Celebrating an Inclusive World through the Arts

The Singapore International Foundation (SIF) is honoured to have received the Patron of the Arts Award 2017 for the sixth consecutive year. We share this achievement with our partners, donors, Citizen Ambassadors and international friends who have collaborated with us in the field of arts to build a better world.

Patron of the Arts 2017 award

The Patron of the Arts 2017 award, by the National Arts Council, recognises organisations and individuals who have contributed significantly towards the development of the arts.

Through our many arts programmes, we have brought Singaporeans and the international community together for social good. Since 2000, our programmes have enabled more than 270 artists and arts groups to present their artworks in some 50 countries.

Among our latest initiatives is the Artists for a Better World  (ABW) programme, aimed at growing the Arts for Good ecosystem which harnesses the power of arts and culture to create positive social change. This edition of ABW explores how emerging professionals from the arts and social sector with an interest in using the arts for good can work with people with disabilities. This programme equips participants with the necessary skills to work with vulnerable communities, manage projects for greater social impact and connect with different stakeholders from the community.

The SIF also celebrates the work of Singaporean and global artists, cultural leaders, and partners from diverse sectors harnessing the power of the arts and culture to create positive social change through our biennial DiverseCity publication. The latest edition DiverseCity, features the work of 274 artists from September 2014 to September 2016 across 119 cities in 35 countries. 

A glimpse of some of the programmes that the SIF has run in the past year that harnesses the power of the arts for social impact. (Clockwise from top) Empowering Communities through Arts Education in India, CHAIRITY, Arts and Design Against Cancer in Indonesia, Art of Sustainability in China and the Arts & Disability Forum 2017 in Singapore.

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13 April 2018
Passionate Youths Find Their Footing in Social Entrepreneurship through YSE

The Young Social Entrepreneurs programme kickstarted its ninth edition with a four-day Workshop that took international youth participants on a learning journey designed to inspire, equip and enable them to grow into successful agents of change.

6 March 2018
Joining Hands for Safer Pregnancies, Healthier Babies

Three-year Singapore-Tamil Nadu partnership comes to a fruitful close after having trained 1,000 healthcare professionals and benefiting 100,000 pregnant mothers across the southern Indian state.

28 February 2018
Going Together, Going Further

29 international participants reconvened for the Artists for a Better World Study Visit in Kuala Lumpur where they gained insights on how diverse stakeholders can further boost the impact of harnessing Arts for Good.

16 May 2018
Enhancing Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services Programme in Surabaya

Some 200 Indonesian healthcare workers in Surabaya, Indonesia have been equipped with enhanced knowledge and skills to assess, treat and manage child and adolescent patients with emotional and behavioural issues. This follows a two-year...

4 September 2017
Friends for a Better World

Through the lens of National Geographic, find out how our Citizen Ambassadors help to build a Better World.

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