MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) through its Cultural Exchange Department organizes another virtual Apprenticeship Program for its Kaisa sa Sining (KSS) Regional Art Centers (RACs) nationwide this June 1-25, 2021 in partnership with the Arts Research and Training Institute in Southern Tagalog Inc. (ARTIST Inc.).
Launched in 2018 and continued to 2020, the program has provided mentorship for 67 apprentices from 19 provinces all over the country. Specifically designed for the arts and culture practitioners from the CCP KSS regional art centers in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, the program aims to provide support to the CCP KSS regional art centers in advancing the culture, arts, and theater management in the regions and enhance their competence level and skills.
In 2020, the program took a new form as a result of the ongoing pandemic and quarantine. The mentorship was done virtually and utilized the new media platforms to engage the participants from different provinces. For 2021, the same format will be used and the modules to be conducted include arts and production management, production design, venue operations, technical theater, and digital asset management trends and tools. CCP’s in-house experts will compose this year’s mentors and facilitators and other prominent resource speakers from the various fields. A series of colloquiums with arts and culture masters and specialists is also part of the program.
A total of thirty (30) apprentices have been accepted to the 2021 KSS Apprenticeship Program coming from 14 provinces and local communities: 13 apprentices from Luzon (Guiguinto, Malolos, Biñan, Legaspi, Angeles); 11 from Visayas (Bacolod, Murcia, Himamaylan, Dumaguete, Capiz, Catarman); and 6 from Mindanao (Iligan, Pagadian, Samal Islands).
With CCP continuously opening its doors for the regional practitioners to gain more knowledge and become more skilled at the different work areas in arts, culture, and theater management, the flourishing of arts, culture, and theater programs, events, and activities all over the country is anticipated.