List of MOU Partners
LASALLE-NAC Partnership – Cultural Leaders’ Lab
The Cultural Leaders’ Lab, designed and directed by Professor Ruth Bereson, Former Dean, Faculty for the Creative Industries, LASALLE College of the Arts (Sep 2012 – Aug 2015), is a first-of-its-kind initiative for experienced arts managers and practitioners in Singapore to broaden their intellectual and professional horizons. The Lab is open to recipients of the National Arts Council (NAC) Cultural Fellowship, created in order to develop outstanding, committed individuals with over 10 years’ experience in the arts who have the potential to contribute as leaders in Singapore’s arts and cultural sector.
The three-semester Lab incudes a series of activities – conversations with thought leaders, seminars with renowned arts and cultural facilitators and international field trips to Canada, the USA and Hong Kong. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with broad, far-reaching questions about the arts, their significance and their place in society and to undertake research projects.
The 2013/14 Fellows are Audrey Wong, Programme Leader, MA Arts and Cultural Management, LASALLE College of the Arts; Goh Su Lin, General Manager of the Intercultural Theatre Institute; Kok Heng Leun, Artistic Director of Drama Box; Natalie Hennedige, Artistic Director of Cake Theatrical Productions; Noor Effendy Ibrahim, Artistic Director of The Substation; and Quek Ling Kiong, Resident Conductor, Singapore Chinese Orchestra.
MOE-NAC Dance Programmes for Schools
The School of Dance worked with the Ministry of Education and National Arts Council of Singapore to develop and manage a new Dance Talent Development Programme for Secondary 3 students. The programme aims to cultivate a life-long passion for dance and to provide students with access to quality training by professional dance companies and established local practitioners. The pioneer batch of 200 students took part in workshops held over three days at LASALLE in June, where they learned about diverse dance forms and what a dance career involves. Of these, 38 students were selected for a three-month attachment with a professional dance company of their choice, spending thirty hours in intensive training. In the final phase of the programme, these students came together at LASALLE to consolidate their learning and devise their own dance pieces, culminating in a graduation recital in March 2014.
By 2016, about 800 students are expected to have gone through the programme. “Being part of the inaugural Dance Talent Development Programme was a gratifying experience for me,” said Nikki Chee, a first year Diploma in Dance student. “I mentored secondary school students who took part in the programme and served as Assistant Stage Manager for their hour-long graduation recital. As a dance undergraduate, I was happy to learn about the behind-the-scenes work for a dance performance in a theatre. Working with different people, from the students to professional dancers, was an enriching personal experience for me.”