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NCNU indigenous heritage project shortlisted for MOC's public art awards

The 7th Public Art Awards organized by the Ministry of Culture held an open call at the start of this year that received 236 submissions from the nation’s 18 cities and counties. Of the 37 applicants including this university that made the shortlist, six prizes are in play — the Excellence Award, Artistic Creation Award, Environmental Immersive Award, Public Participation Award, Education Outreach Award, and Civic Public Art Award.

Apart from permanent installations, more temporary and project-oriented artworks are now receiving nominations in recent years, bringing more civic energy and academic prowess into the public art sector and enhancing Taiwan’s soft powers in a visibly positive manner.

Deputy Minister of Culture Hsiao Tsung-huang (蕭宗煌) led the jury panel to National Chi Nan University on July 20 for a field survey on a shortlisted artwork. The Ministry of Culture’s recognition of the on-campus aboriginal culture park, which houses a Seediq barn and an Atayal bamboo house in addition to the Paiwan-style slate house newly constructed by NCNU’s Indigenous Education (IE) program, is a milestone for the university’s public art initiatives, President Dr. Oliver Yuhlong Su noted.

The reconstructed slate house is now being used as an educational space for special projects in addition to deepening the campus community’s understanding of public and indigenous arts, Dr. Su added. This also helps to broaden public participation, collegial interest, and social relations.

NCNU’s IE and COF programs have re-created a traditional Paiwan slate house that houses elegant artworks archetypical of indigenous craftsmanship while constructing a dynamic shared space that reflects the Nantou-based Taiwanese university unique character.

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