When traveling freely and talking to people face to face became a luxury that most could not afford, our desire to be connected with each other grew stronger. Many of us, desperate to keep our lives and livelihoods going, reached out virtually to keep relationships alive and even meet new people. In this peculiar time in the world, what we found valuable is the assurance of the fact that we are still connected -- even with the uncertainty of when we can meet in person again.
This is a panel to introduce such a network that helps us keep connected. We will hear from three leaders of prominent networks in South East Asia, and discuss what it means to have a web of people connected through mutual interests and issues, and how each network still tries to connect with people amid the pandemic.
* This panel is jointly organized by the Asia Pacific Network for Cultural Education and Research (ANCER) and the Japan Association for Cultural Policy Research (JACPR), supported by the Asia Center, the Japan Foundation.
The Asia Pacific Network for Cultural Education and Research (ANCER)
Audrey Wong is Head of the School of Creative Industries, LASALLE College of the Arts, and leads the MA Arts and Cultural Leadership programme at the college. From 2009 – 2011 she served as the first Nominated Member of Parliament for the arts in Singapore. An educator, researcher and civil society advocate, she was formerly Artistic Co-director of independent arts space The Substation, where she produced arts projects and festivals, organised international artist exchanges and launched the centre’s Associate Artists programme. Back in 1997, she established the Moving Images Film Programme at The Substation – Singapore’s first year-round film programme supporting local filmmakers. She has served on the boards of the Singapore Art Museum and National Arts Council and on the government’s Arts and Culture Strategic Review Committee, and is currently on the board of Nine Years Theatre.
Mekong Cultural Hub
Jennifer LEE has worked as a project manager, event and festival coordinator, house manager and producer in the field of theatre and culture over 20 years. She is based in Taipei Taiwan and has worked in Taiwan and overseas by projects, specializing in production/project management and audience development. Had been Teaching "Production Management" and "Arts Marketing" in 3 colleges from 2008 till 2019. Experiences in designing and facilitating workshops and training courses, including audience development, theatre service, creative project management and program planning.
Since 2018, she has worked with Mekong Cultural Hub (MCH) as Program Coordinator involved in program development and she’s responsible for program implement, coordination, reporting and outcome reviewing. MCH is a non-profit organization serving the creative practitioners whose work at the intersection of arts and society, which targeted Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
In recent years, her passion and focus are advocating sustainable eco-system for cultural industry, social engagement of arts, multiple mechanisms for talent incubation, cross-cultural learning/understanding, and regional cultural exchange and collaboration. She is the Board of Directors for Taiwan Association of Theatre Technology(TATT), Performing Arts Network Development Association(PANDA), Performing Arts Alliance(PAA).
She has a MA degree in Cultural Policy and Arts Management.
Prof. Dr. Shin Nakagawa
Asian Arts Management Conference
Shin Nakagawa was born in Nara, Japan, in 1951. He is the specially appointed professor of Urban Research Plaza, Osaka City University. He has been working on soundscape and music in Southeast Asia and Europe, and arts management study. He received his Doctoral degree from Osaka University of Arts in 2001. His awards include; the cultural prize from Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto Music Prize, Suntory Prize, Koizumi Music Prize, City Planning and etc.. He has written books including "Heiankyo Oto no Uchu (The Sounding Cosmos of the Heiankyo (Kyoto) Capital)" in 1992, which was published in Germany in 2000, "Musik dan Kosmos, Sebuah Pengantar Etnomusikologi, Yayasan Obor, Indonesia" in 2000, "New Methodology of Arts Management" in 2011 and "Power of Arts" in 2013. He published his first novel, titled "Sawa Sawa" in 2003, and music composition, "Voice from outside existence for piano" in 2020. He is the founder of the Javanese gamelan group called "Marga Sari" in Osaka, which takes him abroad often. He is now mainly involved in socially engaged arts management activities in collaboration with NPO sectors and local government.
LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
Sunitha Janamohanan has worked in the arts since 1999 with a portfolio that covers a range of art forms and creative industries. She has been an arts manager, curator, producer, venue manager and heritage manager in Kuala Lumpur and Penang, Malaysia. She has an MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University, New York, and is presently teaching Arts & Cultural Management at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore. She is a member of the Heritage Advisory Panel for the National Heritage Board of Singapore, serving on a sub-committee for Intangible Cultural Heritage. Her research interests include community and socially engaged arts practice, and local arts management models in Southeast Asia. In 2018 she participated in a UNESCO workshop for experts from the Asia-Pacific region on the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Expressions of Cultural Diversity, and in 2019 conducted a study on the financial environment and support structures for the cultural and creative industries in the Southeast Asian sub-region for the UNESCO office in Bangkok.
Note: Some panelists may not be available for the live Q&A session.