The Singapore International Foundation Launches a New Initiative to Leverage the Arts for Good

The Singapore International Foundation (SIF) today announced the launch of a new Arts for Good initiative, centred on harnessing the value of arts and culture in connecting Singaporeans and world communities for positive social change.

Singapore, 9 March 2016 – The Singapore International Foundation (SIF) today announced the launch of a new Arts for Good initiative, centred on harnessing the value of arts and culture in connecting Singaporeans and world communities for positive social change.

Arts and culture can help foster inclusive communities by raising awareness and acceptance for people with disabilities, the aged and youth-at-risk, promoting sustainable urban living and enabling livelihood. Founded on this belief, SIF’s Arts for Good initiative seeks to bring artists, multi-sectorial partners and world communities together to collaborate for sustainable change and enable action for positive social impact.

“We believe in the power of collaborations and the value of arts and culture in doing good. It is our hope that through this initiative, we can connect Singaporeans and world communities together to promote awareness of social issues, share best practices and enable action for positive social impact through the arts, for a better world,” said Ms Jean Tan, Executive Director, Singapore International Foundation.

Encompassing a whole suite of activities set to roll out throughout the year, SIF’s Arts for Good 2016 calendar will kick off on Sunday 13 March 2016 with the internationally acclaimed event ‘Play Me, I'm Yours’. Organised in partnership with The Playtent Pte Ltd, ‘Play Me, I'm Yours’ is an artistic collaboration between 25 artists and 25 social enterprises and social welfare organisations (SWOs) in Singapore, working together to give 25 donated pianos a new lease of life, for the enjoyment of the local community. These pianos, each decorated by the artists, social enterprises and SWOs will be launched and collectively exhibited on 13 March 2016 at OCBC Square, Singapore Sports Hub. From Monday 14 March 2016 to Wednesday 6 April 2016, the decorated pianos will be exhibited in public spaces across the island to engage the community. Everyone is invited to participate by playing the pianos. Community events such as workshops and performances will also be held during this period to engage the community while raising awareness for the causes of the SWOs. ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ is the Singapore leg of an international artwork conceptualised by British artist Luke Jerram. Harnessing the power of the arts, this event aims to bring together the artistic community from Singapore and abroad to work with social enterprises and SWOs to build inclusive societies and effect positive change.

The Arts for Good initiative is powered by partnerships, a key pillar of SIF’s work to bring people together to foster greater understanding among communities for a better world. In upcoming events, we join hands with partners ranging from artists, cultural institutions and private enterprises such as the British Council, National Arts Council of Singapore and the Shanghai People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (SPAFFC).

Other Upcoming Arts for Good activities include:

  1. The Art of Sustainability (14 to 19 March 2016) – This is an exchange programme organised by SIF in partnership with the Shanghai People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (SPAFFC) featuring artists from Shanghai and Singapore collaborating through arts and culture to promote awareness and action towards sustainable urban living.
  2. The Arts and Disability Forum (29 to 31 March 2016) – This forum is presented in collaboration with the British Council and National Arts Council for dialogues and exchanges on the arts as a medium of empowerment for the disabled involving artists, corporates and beneficiaries from both Singapore and the United Kingdom.
  3. CHAIRITY Jakarta, Arts and Design Against Cancer (1 to 30 April 2016) – This is a platform for artists and designers from Singapore and Indonesia to harness their creative skills to raise awareness for cancer through the arts.
  4. Empowering Communities through Arts Education (6 to 15 May 2016) – This is a train-the-trainer programme organised in partnership with arts-based educator Esther Joosa and social welfare organisation Buds of Christ from India to use arts and culture to empower artists and social workers.

More information about these projects can be found on www.sif.org.sg/artsforgood.

 

 

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