|Arts And Culture|
The Arts & Culture Committee, through its member foundations, put together their capabilities, resources, network, and seeks possible funding agencies to support advocacy of the arts and culture in promoting the importance and relevance of the arts in nation building. This is to be achieved through the enhancement of current practices in art education in the school system and by elevating appreciation of the arts in the business sector, civic organizations, and other groups through seminars, cultural tours, and other art-related activities
Chair: Laurie Javier (Phinma Foundation)
In 2007, the Arts and Culture Committee of the LCF received a grant from Charities Aid Foundation of Australia (CAF) to implement a 3-year arts education program.
THE ARTCONNECTION RESOURCE BOOK FOR MAKABAYAN TEACHERS
Studies have shown that art education greatly enhances students performance in other academic areas. Moreover, the arts is a vital resource in instilling pride for country and cultural heritage among Filipino students.
The ArtConnection Program aims to meet the lack of training programs and materials for teachers of the arts. In 2007, the Arts and Culture Committee of the League of Corporate Foundations (LCF) addressed this felt need especially in the teaching of Makabayan in public elementary schools.
Makabayan in made up of several subjects, including Social Studies, Arts, and Music. The Arts and Culture Committee proposed a new paradigm for teaching the subject. They believed that Makabayab should be taught in an integrated, holistic, and interdisciplinary manner.
The Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL) was tapped by the Arts and Culture Committee in 2008 to design a training program for teachers af Makabayan. Thus, a series of lectures on Philippine music, visual arts, literature, history was conducted for over 1,000 public elementary school teachers.
In 2009, the Arts and Culture Committee focused its attention on seven pilot public schools from NCR and Bulacan. It believed that limiting the program to a select group of teachers would facilitate the development of the teacher’s resource book, the ultimate goal of the ArtConnection program.
2007: LCF focuses on planning the program and building partnerships with DepEd.
2008: LCF partners with FHL, which designs the program and enlists a team of experts on Philippines history, visual arts, literature and music. The experts deliver a series of lectures to over 1,000 public school teachers at FHL in Makati City.
2009: LCF and FHL host exposure trips and deliver intensive lecture-workshops to the teachers from the selected pilot schools. An editorial team is formed to work on the teacher’s resource book, a draft of which is immediately produced. On November 21, three teachers from PAREF Woodrose School test the draft by conducting demo classes at FHL for the teachers from the pilot schools.
2010: Two teachers from Marilao Central School demonstrate how they teach Makabayan. This exercise gives LCF and FHL ideas on how to improve the resource book. Focused group discussions are facilitated by FHL for the teachers in Marilao and NCR. They suggest materials to be included in both the resource book and the accompanying CD. FHL reminds the teachers that they are facilitators of learning and that the traditional teacher-centered classroom is a thing of the past.
Finally, after a year of research and writing, the ArtConnection resource book is formally launched in July