ArtSEAArtSEA is a digital arts resource package that aims to connect children and youth from different cultural backgrounds and increase access to contemporary Southeast Asian art forms through creative, quality art activities and programming. Download it here.
World Wisdom MapWorld 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 inspired a series of artworks by Southeast Asian artists and students, insightful data narratives, and a publicly accessible educational module. These have been 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.
Legends of the SEALegends of the SEA is an art activity book exploring the materials, techniques and processes that go into the art practices of regional artists. It was created with the aim to bring joy and life lessons to children of underserved communities in Southeast Asia through art, play and storytelling. Based on the regional artists’ artworks, 15 activities were designed for children aged 7 to 11 years to help them build safe spaces for self-expression, artistry and creativity. Inspired by historical and contemporary stories of courage, hope and resilience, the book included lesson plans for art educators. It was distributed widely to government and community schools in the region, accompanied by art workshops.
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.
Download the free digital book here (available in English, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Melayu, Tagalog and Thai).
SAME-SAMESAME-SAME is a collaboration between No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability (Adelaide, Australia) and Diverse Abilities Dance Collective Maya Dance Theatre (Singapore). It is an online, inclusive cross-border dance and theatre production that focuses on friendship, where seven differently-abled performers from both countries came together and highlighted their experiences living in the time of COVID-19.
The production was directed by SIF Arts for Good Fellow Jeffrey Tan (Singapore), Director of Theatre Today, and Emma Beech (Australia), an independent theatre artist. It was produced in collaboration with Subastian Tan (Singapore) from Maya Dance Theatre and Michaela Cantwell (Australia) from No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability. Watch the performance highlights here.
Stay Home QuiltThe Stay Home Quilt project featured quilt patches sewed by people from all walks of life in Singapore, including 64 migrant workers and 80 volunteers, during the COVID-19 lockdown period. Through the project, the contributors shared their experiences and feelings at the time. Individual patches were stitched together to form a quilt house that was displayed at the Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre. Selected patches and their stories were digitally exhibited and shared with the rest of the world on Instagram.
Led by Singaporean artist Jimmy Ong, together with Arts for Good Fellows Lin Shiyun (Singapore) and Francis Sollano (The Philippines), Stay Home Quilt is a heart-warming example of the power of the arts to uplift spirits and connect communities in times of crisis.
Learn more about Stay Home Quilt here.
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Gift A SongGift A Song is a collaborative project between the SIF and musicians in Singapore to bring cheer to world communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Led by Singaporean music veteran and SIF Citizen Ambassador Clement Chow, 16 talented homegrown artistes recorded song dedications from their home to lift spirits with music. Heart-warming dedications were received from people around the world, sending messages of encouragement, gratitude, love, and hope to communities affected by COVID-19. Recipients included those struggling due to the crisis – migrant workers, small business owners or people coping with strained mental health, as well as those at the frontline of the fight against the virus.
SIF Patron and Singapore’s President Madam Halimah Yacob dedicated the SIF theme song “Better World, Brighter Future” to all Singaporeans and friends from overseas communities. The song was to encourage everyone to stand united, stay safe and look after one another so that the community could emerge stronger from the crisis.
Enjoy the full playlist of 88 song dedications on our YouTube channel.
Arts and Disability Forum 2020The Arts and Disability Forum (ADF) 2020 welcomed over 200 participants from more than 20 countries and featured speakers from Australia, India, Malaysia, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.
Held virtually for the first time since its inception in 2016, the three-day forum was themed “Cultivating Collaborations, Increasing Access”. It facilitated discussions on a broad range of topics such as creating social impact in lesser known areas of society, successes and challenges in collaborations, and the concept of “aesthetic access”. The forum concluded with a series of workshops conducted by the panellists, demonstrating how to translate theory into practice.
Read more about ADF 2020 here.