1. Art-Flower Seed School
2. The operation and promotion of the educational programs at the National Gugak Center (Gugak Academy)
The Art-Flower Seed School project is to give every student of the small schools (with fewer than 400 students) in culturally isolated rural and fishing villages the access to one kind of artistic activity, at least. It is aimed at narrowing the cultural divide for the students, fostering their creativity and self-esteem, and cultivating their cultural sensitivity.
The objective of the operation of the educational program at National Gugak Center is to help all generations of people enjoy gugak (Korean traditional music) as a daily routine.
The project implements arts and cultural education not only for students but also teachers and parents and operates the program in conjunction with the regular curriculum. It provides specialized programs to each school and establishes a network among the Art-Flower Seed Schools. It also helps the schools to make progress together with the local community by utilizing local resources.
▪ The project is largely divided into seven sub-plans: ① operation of the state education and art experience programs for infants and children ② strengthening the gugak education for youths jointly with public institutions such as the Ministry of Education ③ support for gugak education at universities across the nation ④ fostering gugak lovers and operation of the gugak academy for professional artists ⑤ attending gugak performances and education in local communities ⑥ provision of on-line gugak education
▪ The seven sub-plans include programs for the following purposes: children’s experience of folk game, traditional art performance, and gugak; production and supply of gugak streaming for infants; support for gugak orchestra of youths; gugak and gugak profession experience programs for youths; training in art pedagogy for teachers; operation of the academy for professional artists; support for gugak concert at elementary schools; supply of gugak instructors to schools for the disabled students; provision of easy access to the gugak education, using the application, “Gugaknoriteo”; and development and distribution of gugak content such as animation in the theme of gugak.
The Art-Flower Seed School project is expected to play the role of a hub of arts and cultural education and vitalize the artistic and cultural activities at local communities. It would also help the students in culturally isolated areas enjoy cultural life.
The project assists the elementary and middle school students in enjoying sound leisure activities while learning gugak as part of their daily routine during their vacations. By providing the opportunity to experience the traditional culture, it helps them better understand gugak. It also gives the opportunity for the disabled students to learn gugak under the instructors dispatched to six schools for the disabled. Parents can also join the program for their children, and foreigners in Korea can also experience the traditional Korean instrument.
1. (as of 2017)
▪ A total of 55 schools. State subsidies of 60-80 million won are extended to each school for up to four years.
▪ After the termination of state subsidy, Shinhan Bank extends additional subsidy for up to two years in the name of the Art-Flower Seed School project.
2. 117,278 dollar (as of 2016)
The Art-Flower Seed School project has made the following achievements: support for the schools specializing in arts and culture (95 schools), increased number of students at small schools (by 10-50), vitalization of arts and cultural education at local communities (by utilizing local human and cultural resources) and the result presentation session (400 participants in 2016).