DEAR FUTURE, Museum Learning in the Digital Age

18 - 19 Jul, 2019
Singapore Botanic Gardens - Botany Centre 1 Cluny Road, Tanglin Gate

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PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

DAY 1: Symposium 

8:30    

Registration

9:00

Welcome & Introduction by Emcee

9:15

Opening Remarks
Mr. Kenneth Kwok
Assistant Chief Executive, National Arts Council, Singapore

9:30

Keynote Address 
Mr. Vincent Poussou
Director of Audiences and Digital, Grand Palais

10:30

Tea Reception

11:00

Panel 1: Understanding the 22nd-Century Audience

Ms. Lorraine Tan 
Senior Manager, Learning & Development
School of Humanities & Social Sciences
Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Mr. Terry Deen
Head, Learning
Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

Ms. Luanne Poh
Director
The Artground - A Curious Place To Be

Mr. Lim Ee Tuo
Director, Admin-Operations
St. James’ Church Kindergarten

 

12:30

In Response: A Conversation With Our Future
Mr. Clifford Chua 
Academy Principal
Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts (STAR)
Ministry of Education

13:00

Lunch

14:00

Panel 2: To Tech Or Not To Tech

Ms. Suenne Megan Tan 
Director, Audience Development & Engagement
National Gallery Singapore (NGS)

Ms. Nina Ernst 
Associate Director, Programmes
ArtScience Museum

Mr. Jervais Choo
Deputy Director, Organisational Design and Innovation
National Museum of Singapore

Mr. Abhilash Murthy
Founder, Bus Uncle Company

Ms. Carol Loi
SG Village

Mr. Olivier Bos
Chief Inspiration Officer
MeshMinds

15:30

Tea Reception

16:00

Panel 3: Alternative Learning Spaces

Ms. Seow Ai Wee
Deputy Director, Art
Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts (STAR)
Ministry of Education

Ms. Ye Shufang
Deputy Director, Education
National Gallery Singapore

Mr. Saravanan S/O Sadanandom
General Manager

Indian Heritage Centre

Ms. Michelle Kuek
Manager, Outreach
NUS Museum

Ms. Dee Chia
Head, Education and Programmes
Singapore Art Museum (SAM)

 

17:00

Special Guest 
Mr. Cai Yinzhou
Geylang Adventures

17:20

Closing Remarks
Dr June Yap
Director, Curatorial, Programmes & Publications
Singapore Art Museum (SAM)

17:30

End of Symposium


DAY 2: Workshops 

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DAY 1: Symposium 


Opening Remarks

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Kenneth is Assistant Chief Executive, Planning and Development, at the National Arts Council, overseeing the council’s strategic planning, international relations, research, capability development and arts education policies and programmes. He was formerly a classroom teacher, vice principal and Assistant Director, Curriculum Policy with the Ministry of Education, receiving the national Outstanding Youth in Education award for young teachers in 2002, and the Prize for Leadership Learning in 2010. Kenneth holds an Ed.M. in Arts in Education, and has served as an adjunct lecturer in Educational Drama with the National Institute of Education.
Mr. Kenneth Kwok
Assistant Chief Executive
National Arts Council, Singapore


Keynote Speaker

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As Head of audiences and communication, Vincent Poussou participated from 1992 to 2004 in the creation of  Parc de la Villette, new urban cultural Park in Paris. In 2005, he was appointed Head of education and audiences of the Pompidou Center tasked with increasing the diversity of visitors. In 2012 he created the new department of audiences and digital at the Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand palais.

He has worked in particular on the conception of educational  workshops and gardens in la Villette; extending the Centre Pompidou audiences to young visitors specifically teenagers; on the  the development of the Mobile Pompidou project ; and on innovative mediation and digital exhibitions projects at the Grand palais. His focus is a global approach to combine education, marketing and programing in the digital era in, in order to extend and diversify the audiences of museums and hybrid cultural institutions.

Mr. Vincent Poussou
Director of Audiences and Digital    
Grand Palais 
  


 

Panel 1: Understanding the 22nd-Century Audience

What are the needs of the children and youth of tomorrow? What are their priorities and passions? Why, what, and how do museums prepare for the needs and demands of the 22nd-century audience? In this panel, speakers will explore implications for museums, on issues ranging from interdisciplinary learning, social-emotional development to mental health.

