藝術作為社會改革論壇 Forum on Art and Social Change (2022): Art and Ageing

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Forum on Art and Social Change (2022): Art and Ageing

12 – 19 March 2022 | Virtual

Since 2021, the Master of Arts in Cultural Management (MACM) programme of CUHK has embarked on a 4-year Art and Social Change project, focusing specifically on art for seniors. The Forum on Art and Social Change 2021 generated in-depth discussions on the concepts of art and changes, the processes of creating/ implementing art projects for seniors, as well as the methodologies to evaluate these projects. This year’s forum seeks to expand on these key takeaways and to further elaborate on the concepts of art for seniors vs. art by seniors, key considerations in engaging seniors through art, as well as well policies and funding support for art projects/ initiatives for seniors.

Convener: Benny Lim (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

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論壇節目 Programme


Music for Seniors is Music for Everyone

Presenter: Victor Fung
Respondent: Ian Alden Russell

From a lifelong learning perspective, seniors can refer to their rich life experiences as resources for musical advances. Seniors may have the freedom and wisdom for musical involvement and the desire to explore new experiences and to give back to the society. Fluid entry points for musical activities are especially important for seniors. Some seniors are concerned about the possible loss of their musical tradition if they don’t transmit it to the younger generation. For seniors and other generations, music can be an effective medium to express, communicate, and make connections.

Making Music with Older Adults

Presenter: Don Coffman
Respondent: Samuel Wong

This keynote address reviews some selected lifelong learning theories and discusses how they apply to older adult wind band musicians using the New Horizons Band programs of Iowa City, Iowa and Miami, Florida (USA).

*Keynote lectures are pre-recorded. Recordings are available on the website throughout the entire period of the forum.


Panel 1:
Art With Seniors

“Is it my turn?” Co-creating Performances with Seniors
Presenter: Peggy Ferroa

Collective creativity with a critical social perspective: A sharing of Community Music Journey with Senior Citizens in Hong Kong
Presenter: David Lui 

It’s Never Too Late to Fulfill Your Theatrical Dreams
Presenter: Bonnie L. Vorenberg

Panel 2:
Art For Seniors

Go Super-aged Society and Beyond! Creative Ageing in Taiwan
Presenter: Kate Chou

Creative Ageing in Scotland
Presenter: Anne Gallacher

Elderly Arts and Cultural Policy in Hong Kong
Presenter: Lin Ka Chun

Panel 3:
Art, Ageing, and Change

How far can we still go: Research on the Impacts of Community Theatre on Elderly Participants
Presenter: Kitty Kong

The Power of Music – Let Music Make a Difference for the Elderly
Presenter: Wendy Lee

Thai’s Folk Theatre Contribution in Health Promotion: A Case Study of Likay Performance for Hypertension Learning
Presenter: Anukoon Rotjanasuksomboon
(presented on behalf by Ser Shaw Hong)

*Presentations are pre-recorded. Recordings are available on the website throughout the entire period of the forum.


Panel 1:
Art and Seniors – International Perspectives

15th March, 10pm (GMT + 8)
Facebook Live

Moderator: Adelina Ong
Discussants: Don Coffman, Victor Fung, Anne Gallacher, Bonnie L. Vorenberg

Panel 2:
Art and Seniors – Asian Perspectives

18th March, 3pm (GMT + 8pm)
Facebook Live

Moderator: Pouline Koh
Discussants: Kate Chou, Peggy Ferroa, Kitty Kong

Panel 3:
Music for Seniors – Hong Kong Perspectives

19th March, 2pm (GMT + 8pm)
Facebook Live

Moderator: Ip Kim Ho
Discussants: Wendy Lee, Lin Ka Chun, David Lui

*Discussion panels will be broadcasted on Facebook live.



