BNP Paribas has been supporting Project WeCan, a business-in-community initiative organised by the Wharf Group, since 2014. BNP Paribas helps Man Kiu College to acquire the necessary facilities and services for its self-development and learning programmes. BNP Paribas’ staff is also encouraged to take their CSR leave to participate in a series of volunteer and exchange programmes with the school.
Since 2011, Project WeCan was established as an open platform for business sponsors to work closely with schools through financial commitment and/or volunteering support for the benefit of their students who lack support and resources. This programme aims to empower the students with opportunities and programmes that will nurture their confidence, as well as to inspire them to pursue higher education and develop a fulfilling career in the future. By September 2014, the number of schools being supported has increased three folds, from 14 to 44.
Artists-in-Residence is a multi-disciplinary arts education programme which aims at enhancing the appreciation of performing arts among secondary school students in Hong Kong. Supported by BNP Paribas and the BNP Paribas Foundation, and organised by HK Arts Festival, the Project brings top professional artists into secondary schools and develops students’ creativity through interactive arts training.
Birmingham Royal Ballet (UK), Compagnie 111 (France) Compagnie La Baraka (France), Scottish Ballet (UK), The Paper Cinema (UK) and Alessandro Sciarroni (Italy) and Michelle Dorrance (USA) were the previous residence artists of the project. PPS Danse (Canada) is the residence artist of the 2018 project, and more info can be found on the project’s Facebook page.
Artists-in-Residence is part of the Dream Up programme, a global education project managed by the BNP Paribas Foundation. This corporate philanthropy programme encourages the integration of socially excluded young people through arts practice. It is currently running in 26 countries on 5 continents and benefiting 30,000 children and young people each year.
2018 Artists-in-Residence Project
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