Local Music and Art Forms, Category 8
Brief Descrption of Our Community:
"We the citizens of Singapore, pledge ourselves as one united people. Regardless of race, language or religion..." Indeed, as our pledge so boldly proclaims, one of the greatest achievements of Singapore is the fact that the various races are able to co-exist in harmony. Due to the fact that Singapore a tiny island in South-East Asia, the entire population can be considered as our "community". Amid the hustle and bustle of their fast-paced city lives, many Singaporeans tend to neglect the local music and arts scene which has been growing rapidly in recent years. Our hope is that through this project, people would become more aware of the vibrant music and arts scene here, and hopefully become more active in it.
Summary of our Project:
Local music and art has been sadly neglected over the years in Singapore. Our project aims to let both Singaporeans and the world know that the multi-racial and once-immigrant Singaporean community has gradually developed a new and interesting art sense that is unique to this country.
People the world over have the impression that Singapore is a bland and dilute mix of cultural and belief systems without any definite result. On the contrary, the merging of the various ethnic cultures has left us with a cultural mirage that has a striking impact in our lives.
We strive to prove that racial harmony is possible to achieve in spite of a broad spectrum of traditions and beliefs, and also to educate everyone on the local art scene which is unique to Singapore by giving them a comprehensive look at what this tiny island has to offer.
Our Project Sound Bite:
This project has taught the students involved to work cohesively and efficiently to produce the best possible results, and also how to manage our time so that our schedules would not clash.
During the course of our research, we have learnt many things about the local cultural and art scene that we were previously unaware of. These additional bits of information have given us a better understanding of our country's heritage and the sources from which our traditions and belief systems were derived. This has helped us tremendously in our History and Moral Education lessons as we now have a deeper insight into the workings of our society and a better look at the practices of our racial counterparts.
In order to successfully complete our Cyberfair project, we employed the use of several tools such as digital cameras, fax machines, scanners, video cameras and various audio equipment. We were also given the opportunity to fully utilise and improve on our skills in some powerful programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Netscape Navigator, GiifBulider and AppletAce etc.
In order to acquire the necessary information for our project, we had to fax several sources like the Ministry of Information and Arts, and Substation. In the process, we had to tell them about our Cyberfair project.4. What has been the impact of your project on your community?
Many Singaporeans have the preconceived notion that our country's local music and art scene is both unestablished and boring. We have attempted to prove that this is a misconception and that although young, our local arts and music scene is very much alive and kicking.
Foreign visitors to the page would get a glimpse into the Singaporean scene, and would-be tourists can derive information from our site and therefore know what to anticipate. Our site gives an overall view of the local arts and music situation from which students can gain information for their own school projects. Most of all, we have also tried to spark the interest of people so that they can contribute to and hopefully be more active in the music and arts scene here.
Who has looked at your Web pages, and how it has helped them?
Many Singaporeans are aware of the fact that there is an existing music and arts scene here. However, due to the fact that it is not widely publicised, only a minority of the people know just how well-established it is. Many students in our school had the opporutnity to view our site, and they were raised to new levels of conciousness of the unique culture in Singapore. A number of students were also required to do research for their various projects, and some made use of our site to derive extensive information and to gain more knowledge.
First of all, a large amount of credit goes to our school, CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls' School for encouraging us to take part in this competition in order to gain more experience, and then giving us tremendous support when we agreed to undertake this project. Special thanks goes to the teachers in charge of the Computer Club, Miss Quek Soo Hiang and Mrs Koh Ming Hwee, for giving us an endless stream of invaluable advice and for being extremely accomodating. Credit also goes to Goh Beng Yeow, who has been our coach and advisor during the course of our project, to our parents for being supportive and understanding. Lee Wansie of the National Computer Board and Gabriel Png of Catholic High School also deserve mention for giving us their advice and comments during the initial stages of the development of our website.
Discoveries, lessons an surprises are an inevitable part of our lives. Needless to say, during the course of our project, the students involved have all gained knowlegde in one way or another. For some, it was the awakening of an interest in our local music and arts scene, while for others, it was an opportunity to polish up on our HTML skills. However, the most valuable thing that all of us learnt was how to work together as one efficient team, and how to manage our time in the midst of our busy lifestyles.