The island of Bali in Indonesia has long been recognized for its many traditional art forms. Music and dance in particular have been celebrated for their contributions to world heritage. Originally these art forms were an outgrowth of the native Hindu religion. They were designed as offerings before the central Godhead to celebrate the grace of the human form. International appreciation for Balinese dance and music became the basis for much of the tourist interest in Bali.
Keeping the Foundation sustainable
The ARMA Foundation in Bali, Indonesia, was established in 1996 to promote and preserve Balinese art and culture. The Foundation is the administrative arm for a complex that includes a world class museum, a center for visual and performing arts including a dance and music Sanggar, or informal school. Hundreds of children, teenagers and adults have benefited from the ARMA Sanggar, which ARMA makes available without cost to local families. Many of these children have gone on to perform in their communities as skilled dancers and musicians. But now the continuation of the ARMA Sanggar program is under serious pressure, due to the declining income from donations of tourists.
The aim of this specific program is the preservation of the Legong Keraton of Peliatan within various aspects involves melody, movements, themes, narration, instrumental accompaniment, the systems of decoration, costuming, and staging. It also includes the socio-cultural and historical background.
The framework for the preparations of the program at ARMA has already been arranged. The work group involves a director, a secretary, and three expert members. It also includes two dance choreographers, two music composers (musicologists), two musicians, and three dancers with backgrounds of formal education and local artistic dedication supported by the Sanggar ARMA. The program’s management team is supplemented with artists, a photographer, an audio-visual technician, an anthropologist, and a historian of Balinese literature. This group is involved in the matter of describing their respective duties. The whole team has been working together since the preparation stage, researching, collecting and organizing data, to the stage of implementation of these studies and the evaluation of work.
The ARMA foundation has established and developed society’s appreciation of its mission through implementation of fundraising programs that guarantees the perpetuity of this cultural mission.
Within its vision of show-casing the uniqueness, vibrant, and diversity of the Indonesian and Balinese performing arts, the ARMA museum conducts a range of activities, including:
Dancing and music exercises in Sanggar ARMA;
Regular stage performances every, Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday,Saturday, full moon, and new moon;
Cultural workshops, such as painting, dancing, playing traditional music, sculpture, making offerings, batik painting, meditation, and weaving, etc.
Regular and incidental exhibitions
No fee is charged to local people attending a cultural workshop organized by the ARMA Museum, as the ARMA Foundation was created to support and preserve the Balinese culture.
Recent events have threatened the continuation of the traditional art forms. The shift within the Balinese society from an agrarian to an industrial livelihood was swift enough to make visible the lack of support for the arts. Globalization has brought a change in art making from one of balanced spiritual offering towards the basis for a wage system. Other factors include a lack of enduring documentation about traditional dance and music, and the significant loss of master teachers through age and passing
We hope that you will consider joining the ARMA Foundation with your financial support.
Mr. Agung Rai