Future Development in Community Murals and Future Investment in Teaching Artists


Prof. Kong Ho, a teaching artist for more than 25 years and a muralist for 18 years of them, considers himself to be a good source of "archived" experiences that he can share with others who might find them beneficial. This paper explores his inclusive and expansive study into community murals and the role of teaching artists. This paper is divided into two parts. In the first part, Ho presents the pros and cons of traditional painted murals and potential formats for the future community or public murals. The second half of this paper discusses the significance of investing in teaching artists, who are the key factor in our creative and cultural industries. Ho's insights into the role of teaching artists and community murals are unique because he presents them as academic artistic research. The aim of this artistic research is meant to highlight the value and impact of mural art in our society and education system. The budget cuts for the art programs from K-12 to higher education in the United States, especially during the economic downturns of the early 2000s, contradicts the rise of creative or cultural industries serving as a crucial economic phenomenon in our current society. This paper will also examine how investment in community murals and teaching artists can celebrate the culture and creative identity of a nation or society.

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Kong Ho, University of Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam

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Conference: ACAH2016
Stream: Arts - Visual Arts Practices

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