19th March, 11am – 12.30pm (GMT + 8pm)
Zoom (registration is required)

導師/ Instructor:陳桂芬 Brenda Chan

主題演講者 Keynote Speakers

Don D. Coffman

Don D. Coffman is Professor of Music Education and chairs the Department of Music Education and Music Therapy at the Frost School of Music. A Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa, where he taught for 24 years, his 40+ years of teaching experience span elementary, junior high, high school, university, and community band settings. He is an internationally known scholar with over 100 publications and 100 presentations.

He has chaired the Community Music Activity Commission of the International Society for Music Education and the Adult and Community Music Education Special Research Interest Group of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Other NAfME service includes the Executive Committee of the Society for Research in Music Education and two terms on the editorial board of Journal of Research in Music Education. He is associate editor of the International Journal of Community Music and former editor of Research Perspectives in Music Education.

Victor Fung

Victor Fung is Professor of Music Education and Director of Center for Music Education Research, School of Music, College of The Arts, University of South Florida, where he coordinates the Ph.D. program and teaches social psychology of music, measurement and evaluation in music, and qualitative research methods. He authored Music for Life: Music Participation and Quality of Life of Senior Citizens (with Lisa Lehmberg, OUP, 2016) and A Way of Music Education: Classic Chinese Wisdoms (OUP, 2018). The former is translated into Chinese (Shanghai Education Publishing House, 2021). He also has articles published in numerous professional journals and served as reviewer for fifteen such journals and editor for three. He has given over a hundred presentations at professional conferences across four continents and was a Fulbright researcher in Japan (2018). He was a Board Member for the International Society for Music Education, College Music Society, and Florida Music Education Association.

Presenters, Moderators and Respondents

Kate Chou

Kate Chou: As an advocate of Creative Ageing in Taiwan, Kate was once a rebellious long-time caregiver. In 2016, She founded the [Medium Well] creative aging information platform to promote cross-domain new thinking. In recent years, she has devoted herself to organizing lectures and sharing topics related to the promotion of creative aging and service design in universities, medical and healthcare organizations, and other institutions; at the same time, she has planned more than one hundred creative aging activities, courses, speeches, and workshops.

Through “Creative Ageing” and “Service Design” , she hopes to help everyone build their own creative muscle and improve mental health, so that each person can have the opportunity to create an exclusive “Creative Aging Force” and have a good old future!

Peggy Ferroa

Peggy Ferroa offers safe, creative spaces for dialogue and discovery by bringing her vast experience from stage, screen and radio to communities. Best known for her work with inmates, a community she has been educating and co-creating with since 2006, she has adapted and extended her work to seniors. Her work with both these communities have been presented at local and international conferences as well as published. She has also co-created performances with corporates, heart-landers, end of life patients, ex-offenders, prison officers, and cultural communities such as the Peranakans of Singapore. Her plays for seniors have been featured at the Singapore International Festival of Arts, Singapore’s Silver Arts Festival, Japan’s World Gold Theatre Festival and Malaysia’s George Town Festival.

Anne Gallacher

Anne Gallacher: Born and educated in Scotland, Anne has worked across the UK including posts with Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Arts, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Watford Palace Theatre. As a consultant she worked with organisations including Arts Council England, The Reading Agency and A New Direction. In 2005 she was awarded a Clore Leadership Fellowship.

Anne moved back to Scotland to become the founding Director of Luminate in 2012. In her current role she works with older people, artists and cultural organisations across Scotland, and she is passionate about the positive impacts that the arts and creativity can have on our lives as we age.

Anne is Chair of the Board of All or Nothing, Scotland’s leading aerial dance company, and a Trustee of the Eric Liddell Centre, a care charity and community hub in Edinburgh.

Ip Kim Ho

Ip Kimho studied music and received his Doctor of Philosophy in 2004 at the University of Edinburgh, the United Kingdom. He has been awarded the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowship for Overseas Studies in 1998, and the DAAD German Academic Exchange Service in 1997. In 2011 and 2014 he was invited to be Research Fellow at the International Research Centre, Interweaving Performance Culture at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. His music performances include appearances at the Dutch Radio, Sophiensaale in Berlin, the Edinburgh International Festival and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London. In Hong Kong, Kimho is currently the Head of Music and Professor of Practice at the WBL Music Unit of the Lingnan University.

