EXPANDING the role of arts and culture in addressing biodiversity loss and reaching a wider community is badly needed, especially when using non-traditional methods in difficult times.
Instead of only arts practitioners doing their part, what if a more inclusive community worked together to produce art to educate and raise awareness for the greater good?
That’s what a program called [email protected] Three Community Theatre-Making is inspiring other educators and coaches to do.
The success of Story on Biodiversity in Season 1 (The Story of Bule Madu) and Season 2 (Life on Land), which took place online last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, led to the resounding success of season 3 (Life Under Water). when it took place last month.
The event took place at [email protected] Melawati River Three Park in Kuala Lumpur after a 12-week workshop with parents and children.
Now parents are asking to organize a similar educational program for season four!
[email protected] Community Theatre-Making is created and directed by Kennedy River activist Michael and produced by Syuen Toh.
Its aim, among others, is to put art and artistic creation back into the hands of the local community amidst the limitations caused by Covid-19.
“We wanted to make art and artistic creation much more accessible and affordable compared to traditional approaches and spaces, in addition to supporting government initiatives aimed at building resilient communities,” Toh said.
“Using art and artistic creation to introduce river CPR and biodiversity conservation to local communities advances the artistic and scientific agenda and adds vibrancy in a hybrid environment while promoting an activity of inclusive community engagement at Taman Melawati.”
Both Toh and Michael think it’s a good way to introduce the arts and artistic creation to local people in order to discover new artistic talents within the community.
“As climate action and biodiversity or environmental conservation are not part of the mainstream curriculum of the Malaysian education system, many people, young and old, are unaware of the importance of these issues for children. humans and other life forms on this planet.
“When it comes to unknown matters, presenting the facts as theory or data would be of no interest to the public.
“However, when the same important topics are explored on-site at River Three Park and presented by involving a diverse community of the general public, it captures their interest, raises awareness and inspires the community to take action in the process,” Toh said. .
The [email protected] Three Community Theatre-Making program, which inspires other educators and coaches to organize similar educational programs at [email protected] Melawati River Three Park, is open to new collaborations.
“For example, we had interest from TIM Preschool, Knowledge New Old Twists (KNOTs), Mad About Education Group, Future Problem Solving Group, SMK Taman Melawati and Program QUA-QUA LUAS (Quality & Quantity) for a new collaboration” Toh revealed.
Season 3 (Biodiversity Story): The Plastic Fantastic by [email protected] Community Theatre-Making proved that not only the showcase had an impact, but also the creative process itself – using a non-traditional approach in an arts space non-traditional to encourage a larger audience to play their part – succeeded in obtaining the desired results.
Those interested in visiting the first PentaSungai at Taman Melawati River Three Park can call Syuen (012-657 3739 or email [email protected]).
Don’t forget to bring your sun hat for the discovery tour.
The [email protected] Community Theatre-Making program, funded by Penjana, is supported by the Cultural Economy Development Agency (Cendana).