 

Speakers: 


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Lorraine is the Senior Manager for Learning & Development, and Lecturer with the School of Humanities & Social Sciences, at Ngee Ann Polytechnic.
As an author and illustrator for children’s books, Lorraine enjoys the creative process which she uses in the modules she teaches, including arts management and design. Her book Karung Guni Boy has been brought to life at the National Gallery Singapore’s Children’s Biennale 2019.
In 2017, she garnered the inaugural School Heritage Champion Award (conferred by the National Heritage Board) for the polytechnic in her collaborative projects with the Malay Heritage Centre. She also received the Platinum Academic Award (Development) in 2016 for her role in integrating the second year curriculum for the Arts Business Management Diploma into the annual Verve Arts Festival
Ms. Lorraine Tan   
Senior Manager, Learning & Development   
School of Humanities & Social Sciences  

Ngee Ann Polytechnic  

 
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Terry Deen is the Head of Learning at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. QAGOMA Learning launched in October 2015, with a view towards opening a Learning Centre based at the Queensland Art Gallery.
Terry's work in arts learning is informed by ten years' experience as a secondary art and design teacher. He is engaged in Queensland’s design education community as the 2014 Queensland-Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Design Education Fellow.
Terry’s current role involves engagement across a broad array of communities, disciplines and practices including digital learning, arts learning, cultural learning, regional arts, accessibility and arts advocacy.
Mr. Terry Deen
Head, Learning
Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

 
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Luanne has been involved with playmaking and producing works for young people since 1999. She is interested in creating platforms that designs thoughtful experiences for young audiences through the arts and is currently spearheading “The Artground – A curious place to be”, a dedicated arts centre for children in Singapore, developed in collaboration with the National Arts Council (Singapore). Inspired by the poem, 100 Languages of Children by Loris Malaguzzi, The Artground with its indoor and outdoor play spaces hopes to encourage curiosity, in adults and children, through play.  
Ms. Luanne Poh
Director
The Artground - A Curious Place To Be

 
 
 
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Ee Tuo is the Director for Operations at St. James’ Church Kindergartens and the Little Seed Preschools.  He has played various roles in the early childhood sectors for the past decade. As a deputy director in the Early Childhood Development Agency, he started the Start Small Dream Big President’s Challenge Project to encourage children to give back to the community.  He is also a strong advocate for innovation especially in the use of technology in the classroom. He doodles - both during his free time and work hours. He likes to tell the story behind his Chinese name which connects him to the past and to the future at the same time..    

Mr. Lim Ee Tuo
Director, Admin-Operations
St. James’ Church Kindergarten   
   


In Response: A Conversation with Our Future

Insights from the trenches! Do our youth love or hate museums? Listen to first-hand accounts of what intrigues or inspires them. 


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Mr. Clifford Chua is the current Academy Principal of the Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts (STAR). Prior to this posting, he headed Palm View Primary School as its pioneer Principal after serving a stint of 6 years as Principal of Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School. A recipient of the Colombo Plan Scholarship, Clifford graduated with a Fine Arts Degree with honours in Printmaking and Art History from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand and was posted to Victoria School to helm the Art Elective Programme. He spent 6 years in the school and later pursued his master degree in Curriculum and Teacher Education at Stanford University. After graduation, he spent about 5 years as Curriculum Planning officer in the Curriculum Planning and Development Division, MOE and was part of the team of educators who helped raise the profile of Arts Education in our schools. He served as Vice Principal at Radin Mas Primary School for about a year before his posting to Kuo Chuan Presbyterian. Clifford was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 2011 for his service to education.

Mr. Clifford Chua
Academy Principal
Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts (STAR)
Ministry of Education


 

Panel 2: To Tech or Not to Tech

Audiences today have immediate access to unprecedented levels of online information on arts and culture. Should museums embrace this digital transformation? Where do we draw the line, what is too little or too much tech for education, enjoyment and mental health?


 
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Suenne Tan is Director of Audience Development and Engagement at National Gallery Singapore where she works across the Gallery to ensure that the Gallery’s programming is relevant, accessible, and meaningful to different audiences, supporting the Gallery’s vision of fostering and inspiring a thoughtful, creative and inclusive society.

Suenne leads a cross-disciplinary team and collaborates with artists to develop new exhibition-making formats, that enhances the connection to art for different audiences, based on her belief in the power of art to open minds to embrace new possibilities.

Suenne conceptualised and launched the Gallery’s Keppel Centre for Art Education (KCAE), which provides a creative environment for children and families to access art throughout the year. KCAE received the 2018 Children in Museums Award in recognition of it being an excellent example of a dynamic 21st century education centre within an art gallery.

Suenne is interested in understanding different ways people experience and engage with art within a museum context. One of her key areas of interest, iis to explore how museums can leverage on innovative and integrated use of technologies to create new forms of art engagement that are meaningful and relevant to different audiences.

