Written and researched by Arts-Ed
ARTS-ED is a community-based heritage education program that was started in the historic enclave of George Town by a group of arts educators. It provides innovative non-formal arts and heritage education for young people aged 12-23 (particularly young residents in and around George Town).The organization presently runs two site-specific initiatives; the program in urban George Town entitled Anak-Anak Kota (since 2001) and another program in rural Penang entitled ‘myBALIKpulau’ (since 2005).
Arts-ED programs use the arts as a tool to facilitate young people to retrace the cultural heritage of George Town through site-specific projects. The ‘site’, which is the focal point of arts-ED projects, is utilised as a platform for creative interaction between arts, culture and life. Within the site, participants attempt to map cultural assets and narratives and to inteprete and communicate these assets to the community and visitors through interpretative projects.
The program involve a range of dedicated partners; local institutions, artists, community, schools, societies government and private sector.