The 10th Arts Ambassadors-in-School Finale Party, comprising two main sessions – carnival and recognition cum oath-taking ceremony, was held last Friday (6 July) at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium. More than 1,200 arts ambassadors from over 650 primary, secondary and special schools participated in various arts activities to broaden their artistic experience.
Since 2008, Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) has launched the Arts Ambassadors-in-School Scheme (AAiSS) to appoint students with artistic excellence and enthusiasm to be the arts ambassadors of their schools. In its tenth edition, the scheme has amassed more than 10,000 arts ambassadors.
The “Recognition cum Oath-taking Ceremony” was officiated by Mr Lau Kong-wah, Secretary for Home Affairs and Dr Wong Ying-wai, Wilfred, Chairman of the HKADC. Led by Mr Lau Kong-wah, more than 1,200 arts ambassadors pledged their commitment to participate in the arts and to share the joy of arts with others. A variety of programmes was staged by the arts ambassadors to demonstrate their talents at the ceremony, including a musical “Children’s Letters to God – Questions! Questions!”, a harp performance “Beautiful Strings”, a “Literature x Stage” performance and SENZA A Cappella performance.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Wilfred Wong, Chairman of the HKADC, praised the arts ambassadors’ passion towards arts over the years and many ambassadors had grown up. He shared his belief that arts had broadened their artistic horizon and filled their lives with colour during their growth.
This year, the finale party emphasises “interaction” and “co-creation”. Under the guidance of artist Leung Mee-ping and community arts group “Play Depot”, over 60 arts ambassadors were recruited to join the production team, together building a carnival that genuinely belonged to them.
The 10th Arts Ambassadors-in-School Scheme organised a wide range of arts activities, with an aim to encourage arts ambassadors to explore the unlimited possibilities of artistic creation. The core activity “Creative+ Arts Camp”, which was held in March and April, allowed arts ambassadors to enrich their arts experience through participation in different types of workshops. Other activities included arts enhancement courses, meet-the-artist workshops and mainland study tour.
For details of the Scheme, please visit: www.aaiss.hk