DEAR FUTURE, Museum Learning in the Digital Age
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DAY 1: Symposium
Welcome & Introduction by Emcee
Panel 1: Understanding the 22nd-Century Audience
In Response: A Conversation With Our Future
Panel 2: To Tech Or Not To Tech
Panel 3: Alternative Learning Spaces
End of Symposium
DAY 2: Workshops
DAY 1: Symposium
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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?
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)
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
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
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
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)
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|
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)
DAY 2: Workshops
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