The Arts House is Proud to Launch The Little Arts Academy
A New Arts Education Centre Dedicated to Identify and Nurture Talented Children between the ages of five and 12
Singapore, 18 November 2008 – The Arts House is proud to announce the launch of its new initiative, The Little Arts Academy (LAA).
Located at Paradiz Centre, The Little Arts Academy is a multi-disciplinary arts education centre which aims to provide training across a variety of arts disciplines including dance, drama, visual arts, music, new-media and culinary arts for young children between 5 and 12 years of age. The Academy’s varied facilities include a dance studio, practice rooms, a recording facility, and a kitchen. Both the Academy’s facilities and curriculum were planned with the intent to provide children with a holistic education which has its foundation in the arts.
The Little Arts Academy arose from a need to provide a systematic curriculum and a dedicated training space for beneficiaries of The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT-BAF) which was launched by The Arts House in 2005 to provide arts training for children with potential artistic talent who are distanced by social economic means and have neither prior nor little opportunity to realise their talent.
Says Miss Jennie Chua, Chairman of The Old Parliament House Limited which manages The Arts House: “The Arts House is proud to be able to make available more opportunities for children to be exposed to the arts and to receive arts training. We hope that through this initiative more young people will be able to discover their talents and enjoy the fulfillment which the arts give.”
Adds Mr Alvin Tay, Chairman, Board of Trustees of BT-BAF and a Board Member of The Old Parliament House Limited which manages The Arts House: "Since its inception, one of the key needs of The Business Times Budding Artists Fund has been that of a dedicated space with a systematic curriculum for the less fortunate children in our society who, because of their socio-economic circumstances, have not been able to discover and develop their artistic potential.
“Previously, many of the BT-BAF-funded training classes were conducted at The Arts House and occasionally, at other spaces outside The Arts House. This, of course, can only be a short term measure. For the Fund to provide a more effective means of training, a specific and dedicated environment has to be created, hence The Little Arts Academy. Through this academy, we can now reach out to more children and monitor their progress more closely. And through the academy's curriculum, we will be able to equip these children with a diversity of life skills that they may otherwise not have the opportunity to develop.''
The Little Arts Academy is open to all and the Business Time Budding Artists Fund scholarship available for children from needy background.
For its first year, the Academy’s core curriculum, the Discovery Programme will be focused around a series of 10-week interdisciplinary programmes in dance, music, theatre and visual arts held over one year which aims to allow a child to discover his or her innate talent as well as exposing him or her to more than just one art form. A child in a dance programme for instance would also be able to learn other disciplines for example music or new media and how the various disciplines are linked.
At the end of the programme, children should discover their natural preference and/or talent for one or more art forms as well as acquiring basic skills in more than one art form. Given the Academy’s interdisciplinary curriculum, children would also be able to gain a wider knowledge and experience of the arts. The Academy’s programmes are devised in consultation with its various trainers and partners which include well-known vocalist and teacher Babes Conde, ACPComputerTraining School, Dramatic Developments and Studio Haroobee.
Adds Miss Jennie Chua: “Children who have completed their training will be able to perform in showcases at The Arts House. We hope through such performance avenues, the talented young will be able to gain experience and confidence.”
Free workshops will be organised during the Little Arts Academy’s Open House from 21 – 23 November 2008 and all children between the ages of five and 12 are welcome to participate in these fun-filled training sessions ranging from theatre to visual arts, hip-hop and ballet to body percussion, and even get to take part in bag design competitions!
The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF)
Initiated by The Arts House and adopted by The Business Times, BT BAF aims to enable underprivileged children between the ages of four to 12 years to pursue an arts education in the development of their interests and knowledge in music, dance, drama, and visual arts. The Fund originated from a strong conviction that no child who possesses artistic potential should be deprived of the opportunity to develop his or her talents in the arts due to socio-economic circumstances. BT BAF is managed by The Old Parliament House Ltd, a not-for-profit full-service arts management company limited by guarantee. For further information, please visit www.theartshouse.com.sg/btbaf
The Arts House at the Old Parliament
Occupying the 181-year old building which was the former Parliament House and Singapore’s first Court House, The Arts House is a multidisciplinary arts centre that offers visitors a broad spectrum of activities ranging from contemporary arts & entertainment events to lifestyle and food & beverage options. Since its opening in March 2004, The Arts House has also been championing the Singapore arts & creative scene, playing consultative and developmental roles in bridging the connections between the arts and artists with various audiences including public agencies, private corporations and individual supporters of the arts as well.
With a strong intent to promote and showcase Singapore artists and their artworks locally and internationally, The Arts House has introduced numerous initiatives like The Business Times Budding Artists Fund that provides young children with opportunities to engage in, learn and showcase their artistic talents, as well as the Spotlight series which encourage artistic, business and humanitarian exchanges and exploration of new partnerships between Singapore and her counterparts in emerging / transitional markets in the world. Amongst other endeavours that The Arts House has ventured into, retail concepts like The Shop (Singapore Design) and Earshot (Singapore | Music | Books | Film) have also provided multiple platforms for Singapore artists to widen their reach and distribution networks.
The Arts House is managed by The Old Parliament House Limited, a not-for-profit full-service arts management company limited by guarantee. For further information, please visit www.theartshouse.com.sg
For MEDIA queries, please contact:
See Ling Ling
Asst Director, Arts & Communications
The Arts House (Managed by The Old Parliament House Limited)
1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore179429
Tel: +65 6332 6903
Executive, Arts & Communications
The Arts House (Managed by The Old Parliament House Limited)
1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
Tel: +65 6332 6915