Moving beyond the art-as-service paradigm

The evolution of arts and disability in Singapore

Authored by: Justin Lee , Shawn Goh , Sarah Meisch Lionetto , Joanne Tay , Alice Fox

The Routledge Handbook of Disability Arts, Culture, and Media

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9780815368410
eBook ISBN: 9781351254687
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A substantial part of the arts done for, with, and by people with disabilities has largely been framed in terms of its therapeutic goals. This chapter examines how the field of arts and disability has evolved in Singapore, investigates the structural reasons for this change, and highlights some of its consequences. We also discuss new possibilities and the potential for moving beyond this ‘art-as-service’ paradigm and the value of a ‘disability arts’ that has expressive, aesthetic, and political agendas.

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