ABOUT THE BOOK/
In March 2000, the Ministry of Information and the Arts (MITA) published a significant document entitled The Renaissance City Report: Culture and Arts in Renaissance Singapore. The report set out to do a number of things, among them the development of infrastructure and “software” of the arts. Dr Ruth Bereson, then Fellow at the Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore, promptly organised a one-day forum in October, to investigate and discuss various points raised in the Renaissance City Report with arts practitioners, arts administrators fellow academics and policy-makers including officers from the National Arts Council.
This publication is the result of the vigorous discussion and dialogue that took place that day. It includes a foreword and the speech made by Mr. David T.E. Lim (Minister of State for Defence and Information and the Arts), the keynote address by arts educationalist, Emeritus Professor John Pick of City University, London and selected proceedings of the two panel discussions on building of arts infrastructure and the tension between cultural policy and artistic integrity.
ABOUT THE EDITOR
Dr. Ruth Bereson is currently Assistant Professor of Practice and Associate Director of the Program in Arts Management at Teachers College, Columbia University (U.S.A). Her background is that of an arts manager having worked in government and the private sector in the fields of policy development, festival management, visual and performing arts in a number of countries. Her most recent paper, in collaboration with Wee Liang Ton, entitled “The Effective Implementation of Arts and Cultural Policy in Singapore” was presented at the 6th International Conference of Arts Management in Brisbane (July 2001). Her next publication will be The Operatic State: Cultural Policy and the Opera House by Routledge (2002).