HKAPA names its on-campus expansion building as “TML Artist Block” in recognition of support from Toyo Mall Limited

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(From left) Mr Francis Law; Dr Elina Leung; Professor Stephen Chow; Professor Gillian Choa

The On-campus Expansion Building of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (the Academy) has been named after Toyo Mall Limited (TML) as “TML Artist Block”, in appreciation of the staunch support by TML. The generous donation from TML is a significant contribution to the establishment of an endowment fund to support the ongoing development of the Academy.

To recognise Toyo Mall’s support, the Academy organised a naming ceremony of TML Artist Block on September 24, 2021. The ceremony was officiated by the Executive Director of Toyo Mall Limited, Mr Francis Law; Dr Elina Leung; Academy Council Chairman, Professor Stephen Chow and Academy Director, Professor Gillian Choa.

Academy Council Chairman Professor Stephen Chow expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Mr Francis Law, Dr Elina Leung, and Toyo Mall for their generous donation and continued support. “This is the biggest gift the Academy has received in recent years. The Academy has successfully applied for the Government’s Eighth Matching Grant Scheme with this donation. The endowment fund established by the donation would provide important support to the Academy in nurturing students to become all-around performing artists.”

Mr Francis Law, Executive Director of Toyo Mall Limited, remarked, “We are very glad to be introduced to the Academy by Professor Stephen Chow and be provided a good understanding of the Academy’s mission and development. The Academy has remained the first in Asia for three consecutive years in the latest QS World University Rankings’ Performing Arts category, which has proven its great success. We are thankful to the Academy for naming this building ‘TML Artist Block’. We sincerely wish that the Academy will continue to nurture more outstanding performing artists and professionals for Hong Kong and scale new heights.”

Academy Director Professor Gillian Choa added, “The Academy has been facing many challenges under the pandemic, so we are particularly grateful for the generous donation from Mr Law, Dr Leung and Toyo Mall. The endowment fund established with their donation will provide stable support to the Academy’s developments.”