 
Ms. Suenne Megan Tan 
Director, Audience Development & Engagement
National Gallery Singapore (NGS)

 
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Nina Ernst is the Associate Director, Programmes for ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands. Her work at the museum spans public engagement through tours, talks and workshops, performances, films and events, as well as schools programmes, interactive displays and outreach. Since joining ArtScience Museum, her focus has been on growing the attendance and deepening the engagement for public programmes and schools.

Ms. Nina Ernst 
Associate Director, Programmes
ArtScience Museum  
  


 
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Jervais Choo is the Programme Director for the DigiMuse project which aims to advance digital innovation within the culture sector. He currently leads the public sector transformation efforts for the National Heritage Board and has a keen interest in bringing together new methods of bridging experience and understanding through contextual layering and digital interventions.
Mr. Jervais Choo
Deputy Director, Organisational Design and Innovation
National Museum of Singapore

 
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Abhilash is an entrepreneur with a background in design-focused software engineering. He created the Bus Uncle chatbot as a hobby project, which has grown to become Singapore's most popular chatbot. His company is now helping enterprises and organisations build their own engaging chatbots and pioneering conversational advertising in Singapore through their current chatbots.
Mr. Abhilash Murthy
Founder, Bus Uncle Company

 
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Carol Loi is a digital literacy educator, parent coach and a member of the John Maxwell Team providing leadership and communications training. She is also a Fellow of the Centre for Media Literacy. She has served in the public service for over twenty years, including the Ministry of Education and the Info-communications Media Development Authority. She runs a consultancy and training company, working closely with partners such as Singapore Kindness Movement, Google, Facebook and DQ Institute to nurture digital citizenship in Singapore. She has a Master in Business Administration, specialising in technology and human capital management. She and her husband have two teenagers who enjoy art.  
Ms. Carol Loi
Founder, Village Consultancy​

 
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Raised in Amsterdam, based in Singapore.

Olivier Bos spearheads the brainstorming processes behind creative ideation and business strategy in MeshMinds. Olivier frequently squeezes his creative brain juice in realising visionary concepts into reality - physically and/or virtually.

Olivier’s personal interests revolve around exploring the meaningful intersections between technology and art. His vast knowledge of tech trends is thus usefully aligned with his passion in utilising technology for good causes around the world. Often, Olivier can be seen focusing on projects revolving around Human-Centered Design or assisting in the conduct of immersive technology workshops.

Olivier also is a firm believer in creating meaningful social relationships with people around him. He helps to foster an uplifting environment and ensures dynamic relationships are established between artists and partners. He strongly believes in nurturing genuine, lasting relationships between different partners, in order to assist in delivering impactful live projects and programmes.

 

Mr. Olivier Bos
Chief Inspiration Officer
MeshMinds


 

Panel 3: Alternative Learning Spaces

Recently, schools have begun to view museums as alternative learning spaces and embarked on many museum-based learning programmes across the island. How can the content offered by and the environment of a museum impact student learning? How do we utilise the potential offered by museums effectively for teaching and learning?


 
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Ms. Seow Ai Wee is the Deputy Director, Art, at the Singapore Teachers' Academy for the aRts (STAR), Ministry of Education. She leads with her team of Master Teachers and Academy Officers to design and implement varied professional learning experiences that would nurture professional identities of art teachers and transform art learning in schools and museums.

Ai Wee began her teaching career as an art teacher at Outram Secondary School. While pursuing her master's degree at Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City, she joined the Museum of Modern Art, first as a Teaching Resident and then as a Museum Educator. She went on to work for the next six years at the Whitney Museum of American Art as the Coordinator of School and Teacher Programs. Prior to STAR, Ai Wee was an Assistant Professor of Arts Education at Tamagawa University, Tokyo, where she taught undergraduate courses on developmental theories, learning approaches and curriculum design.

Ai Wee is currently a doctoral candidate with the Art and Art Education Department at Teachers College. Her research focus is on ecology of long-term museum-school partnerships.

 
Ms. Seow Ai Wee
Deputy Director, Art
Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts (STAR)
Ministry of Education

 
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Ye Shufang serves as Deputy Director of Education at National Gallery Singapore. She leads the direction and development of learning resources and programmes for families, students and teachers. She also heads the Gallery’s Keppel Centre for Art Education, a dedicated learning facility that provides creative spaces and activities for children to discover art through imaginative play.

Shufang’s experience in education spans over 20 years. She served as Programme Leader for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes at the Faculty of Fine Arts, LASALLE College of the Arts (2002 to 2007). Shufang developed and implemented the visual art practice, research and assessment framework for both programmes. She has supervised over 8 cohorts of Undergraduate students and Postgraduate candidates in their practice and research in visual arts.