Pouline Koh

Pouline Koh is a design enthusiast whose work is focused on design learning and design practices as a mechanism to create change for common good. Throughout her career, she has been actively involved and contribute to the continuous design development by working with various disciplines supporting projects related to people, community and well-being. Pouline has more than 13 years of teaching, research and practice experience in the area of Information design, Design practice and process, Digital design and communication, Design and social culture, User experience design and Emotion in learning. Currently she is leading The Design School at one of the top institutions in Asia where she brings about the integration of design and tech specialisms into the school that produces multiple award-winning design natives who are changemakers in the growing creative economy.

Kitty Kong

Kitty Kong, currently the Education and Outreach Manager of Chung Ying Theatre Company, is a former member of Hong Kong Arts Development Council Arts Advisor, Hong Kong Drama/Theatre and Education Forum (TEFO)’s Committee, and one of the editors of TEFOzine: Drama and Education Professional Magazine. Kitty obtained her M.A. in Drama and Theatre Education from the University of Warwick, UK under the support of Chevening Scholarships and was awarded with the International Exchange Scholarship from Hong Kong University to study Performance Arts in University of British Columbia.

As an experienced drama educator, she has conducted drama programmes in more than 300 schools and organisations, covering participants from all ages and all walks of life. In the past 10 years, she has produced more than 150 community performances including Oral History Theatre, youth musical and theatre production by recoverees of mental illnesses.

Wendy Lee

Wendy Lee is an experienced arts administrator in organizing arts, cultural and music events in Hong Kong for over 10 years. With a background in music education, performing arts and being as a cellist, she always wants to dedicate in the field of music education and arts administration in Hong Kong. Her career expands over different job fields within community, such as marketing management in professional orchestra, initiating music education program for helping underprivileged ethnic minorities students, and is now specializing in art development within elderly services and related project management. Wendy has been managing different kinds of music/ art-related events, such as briefing session, ensemble audition, interview, workshop, team building activity, orchestra rehearsal and performance etc.

Wendy is now the Art Development Officer of the Elderly Services Section under the Community Services Division of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals. She is responsible for coordinating and implementing the arts educational program namely “E Major Instrumental Music Training Scheme for the Third Age (E 大調長者音樂推廣計劃)” with the aim to enhance the quality of life of elderly people through the use of music. As part of her main duties, she works on the overall operation of the E Major Ensemble (E 大調合奏團), which is the first orchestra established in mid-2016 in Hong Kong with elders members or retired citizens at the age of 50 or above.

Lin Ka Chun

Lin Ka Chun is the Founder of and Director of Arts Administration for Men of Winds. He graduated from the University of Otago in New Zealand, majoring in Politics and Asian Studies, and earned a Master of Arts in Cultural Management from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He holds a Licentiate Diploma of the St. Cecilia School of Music and The Australian Society of Musicology and Composition in research and musicology. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Pegaso International. He is also active in performing at band and orchestra as a flutist and piccoloist.

He started his art administration career as an Education and Outreach officer in Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in 2013. He worked in ELCHK Men in Jazz as an orchestra manager between 2015 -2019. Under his leadership, the ELCHK Men in Jazz Music Project was awarded the Hong Kong Arts Development Award 2018 for Arts Education for the non-school category.

Lin has a particular interest in music and wind band history, cultural policy in music and arts development, and senior citizen arts development. He has been awarded a research grant on Thematic Research on Hong Kong Music Development by the Hong Kong Art Development Council, covering Hong Kong band history and development.

