Arts and Community, Ms Chua Ai Liang, “The NAE Award demonstrates our commitment towards arts education in Singapore schools. The new NAE structure encourages active engagement among students, which hopefully spurs an increase in participation as well. In tandem with this new structure, NAC strives to support schools in their continuous development, by actively providing feedback from the assessors, training for teachers, assistance in the development of their plans, and more platforms for sharing and learning. Through these efforts, we hope more schools will come on board, and join us in making the arts an integral part of every student’s life.”
5 The NAE Framework is jointly developed by NAC and the Ministry of Education (MOE). Currently into its 8th award cycle, this year will see 52 schools receiving the Spark award, 24 schools the Glow award, and 7 schools the Blaze award.
Annex A- Factsheet about NAC Awards
Annex B- Interview Profiles
Annex C- List of the Winning Schools
 Previously, cash prizes were awarded to schools, based on merit, i.e. $10,000 for Gold, $3,000 for Silver and $1,000 for Bronze.