Remarks by Ms Jennifer Lewis, Chairman of SIF’s Arts for Good Advisory Panel, at the Launch of Play Me, I’m Yours

Ms Rebecca Lee, Ms Claire Devine, Ms Jean Low, Directors of The Playtent
Mr Luke Jerram, Principal Artist of ‘Play Me I’m Yours’
Distinguished Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen

It gives me great pleasure to be here this afternoon to launch ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ with our partner, The Playtent Pte Ltd. The Singapore International Foundation (SIF) is proud to support this artistic collaboration between 25 artists and 25 social enterprises and social welfare organisations (SWOs) to give 25 donated pianos a new lease of life for the enjoyment of the local community. We like 25, because SIF is also 25 this year!

This meaningful collaboration truly reflects the possibilities of what arts can do in bringing people and communities together to effect positive social change. It aims to 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.

‘Play Me I’m Yours' is also part of SIF’s new Arts for Good initiative – centred on harnessing the power of the arts and culture in connecting Singaporeans and world communities to foster greater understanding and effect positive social change.

The SIF Arts for Good initiative encompasses a whole suite of activities throughout this year – from an arts exhibition done by the visually-impaired communities in Singapore and Malaysia, to a forum comprising arts practitioners from Singapore and the United Kingdom on the role of the arts as a medium of empowerment for the disabled. Our mission is to 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. You can get more details on these exciting upcoming activities from the SIF website.

In this new Arts for Good initiative, SIF has also joined hands with many other local and international partners ranging from British, Malaysian and Indonesian artists, cultural institutions such as the British Council, National Arts Council of Singapore as well as private enterprises like the Shanghai People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (SPAFFC) and the Roslin Orphanage in Kupang, West Timor.

We are delighted that they share our vision to build a better world through the arts. Thank you for joining us and I hope you have an enjoyable evening with your family and friends!

 

 

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