He published four articles about Hong Kong wind band history in a leading Japanese wind band magazine, – PIPERS. He also published an academic paper about senior art at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

David Lui

David Lui is a community cultural development worker, art administrator and theatre practitioner who possesses a multi-training background, ranging from social work, performing and community art. Lui has over 10 years of cultural management and frontline experience, 2000 hours of performing and workshop conducting experience. Lui was working on various community art projects in different positions including but not limited to coordinator, trainer, director, and performer. He is also a current research postgraduate student at City University of Hong Kong conducting research on arts empowerment.

Adelina Ong

Adelina Ong is an applied performance researcher based at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London, UK). She writes about Compassionate Mobilities (a theory for negotiated living developed from her practice as part of her PhD), death and AI chatbots for mental wellbeing. Her place practices are inspired by cosplay, Death Cafes, D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) and urban arts (parkour, Art du Déplacement (the art of displacement), breakin’ (breakdancing) and graffiti). She has published in Theatre Research International, Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance (RiDE) and co-edited a special issue of RiDE ‘On Access’ with Colette Conroy and Dirk Rodricks. She has also contributed chapters to the Applied theatre Reader (Second Edition) (2020) and the Routledge Handbook of Placemaking (2020).


Anukoon Rotjanasuksomboon is a dance scholar whose work centers partnered Thai dance practices and their theatrical expression, with particular emphasis on Likay folk theatre in Thailand. He has a BFA., MA., and Ph.D. in Thai Dance from Chulalongkorn University (Thailand). Currently, he is the Associate Professor/Head of Dance Department at the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Thai dance technique, dance composition, dance production, and a number of contextual courses. Anukoon recently combined his academic and artistic skills to launch and direct community art education programs to promote and educate about the cultural contributions of traditional theatre for community development in Thailand.

Ian Alden Russell

Ian Alden Russell is the Artistic Director of the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Previously he held the post of Associate Professor in Cultural Studies and Director of the MA Programme in Cultural Management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has also held the posts of Artistic Director and Chief Curator with K11 in Beijing, Curator of Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery, Lecturer in the Rhode Island School of Design’s Glass Department, Instructor with Brown University’s School of Professional Studies and Assistant Professor of Curating and Contemporary Art at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. He received a Ph.D. in History from Trinity College Dublin, and he has held fellowships at Brown University, University of Notre Dame and University College Dublin.

Bonnie Vorenberg

Bonnie Vorenberg has been called “The Guru of Senior Theatre” for her groundbreaking work as a nationally recognized expert and pioneer in the field. An educator, director, speaker, and author, she founded and directed an arts academy for seniors and a professional touring company that received prestigious grants from the United States’ National Endowment for the Arts. Currently, she is the President of ArtAge’s Senior Theatre Resource Center, the largest source of plays, books, and information for older actors. The collection has something for everyone, from amateur to professional and is distributed worldwide.

Ms. Vorenberg’s work and presentations have been featured nationally and internationally. Bonnie received the prestigious Ageless Legacy Award for Excellence in Creative Aging from the Oregon Gerontology Association. In addition, she was designated a national “TrailBlazer” by the United States’ Administration on Aging. Her goal is to use information, education, and inspiration to help older adults fulfill their theatrical dreams!

Samuel Wong

Samuel Wong is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of the TENG Company. He spearheads the company’s Performance, Academy and Research Divisions. Samuel obtained his PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Sheffield in 2009 where he was awarded dual scholarships from the Harry Worthington Foundation and the Hokkien Huay Kuan for his doctoral studies in music. Samuel was awarded the Outstanding Young Persons of Singapore Award (2009), the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Singapore Foundation’s Culture Award (2009) and Singapore Institute of Management’s Teaching Excellence Award (2012) for his work in Music and Education. Samuel is also concurrently Adjunct Faculty at University at Bu&alo – Singapore Institute of Management (UB-SIM) and Dissertation Supervisor at LASALLE College of the Arts – two posts he has held for over 10 years. He also sits on various boards and advisory panels in the Arts, Music and Education.