UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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Arts and Marginalised Communitites with Peggy Ferroa and Jennifer Koh. 

In this session, we invite  two art educators to talk about their work with communities and the key processes/pedagogies and frameworks that they use.   

To attend please register at http://goo.gl/czNmXM Thank you!


DOORS by Peggy Ferroa

DOORS looks at a typical drama programme that Community Artist, Peggy Ferroa runs for the Singapore Prison Service.  While dialog and empathy are plentiful in her classrooms, she questions how much is too much empathy, and, if an overdose of it kills the rehabilitative process. How then can an artist find different structures and connections for participants so that empathy spirals up from despair to hope?

Building Bridges Through Photovoice by Jennifer Koh

What does the world look like through another person's eyes? How can photography be a way of connecting people from different walks of life? Can visual narratives be a springboard for raising thorny issues and negotiating differences? This session will briefly explore the concept of participatory photography and its potential for inspiring empathy and dialogue among diverse communities. Case studies will be shared from Photovoice SG's projects with healthcare communities, youth at risk and the elderly. 


About the Speakers

Peggy Ferroa started giving simple drama workshops to adult male inmates in Changi Prison in 2006 and since then, went on to design and implement long term drama programmes for Changi Women’s Prison and youths at the reform centre.  Peggy is also an artist with NAC’s Teaching Through the Arts Programme (TTAP) where drama pedagogy is used to engage curriculum learning.  She has also been an active volunteer for the Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA) and is their current president. 

Jennifer Koh is the co-founder of Photovoice SG, a not-for-profit arts organisation that seeks to empower people to tell their stories through photography. She was inspired by her own experience of working with foreign domestic workers in participatory photography projects. Jennifer is a full-time educator, teaching visual sociology and photojournalism at a polytechnic.


Developing Empathy and Dialogue  through Pedagogies and Practices in Arts Education is a series of informal discussions that aim to discuss and investigate teaching methods and strategies in arts education which draw out dialogue in learning about empathy.

Peggy from CARE on Vimeo.


Jennifer from CARE on Vimeo.

Discussion session: 

26 February 2015
Time: 7pm—10pm, Venue: DECK, Gallery 2, 116 Prinsep Street, Singapore 188665

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