The Singapore International Foundation (SIF)’s Arts for Good (A4G) Projects bring together artists and different sectors of society to create arts-based initiatives to enhance cross-cultural understanding and create social impact. Through this programme, we harness the power of arts and culture to foster inclusive communities, enable livelihoods and promote sustainable urban living.

At the SIF, we recognise that the COVID-19 situation has impacted the arts and culture scene globally. We are ramping up our A4G Projects to help support arts practitioners and
their arts-based initiatives.

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Ongoing A4G Projects

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SAME-SAME is an online, inclusive collaboration between No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability (Adelaide, Australia) and Diverse Abilities Dance Collective, DADC (Singapore). A cross-border dance and theatre production that focuses on friendship, seven differently abled performers from both countries will come together and highlight their experiences living in the time of COVID-19.

Directed by SIF Arts for Good Fellow Jeffrey Tan, Director of Theatre Today with Emma Beech, an independent theatre artist, SAME-SAME is produced in collaboration with Subastian Tan from Maya Dance Theatre and Michaela Cantwell from No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability. Concurrent performances will be held in person in Adelaide, Australia and online in Singapore in November 2020.

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ArtSEA is a digital arts resource package that aims to connect children and youth from different cultural backgrounds and increase their accessibility to local art forms through building creative, digital arts experiences. Highlighting 10 Southeast Asian artists, the resource package will be accompanied by trainer workshops, as well as a social media club for participants and trainers to access additional learning resources and form international connections.

The project will also work with 10 children and youth communities across Southeast Asia using the designed curriculum and materials, to provide them opportunities for exposure and access to quality art activities and programming. The ArtSEA team comprises three SIF Arts for Good Fellows—Kristin Dwek from the United States of America, and Teng Zi Ying and Rebekah Lin from Singapore.

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Legends of the SEA

Legends of the SEA is an art activity book exploring the materials, techniques and processes that go into the art practices of Southeast Asian artists. Based on the artworks of regional artists and craftspeople, the activities are designed for children aged 7 to 11 years to introduce the basic concepts of art making while preserving regional cultural and artistic heritage. Inspired by historical and contemporary stories of courage, hope and resilience, the book includes lesson plans for art educators and will be distributed to government and community schools in the region.

Legends of the SEA is a collaboration among five SIF Arts for Good Fellows across four countries – Lee Hui Ling and Soonufat Supramaniam from Malaysia, Evelyn Ghozalli from Indonesia, Loh Wan Ting from Singapore, and Pia G. Ortiz-Luis from the Philippines. Get your free digital copy here!

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In A New Light

In a New Light is an international online performance collaboration between artists and children in Scotland, Bangladesh, and Singapore, who face barriers to access the arts. Children and youth from each country will work together with three experienced artists — Gudrun Soley Sigurdardottir (Edinburgh, Scotland), Kamruzzaman Shadhin (Balia, Bangladesh), and SIF Arts for Good Fellow Renee Chua (Singapore)—to explore their collective voices in the current ecological crisis. The group will come together online and embark on a variety of tasks that encourage creativity, reflection and collaboration, culminating in a contemporary performance with original text, movement and song, centred around their responses to the crisis. The project will also be showcased at the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival in 2021 through a performance film.

Led by SIF Arts for Good Fellow Fiona Ferguson, In A New Light is a partnership between The Artground (Singapore), Gidree Bawlee Foundation of Arts (Bangladesh) and Imaginate (Scotland).

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World Wisdom Map

World Wisdom Map is an interactive digital map that documents life lessons of individuals from each of the 195 countries in the world, including personal reflections over the COVID-19 pandemic. The map includes curated collections such as a special deep dive of life lessons from Singapore, as well as contributions from diverse global changemakers. This unique database of stories has also inspired a series of exclusive artworks by Southeast Asian artists and students from India and Singapore, insightful data narratives, and a publicly accessible educational module—all of which are designed to further amplify the inspiration and impact of each story and promote multi-cultural learning and exchanges among global communities.

World Wisdom Map is led by SIF Arts for Good Fellow Deepak Ramola and his team from Project FUEL in India. Explore the map here!

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