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    Arts Innovation | Policy Research Series

    06/05/2020 - 14:30

    2020-06-05
    Innovating Creative Cultures—Arts Tech

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    In precarious times like these, we are more aware than ever, how astonishingly fast changing the world is. But it is also the current backdrop which has called for growing convergences between arts and technology sectors to work together and create synergy.

     

    Indeed, arts tech as a global trend is seen to be disrupting cultural ecosystems worldwide – economies around the world such as the UK, South Korea, and Taiwan, have all laid out innovative policies in recent years that actively call to action, collaborations and convergences between the realms of arts and of technology, thus presenting no better time for Our Hong Kong Foundation to announce a new report on arts innovation.

     

    Entitled ‘Innovating Creative Cultures—Arts Tech’, the study is Hong Kong’s first policy recommendation paper that calls to action, creative and technology professionals to work together. As a new genre and norm of the future, our report explains how arts tech can affect, influence, and even revolutionise how people perceive and respond to arts and culture in Hong Kong. As the figures show, the sector for Interactive Media, Software, Computer Games (IMSCG) under the cultural and creative industries (CCI) in Hong Kong significantly outperforms the entire CCI in terms of contribution to GDP and employment, suggesting the IMSCG as the main driving force behind CCI’s overall value increase. Hence, vast opportunities await for a ‘blue ocean’ of arts tech to be captured, if Hong Kong can properly harness industry talents to further arts and technology development, and create a greater edge for Hong Kong’s position on the global stage. 

    Innovating Creative Cultures—Arts Tech

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    The report parses this discussion under the four main policy gaps of blueprint, funding, infrastructure, and networks, and offers corresponding policy recommendations that hope to drive arts tech development forward. We recommend first and foremost, the Government devises a cultural blueprint specific for arts tech, that brings cultural and technology sectors to work together, with commitments encompassing the establishment of a dedicated arts tech funding, a creative innovative research infrastructure, and a digital culture platform. For specifics, please refer to full report.

    Innovating Creative Cultures—Arts Tech

    Infographic designed by IOIO CREATIVE

    Our report hopes to kick-start a conversation across all related parties and government bureaux, and be part of a collective effort that recognises the importance of staying relevant, of innovating arts, and the myriad of new possibilities and opportunities that arts tech could bring, both for the industry and our city at large.


    2018-03-28
    Arts Innovation Research Series II – Celebrating the Inclusive Power of Arts

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    This report is a pioneering effort that acknowledges and calls attention to the inclusive power of arts in Hong Kong. We believe arts participation and creative engagement are particularly beneficial to the wellbeing of certain demographics, namely the elderly (including those with dementia), ex-offenders, at-risk youths, ethnic minorities, and the disabled (including those with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and specific learning difficulties (SpLD)).
     
    We propose for a more concerted government effort in making arts a solution for health and wellbeing when fostering a more inclusive society. We recommend the adoption of the arts more resourcefully to nurture a healthy, vibrant and inclusive community, through a more resourceful mobilisation of arts therapists in health and social welfare sectors to reinforce medical-social collaboration, a sustained funding mechanism for arts projects with demonstrable social impact, and an innovative concept of “social prescribing” that allows patients to better access arts therapy and other activities of creative engagement within the community. 


    2016-11-24
    Arts Innovation | Policy Research Series

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    Our Hong Kong Foundation has published the first Arts Innovation Research Report, entitled ‘Unleashing our museums, Reforms toward a new governance model’. The research report argues that the full potential of Hong Kong’s museums can only be unleashed under a publicly-funded, autonomously managed governance model. It proposes that legislation be enacted to establish a statutory Museums Board to enliven the museums scene and increase Hong Kong’s competitiveness as a cultural hub.

    A vibrant museum sector is indispensable for a world-class city like Hong Kong. OHKF hopes that reforms of the governance model of our public museums would breathe new energy into the sector, for the benefit of the general public.

    Aside from museum governance, the Arts Innovation research series will also cover various topical issues, encompassing the visual arts, performing arts and popular culture, in an attempt to find new paths for the long-term development of Hong Kong.