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Leisure and Cultural Services promotes arts in schools


More students are being encouraged to visit performing arts venues, museums and libraries under the School Culture Day (SCD) Scheme.

The scheme, which operates during school hours, is a joint effort between participating schools and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Details of the 2003/04 School Culture Day and the 2003/04 School Arts Animateur (SAA) Schemes, organised by the department with support from the Education and Manpower Bureau were announced at a press conference today (May 7).

Present at the press conference were Francis Fong, Senior Curriculum Development Officer (Arts Education), Education and Manpower Bureau and Esmond Chan, Acting Senior Manager (Audience Building), Cultural Presentations Section of the department.

Mr Chan said it was hoped that through the SCD Scheme, students would cultivate a creative mind and regard arts, history and science as an integral part of everyday life."

"We hope that ultimately each student will be able to participate at least once in these cultural activities during the school year," he said.

Over 270,000 students from 484 schools have participated in more than 3,200 activities including the performing arts, museum visits and library events since the implementation of the SCD scheme in 2001.

Mr Chan also released details of the SAA scheme which was jointly organised by the department and professional performing arts groups with proven experience in arts education to promote an appreciation of performing arts among students and stimulate their creativity. Activities include workshops, demonstrations, performances and exhibitions.

The SAA scheme, which offers more in-depth arts training, has been carried out over the past decade. Last year more than 2,300 students from 84 schools participated in various arts workshops and the number of students attending demonstrations exceeded 23,000. "We also hope that schools and performing arts groups will share their experience and opinions with us to enhance the quality of the schemes," Chan said.

Projects and arts groups in this year's SAA scheme include the School Modern Dance Animateur Scheme (City Contemporary Dance Company), the Multi-media Dance Education Project (Hong Kong Ballet), the School Musical Animateur Scheme (the International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong)), Through the Eyes of Aileen Chang: Multi-media Theatre in Education Scheme (Zuni Icosahedron), School Drama Animateur Scheme: That's Drama-in-School for YOU II (the Prospects Theatre) and Learning through Drama Activities: Drama-in-Teaching Scheme (The Exploration Theatre).

For details of the schemes and to download application forms, please visit the department's homepage Application forms can also be obtained from the Audience Building Office, Cultural Presentations Section of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department at the Podium, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. The completed form should reach the above address not later than 5.30pm on June 6 (Friday) by mail, in person or by fax at 2370 8295. Please quote "School Culture Day Scheme" or "School Arts Animateur Scheme" on the envelope.

For enquiries, please call 2268 7268.

End/Wednesday, May 7, 2003

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