Arts with the Disabled Association (ADA) and Lee Hysan Foundation
September 2016 – 2019
40 students (increasing to 72-80 students in subsequent years)
Among the 5 components in the Scheme, the Foundation supports the component INCUBATE with Artists-in-Residence training in 4 special schools of an arts programme for students with disabilities.
Students with disabilities often miss out on access to high quality teaching in the arts and nurturing of their talents. This project, by targeting schools for children with special needs, sparks the artistic potential of talented young people with disabilities, developing their skills, and even paving the way for them to aspire to a career in the arts.
Interested students are firstly invited to apply to the programme. They will then receive 120 hours per year, across a three year period, of in-depth training workshops in a specific art form:
Professional artists lead the student workshops, giving encouragement and inspiration, and providing high quality teaching. Some artists on the teaching teams have disabilities themselves, serving not just as teachers but as role models to students.
The workshops also draw on a team of volunteers, including parent-volunteers, who undergo training in how to assist, such as learning about their school’s particular art form, in the do’s and don’t’s of the creative process, and hands-on experience in the creative process.