Sharing and realization of the vision and practice of art facilitation through service-learning

Sophia S. M. LAW

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Art to most people is about talent and artistic skill. However, a programme elective, Art and Well-Being, offered by the Department of Visual Studies at Lingnan University, adopts a totally new perspective, seeing art as a language written in images. The programme investigates art's intrinsic nature as an innate behavior unique to humans for expression and communication. Supported by cross-disciplinary theories and research findings, it examines and explains how art can facilitate and promote the well-being of individuals and communities. This type of inquiry is best scrutinised through an integrated Service-Learning Research Scheme in which the students are given the opportunity to apply the theories they learn in class to real-life situations. Through actual application of the subject knowledge, they become engaged with the immediate and direct scenarios that arise during their service, prompting them to undertake more in-depth intellectual inquiries and genuinely reflect on how art can be used to make changes in social settings. More importantly, the actual interaction with the serviced clients and the staff of different non-governmental organizations draws the students' attention to social issues and concerns, enriching their sense of civic engagement and offering a vision of caring for others.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFood for Thought : service-Learning Research in Asia
EditorsRobert SHUMER, Carol Hok Ka MA, Constance Wing Yee CHAN
PublisherInformation Age Publishing Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781648025112
ISBN (Print)9781648025099, 9781648025105
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2021


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