The National Arts Council (NAC) believes that the arts should be an integral part of all Singaporeans' lives, and exposure at a young age supports a child's holistic development, fosters an appreciation of other cultures, and seeds the development of future arts professionals and audiences. As such NAC is committed to helping all students have access to quality arts education for expression, learning and reflection.
THE NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL - ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAMMES
The National Arts Council-Arts Education Programme (NAC-AEP) aims to provide all students with access to quality arts education programmes.
Every year, the NAC-AEP makes available 1,500 arts programmes by close to 300 artists and arts groups. Schools can utilise the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise purchases of any programmes endorsed under the NAC-AEP.
Programmes could take the form of an assembly show performance, or a hands-on arts workshop or an outing to an arts venue, such as an artist's studio.
There are also ad-hoc ticketed public performances or exhibitions by professional artists and arts groups endorsed under NAC-AEP as Public Arts Programmes which are also eligible for the Tote Board Arts Grant.
*NEW* From 2020, NAC has supported artists and arts groups to develop digital/blended formats for their art education programme offerings and these programmes can be found on the NAC-AEP Digital Programme Directory.
For more details on NAC-AEP related applications, such as how NAC-AEP workshops can be customised, please visit here.
WORDS GO ROUND
WORDS GO ROUND brings writers into schools to meet and interact with students and teachers!
Encompassing enriching talks and workshops by Singaporean and overseas writers, WORDS GO ROUND is a great opportunity for students and teachers to delve into the world of literature outside of the school curriculum.
With programmes for pre-primary to Junior College students and teachers, WORDS GO ROUND is an event not to be missed!
Visit here for more information.
The Artist-in-School Scheme (AISS) supports sustained partnerships between Singapore arts professionals^ and schools, to co-develop customised arts experiences that deepen students' engagement in and through the arts.
The scheme enables schools to co-design a range of meaningful arts experiences that focus on working with arts professionals^ to achieve any of the following objectives:
- Deepen students’ understanding and appreciation of various art forms
- Develop students’ awareness, skills and understanding of the non-performative aspects of the arts (e.g. choreography, lighting & sound design, arts criticism, etc.)
- Support broader educational outcomes by using the arts as a tool / methodology (e.g. addressing the needs of at-risk children and youth through the arts; teaching character and citizenship education though the arts, etc.)
*NEW* From 2021, digital and blended mdes of learning will be supported through the AISS. Schools may also opt to include a teacher-training component.
For more information, please visit here.
^ Arts professionals refer to artists (e.g. musicians, dancers, writers, sculptors, etc.) and other professionals (e.g. art critics, light/sound designers , etc.) with a practice in the arts industry.
PRE-SCHOOL ARTS INITIATIVES
In partnership with the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) and MOE, NAC has developed an Arts Education Programme (AEP) database for the pre-school sector. This database is curated by representatives from the arts and early childhood education sectors.
NAC has also partnered with ECDA to introduce the Artist-in-School Scheme (AISS) for pre-schools. The pilot Pre-School AISS enables children to gain access to quality arts programmes conducted by professional arts instructors over a sustained period, and seeks to nurture positive attitudes towards learning in and through the arts.
For more information, please visit here.
MAS (STUDENTS) SCHEME
Under the MAS (Students) scheme, formerly known as the Cultural Medallion Speaker Series in Schools, students receive opportunities to learn from and interact with Cultural Medallion (CM) and Young Artist Award (YAA) recipients.
Since 2012, more than 1,000 students across 13 schools have benefitted from an interaction with a CM or YAA recipient. For more information on CMYAA, please access the following links:
Image: Cultural Medallion (2018) recipient Ms Low Mei Yoke sharing at an MAS (Teachers) online workshop in 2020. Main photograph taken by Bernie Ng.