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Person-centered Arts Practices With Communities: The Artist Training Programme 2020

Conducted by Dr. Felicia Low

Person-centered Arts Practices with Communities: A Pedagogical Guide was a research initiative supported by the National Arts Council (Singapore)


Level 1: A Beginner’s Guide to Arts Practices with Communities:

4th April – 9th May 2020

Fee: $500

Venue: To be confirmed

This short training programme introduces the concepts and framework of the four dimensions (personal, social, cognitive and cultural) that enable person-centered arts practices to take place with communities. It will also guide participants with methods to craft curriculum, write proposals and evaluations using the person-centered dimensions.

4 April , 10-12pm: Lecture discussion on the Personal Dimension

11 April, 10-12pm: Lecture discussion on the Social Dimension

18 April, 10-12pm: Lecture discussion on the Cognitive Dimension

25 April, 10-12pm: Lecture discussion on the Cultural Dimension

2 May, 10-12pm: Small group workshop session on curriculum planning, proposal writing and approaches to evaluation

Week of 4-9th May onwards : One-to-One tutorial discussion on lesson planning and personal teaching experiences and reflections.

This program is targeted at artists who have experience working with communities. Artists should be interested to create sustainable developmental arts programs that aim to address the communities’ needs.

Key learning objectives:

  • To gain a deeper understanding of how the personal, social, cognitive and cultural dimensions impact on the processes and outcomes of working with communities through the arts.
  • To discuss challenges and solutions to challenges when working with communities across various sectors and abilities.
  • To gain an understanding of how to write proposals and conduct evaluations using the 4 dimensions as a means to address the needs of the community.
  • To discuss and deepen the significance of one’s personal teaching approach and artistic process with communities, against the framework of the 4 dimensions.

Interested applicants must commit to all 6  sessions and should hold professional qualifications of at least a diploma in any relevant art form and/or have engaged communities through the arts.

Level 2:

Practicum Program: Applying The Person-Centered Dimensions with Communities Through the Arts

Dates: Dependant on the applicant

Fee: $700

Venue: Dependent on the applicant

​This programme is aimed at artist-facilitators who work professionally with communities. They should have one ready arts program with a community, which can be used for the purpose of practicum observations and analysis by Dr. Low. At the end of the programme, the participants will be expected to develop a draft proposal for a future programme based on the practicum report, which applies aspects of the 4 dimensions to enhance the quality of the programme.


Program structure:

Week 1-4: Observations and documentation of weekly program with community conducted by the artist-facilitator, by Dr. Low.

Week 5: Completed observational logs and analysis of program by Dr. Low. Face-to face discussion with the artist-facilitator about the significance of the sessions observed.

Week 6: Discussion and submission of draft proposal for a new programme, which applies the 4 dimensions by the artist-facilitator.


Applicants applying for both Levels 1 and 2 may be considered for a NAC grant which covers 70% of programme fees, on a reimbursement basis.

 Application closes on 1st February 2020.


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