Artists with Disabilities Ignition Scheme: Artist-in-Residence

Partnering Organization

Arts with the Disabled Association (ADA) and Lee Hysan Foundation

Project Period

September 2016 – 2019


40 students (increasing to 72-80 students in subsequent years)

  • Ebenezer School (visual impairments)
  • Hong Kong Red Cross John F. Kennedy Centre (physical impairments)
  • Sam Shui Natives Association Lau Pun Cheung School (intellectual impairments)
  • Rotary Club of HK Island West Hong Chi Morninghope School (intellectual impairments)

Among the 5 components in the Scheme, the Foundation supports the component INCUBATE with Artists-in-Residence training in 4 special schools of an arts programme for students with disabilities.

Artist-in-Residence: How it works

Students with disabilities often miss out on access to high quality teaching in the arts and nurturing of their talents. This project, by targeting schools for children with special needs, sparks the artistic potential of talented young people with disabilities, developing their skills, and even paving the way for them to aspire to a career in the arts.

Interested students are firstly invited to apply to the programme. They will then receive 120 hours per year, across a three year period, of in-depth training workshops in a specific art form:

  • Pottery (Sam Shui Natives Association Lau Pun Cheung School)
  • Visual Art (Hong Kong Red Cross John F. Kennedy Centre)
  • Dance (Rotary Club of HK Island West Hong Chi Morninghope School)
  • Music (Ebenezer School)

Artists-in-residence and volunteers

Professional artists lead the student workshops, giving encouragement and inspiration, and providing high quality teaching. Some artists on the teaching teams have disabilities themselves, serving not just as teachers but as role models to students.

The workshops also draw on a team of volunteers, including parent-volunteers, who undergo training in how to assist, such as learning about their school’s particular art form, in the do’s and don’t’s of the creative process, and hands-on experience in the creative process.


Life skills focus

The training covers:
  • Skills in the chosen arts discipline
  • Character education
  • Communication techniques
  • Presentation skills
  • Professional practices