Gifted students identified as part of the final phase of assessments for the Talent Development Programme for Visual & Performing Arts

The Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), have completed the final phase of student assessments for the second year of the Talent Development Programme for Visual & Performing Arts.

The assessments took place at Manarat Al Saadiyat in Abu Dhabi, Al Qattara Arts Centre in Al Ain Region and Al Marfa Centre in Al Dhafrah Region, where a number of professional artists participated in the process of identifying gifted students in visual and performing arts, with a view to providing them with the necessary support to develop their abilities and foster their artistic potential.

Students portrayed enormous potential in several different areas of visual arts such as sculpture, painting, calligraphy, graphic design, and photography and in the category of performing arts, where they excelled in oud, rababa, piano, voice, ballet and drama.

Students in this phase were required to present their artworks to the assessment committee in order to be qualified to join the Talent Development Programme.


Over 950 students applied to the programme out of which 300 students, including people of determination, were shortlisted to undergo the final phase of assessments.

Dr. Muna Al Ameri, ADEK’s Acting Gifted and Talented and People of Determination Director, highlighted efforts exerted to develop student talents through integrated plans that support visual and performing arts, providing standard-based programmes that have been designed by a group of experts and specialists in the arts.

“We seek to prepare children to participate in different internationally-recognized events and competitions, reflecting our ambitious leadership’s vision to promote Abu Dhabi as a cultural hub,” she said.


Ranya Nasser, Education and Outreach Director, DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “We are motivated by the talent and energy of these inspiring youth, and to continue to grow our collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge, while further developing our programmes that target gifted students. Nurturing and preparing students through a variety of programmes will enable them to pursue their creative dreams and contribute to enhancing Abu Dhabi’s cultural and artistic future.”

The new students accepted into the programme will begin their classes and training by January 2019, with 40 students in Abu Dhabi, 40 students in the Al Ain Region and another 40 in the Al Dhafrah Region.

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