30 July, 2014
The Liberal Art University in Hong Kong
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Lingnan’s Department of Visual Studies joined hands with Yuen Long Town Hall and the Board of Management of the Chinese Permanent Cemeteries to foster a sense of community for new arrivals living in Yuen Long and nearby districts through a series of “Hong Kong Our Home” community art projects from January to April this year.

An array of art programmes, including handicraft, painting, music and dance workshops led by experienced community artists, a “Year of Horse Family Celebration” Lunar New Year gathering and “Hong Kong Our Home Community Art Sharing Day”, were delivered. Twelve Lingnan Visual Studies students studying the course “Arts and Well Being” were also trained to support the activities and sometimes led the art games, exhibitions and performances held at C & MA Hing Yiu Services Centre, The Salvation Army Tuen Mun East Integrated Service Centre for Young People, and Yuen Long Town Hall Support Service Centre for Ethnic Minorities, etc.

Mr Samson Wong, a tutor of Visual Studies Department, is glad to see students slowly exploring the power of art in bridging people of different ages and cultures. “Our students were not instructors but guiding and co-creating with the participants”, he added.

In addition to providing evaluation to improve the quality of the project, the Department of Visual Studies hoped the community art programmes would foster social cohesion and promote care, mutual help and solidarity in the community. Feedback from the students show that such experiential learning is precious and unique, enabling them to put theory into practice and see the dynamics and power of creativity.