Art and Culture Academy: Curriculum to be ready by 2020

|     James Kon     |

THE process in the establishment of an Art and Culture Academy is scheduled to start only after the preparation of a comprehensive curriculum and identifying expert instructors. The comprehensive curriculum is targetted to be completed by mid-2020.

These views were shared by Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin during the 15th Legislative Council (LegCo) session yesterday morning.

The minister was replying to a question by LegCo member Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Putera Maharaja Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Ghani bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Dewa Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Rahim on when the Art and Culture Academy will be built.

The minister said, “The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) is planning to establish an Art and Culture Academy that will fulfil the country’s aspirations in upholding the art and culture heritage, provide employment and contribute to the country’s economy through the creative and art industry.”

He added, “The establishment of the academy must go through the process in stages. What is important is the content of courses to be offered by the academy before constructing a building.

LegCo member Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Putera Maharaja Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Ghani bin Pehin Datu Pekerma Dewa Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Rahim. – RAHWANI ZAHARI

“As a first step of establishing the academy, the ministry has to draft and carry out a number of programmes on capacity building in the field of art and culture through activities such as the setting up of the national Citra Belia group which teaches youth on playing the traditional musical instrument gulingtangan.

“This will be expanded to other fields of music, including traditional orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the national choir.

“Secondly, a master class which aims to teach singing, music and traditional dance.

“Thirdly, art and culture lessons at workshops as well as talks for students of higher educational institutions, youth and the public.”

The minister said in 2018 three programmes on culture, four promotional programmes, 49 programmes on awareness, practical and outreach and nine cultural exchanges were implemented. Overall, the process in establishing the academy is scheduled to start only after the preparation of a comprehensive curriculum and having expert instructors.

“We are targetting to complete the comprehensive curriculum by the middle of 2020,” he said.

He also said the ministry is looking at a temporary space to house the Art and Culture Academy building. Among the places identified is the art gallery, adding that need to construct a permanent building for the academy is being studied.