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Arts Accessibility Workshop

The Academy is devoted to advocate arts inclusion and promote the building of a caring society.  Our effort has been recognised by the award of Caring Organisation for 15 years.  Since 2019, the Academy signed a memorandum with Arts with the Disabled Association Hong Kong (ADAHK) to engage Art Accessibility (AA) support in our performances and productions such as audio description, theatrical interpretation, accessible captions, pre-show touch hour, etc.; to provide AA trainings for staff, students and the general public; to support the Academy to build a barrier-free campus; and to explore opportunities for promoting art inclusion. In January 2022, the collaboration between the Academy and ADAHK has been renewed for another three years to strengthen the students’ understanding in arts inclusion and therefore enriching their lives in performing arts.  

 

    
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Christine (left) elaborates on how she developed interpersonal skills as she learnt how to dance.
Christine’s mother (centre) reveals her amazement of how art has changed her daughter’s life.

 

We believe that education and application is the key to promote arts inclusion sustainably.  In January, we were grateful to arrange four physical workshops before the outbreak of the fifth wave of the pandemic in Hong Kong.  It was our pleasure to invite Professor Lena Lee, an Arts Specialist of ADAHK, as the speaker for the workshops and share some good examples in successfully integrating AA creatively in performing arts.  Targeting different audiences, she has also invited three guests with different talents to share how they have overcome their limitations and shine on the stage. ​

 

    
(Left to right)
Michael (first on the right) performs a short mime about grabbing a taxi with Drama students.
Philip (man in red) leads the participants to perform samba dance on rolling chairs.

 

We hope that by opening the gates to AA, our students will continue to explore the possibilities in arts with their boundless creativity.  Thanks to the generous donation of Ms Catherine S Y Chan, a new round of Creative Project Fund is now open for applications. We look forward to seeing more students of the Academy create varied community activities in performing arts for promoting arts inclusion.