As part of its mission, BeMA involves diverse communities in cultural and educational programs for the purpose of building a committed and engaged civil society. Therefore, and in the lead-up to its opening, BeMA is developing a series of educational programs for the Lebanese youth, which will ultimately support the national education policy by promoting concepts like dialogue, civic education, cultural diversity, and intercultural understanding.
In 2017, BeMA developed and launched, in partnership with the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education, an artist-in-residency program for Lebanese public schools. The program provides youth from different social and geographical backgrounds with the unique opportunity to acquire new skills and broaden their horizons by working with artists directly.
BeMA’s education program consists of a series of immersive classroom sessions led by an artist once to twice a week for a period of six to eight weeks. These activities are scheduled during the art period in the national curriculum.
The annual theme draws from a range of subjects that the students are learning, from the environment to our shared humanity, allowing them to think creatively and critically. In addition, the process offers a great learning opportunity for the professional development of the teaching staff as well as the artist. The benefits to the entire community are significant.
Each year, the program wraps up with an annual exhibition, a public event that brings together the entire school community, the children and their families.
Provide a space for dialogue and cultivate a sense of belonging.
Utilize the arts as a tool of expression to promote civic education, cultural diversity, and intercultural understanding.
Improve the academic success of students by offering a holistic approach that bridges formal education with social cohesion programs.
Foster an environment of exploration, critical thinking, and collective work in schools around a theme that highlights our shared humanity using the arts as a tool for expression.
Develop the artistic skills of both students and art teachers in public schools.
Train teachers to run similar programs and adopt new effective learning strategies demonstrated during the residencies.
Demonstrate the power of the arts in bringing communities together.
BeMA supports art education and research by granting a number of scholarships and grants to talented students or/and budding artists wishing to pursue graduate studies or research in Art, Fine Art, Art History, Museum Studies, Curation, and Art Conservation.
The Lebanese Ministry of Culture has loaned in perpetuity their Art Collection to the Beirut Museum of Art (BeMA) as the basis of BeMA’s permanent collection.
With over 3,000 works in the collection, spanning from the 19th Century to the present day, it offers a unique glimpse into the history of Lebanese Art.
Since 2017, this collection has been subject to restoration and conservation.
The future museum will house a state-of-the-art Conservation Lab on a mission to continue the preservation of the collection as well as be a regional center of excellence for art conservation.
The BeMA Conservation Scholarship will support students pursuing art conservation and restoration studies.
SELECTION CRITERIA & ELIGIBILITY
Scholarships are open to Lebanese citizens already accepted or enrolled in an accredited art conservation graduate program. Prospective applicants should possess an excellent academic record and preferably have completed a bachelor’s degree in Art History or Fine Arts.
Preference is given to those applicants demonstrating financial need; however, candidates of any background are encouraged to apply. The process is both merit and financial-based, and candidates are judged on the basis of academic excellence and professional potential.
Awardees should be prepared to devote a minimum of two years of paid work to BeMA.
• An academic transcript covering the last two years of study
• Two letters of recommendation, at least one from a professor
• Proof of acceptance to the academic program
• Motivation Letter in no more than 500 words
• Supporting documents about the financial status
Terms of the BeMA Scholarship Program
Eligible students will receive up to $10,000 USD. Awarded scholarships will be paid directly to the indicated University or program. Applicants must enroll in their chosen program during the same academic year for which they have applied for funding. If an applicant is unable to do so, for any reason, the Scholarship will be withdrawn.
BeMA Scholarship Recipient Requirements
The BeMA scholarships are awarded to a limited number of students per year. As such, we expect awardees to make the best out of their academic experience and adhere to the below requirements:
• The candidate must provide complete and correct information that is truthful to the best of their knowledge.
• The BeMA Scholarship awardee is expected to attend all classes and tutorials. Attendance will be monitored, and any student with an unacceptable attendance record may risk the termination of their Scholarship.
• Candidates must maintain good academic standing throughout their chosen programs.
• Scholarship holders may be asked to attend a select number of events, acting as an ambassador of the BeMA scholarship program. This could entail promoting the scholarship and its benefits to potential donors, and meeting scholarship supporters at these events, during and after course completion.
• Students who receive a scholarship from BeMA are encouraged to participate in a ‘giveback agreement,’ working in BeMA’s Conservation Department during the summer months or upon completion of the program. The details of the agreement are to be discussed between the student and BeMA.
• We expect candidates to conduct themselves with respect and dignity.
• BeMA reserves the right to revoke scholarships if the requirements are not met.
Inform BeMA if you:
• Change your details, such as your name, email, phone number etc.
• Change your university, college or course
• Relocate and have a different home, term time or parental address
• Become aware that the start or end dates of your course have changed, do not commence with the program, leave your course or are expelled
• Are absent from your course for more than 60 days due to illness
• Are absent for a period of time for any reason other than illness
• Get married
• Have plans to leave the country of study
Applications should be submitted online at the latest by July 15th,2022 to email@example.com
Shortlisted Applicants will be announced on July 25th, 2022