/ 8 June 2021

THE CAMPUS radio of the Visayas State University, with the help of Hawaii-based East-West Center, will launch a visual arts education program that will teach the use of visual arts to promote mental well-being and create awareness on environmental conservation and protection.

“The project will be funded as part of the 2021 EWC Innovation for Sustainable Development Fellows along with fifteen other funded projects across Asia and America,” VSU said.

“This educational broadcast is anchored on the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG No. 3 on Good Health and Well-being, and SDG No. 13 on Climate Action,” it added.

The university said that VSU Radio DYDC-FM, with a simulcast on its official Facebook page, will air modular virtual arts lessons for three months. All lessons will follow a rundown sequence patterned from a real classroom setup such as a roll call of students, the introduction of the lesson, review of the past lesson, giving of quizzes or exams and reading of feedback or comments from students.

“Target audience of this program is Filipino junior and senior high school students enrolled in the Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health subject including students who are enrolled in the Department of Education’s Special Program for the Arts,” it said.

“The program will enroll 100 to 120 students where they will be provided with visual art kits containing a canvas, inks, and brushes. Learners will also receive an electronic load subsidy. At the end of the program, a virtual coffee table book will be launched featuring 50 of the best outputs of the enrollees,” it added.

Jude Nonie Sales, a faculty member of DDC and head of the VSU Culture and the Arts Center, will be the main resource person for this project.

He will be joined by Ariana Loehr, 2019 East-West fellow based in London, United Kingdom.