In 2007, Shufang joined School of the Arts (SOTA), the first pre-tertiary art school for students ages 13 to 18 years old. As the Head of Visual Arts Faculty, Shufang led the research, development and implementation of a 6-year curriculum for Studio Practice and Theory and History of Art for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Shufang also developed an assessment framework for different art disciplines, providing training for her faculty in assessments and moderation.

Over the past decade, Ye has served on several curriculum planning, review and advisory committees with a number of art education institutions. She currently serves on the Annual Grant and Scholarship Applications and Assessments Panel with National Arts Council and on the Curriculum Development Advisory Committee with Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

Ms. Ye Shufang
Deputy Director, Education
National Gallery Singapore 

 
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Saravanan S/O Sadanandom is the General Manager of Indian Heritage Centre, who is currently on secondment from the Ministry of Education. In his role, he has participated in the Little India Engagement Sessions organised by Singapore Tourism Board, organises educational programmes for schools, and is involved in various projects with stakeholders that focus on the development of IHC and Little India as a hub for the community.
Mr. Saravanan S/O Sadanandom
General Manager
Indian Heritage Centre

 
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Michelle KUEK is the Manager of Outreach at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Museum and NUS Baba House where she leads the team in the areas of programmes, education and student development. Her focus is on the integration of the museum’s collections and exhibitions into academic curriculums across the university, working closely with university management, academics and students. She also manages the NUS Museum Internship Programme, an established museum mentorship programme for undergraduates, and coordinated the 2012 and 2014 editions of Curating Lab, a national curatorial development programme for young curators.

 
Ms. Michelle Kuek
Manager, Outreach
NUS Museum
 
 
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Dee is known to most students who visit SAM Exhibitions as “Teacher Dee” or the ‘cher’ from SAM. Dee began teaching in 1997, and has worked with students and schools of varied profiles and age groups, ranging from 5-18 year olds, and from the gifted to those identified with special educational needs. She has served in various positions and areas, including heading the Humanities, Visual and Performing Arts as well as Student Development Departments in various schools and Senior Specialist for Art at the Ministry of Education where she helped develop the Student Learning Space (SLS), a nation-wide learning portal which provides learning resources for all students in Singapore.

In her current role as Head, Education and Programmes at SAM, Dee oversees and implements Education and Public Programme initiatives at the museum, such as the Contemporary Art and Mental Health Programme, Project Happiness @ SAM, the Think! Contemporary and Think! Contemporary Preschool Exhibitions which showcase Preschool and Primary School students’ artworks in response to SAM’s contemporary art exhibitions. She also champions initiatives which make SAM more accessible, such as the SAM Touch Collection and Kopi Teh and Contemporary Art for seniors.

Ms. Dee Chia
Head, Education and Programmes
Singapore Art Museum (SAM)

 


Special Guest

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Since the days of his youth—many of which were spent exploring the streets of Geylang—Cai Yinzhou has had an impulse for discovering hidden stories.

To this young, compassionate tour guide, old buildings are filled with lessons from the past, and neighbourhoods are classrooms where personal narratives entwine with the arc of history.

Yinzhou’s many social initiatives include Geylang Adventures and Dakota Adventures which aim to unpack social issues through sight-seeing, and Backalleybarbers, a project offering free haircuts to migrant labourers. For his efforts in aiding Singapore’s disadvantaged, the young advocate of social change was conferred the Singapore Youth Award in 2017. During the 2018 National Day Parade, the founding story of #backalleybarbers was also featured during the parade show segment.

Yinzhou will share his experiences in using tours to access and unpack to understand multifaceted perspectives of the sidelined communities, and setting up spontaneous social initiatives hoping to inspire and advocate the belief of loving thy neighbour.

 
Mr. Cai Yinzhou
Geylang Adventures
 

Closing Remarks

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Dr June Yap is Director of Curatorial, Programmes and Publications at the Singapore Art Museum, where she oversees content creation and museum programming.

Her prior roles include Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator (South and Southeast Asia), Deputy Director and Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, and curator at the Singapore Art Museum.

Amongst exhibitions she has curated are No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia as part of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, The Cloud of Unknowing at the 54th Venice Biennale with artist Ho Tzu Nyen, The Future of Exhibition: It Feels Like I’ve Been Here Before at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (Singapore), Paradise is Elsewhere at Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Germany),  media art exhibitions Interrupt and Twilight Tomorrow at the Singapore Art Museum. She is the author of Retrospective: A Historiographical Aesthetic in Contemporary Singapore and Malaysia (2016).

Dr June Yap
Director, Curatorial, Programmes & Publications
Singapore Art Museum (SAM)
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