Singapore Insights: Cultural Intersections for Social Impact

Singapore Insights: Cultural Intersections for Social Impact gathered over 100 participants from the public, private and people sectors to examine how multi-sectorial collaborations through the arts can create, and have created, positive social changes in the communities they have touched.

Distinguished panellists included Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills, Executive Director of the Disabled People’s Association of Singapore; Mr Colin Goh, Founder and CEO of The RICE Company Limited; Ms Annie Yeo, Head for Corporate Social Responsibility in Asia at Deutsche Bank; and Mr Kenneth Kwok, Assistant Chief Executive at the National Arts Council. The panel was moderated by Ms Melissa Sim, Assistant Life Editor of The Straits Times.

Panellists shared their insights and their own experiences, having collaborated across sectors in their own work for many years. They discussed building ecosystems to tap on for resources, their own roles as connectors, and the benefits of working across sectors.

Singapore Insights: Cultural Intersections for Social Impact was organised in association with SIF’s Artists for a Better World programme, which brought together artists, arts administrators, programmers and social welfare organisations from across the world to examine how the arts can improve lives for persons with disabilities. 

SIF Advisory Panel Chairperson Ms Jennifer Lewis outlined the SIF’s vision to bring multi-sectorial communities together to improve our way of life in increasingly-urban environments.
(L-R) Panellists included Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills (Disabled People’s Association of Singapore Executive Director), Mr Colin Goh (The RICE Company Limited Founder and CEO) Ms Annie Yeo (Deutsche Bank Head for Corporate Social Responsibility in Asia) and Mr Kenneth Kwok (National Arts Council Assistant Chief Executive) and moderator Ms Melissa Sim (Assistant Life Editor of The Straits Times).
Over 100 participants gathered to examine how collaborations from the public, private and people sectors through the arts can create social transformation in the communities they have touched.
Ms Annie Yeo shared how private entities such as Deutsche Bank fund arts-based initiatives as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility programmes, as it believes in the transformative power of the arts to impact communities positively.
Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills stressed the importance of collaboration and working outside one’s own community of practice to create beneficial programmes in the longer term.
Mr Colin Goh discussed how The RICE Company collaborated with The Business Times to identify and train underprivileged children in the arts to encourage creative entrepreneurship and help them gain confidence.
Mr Kenneth Kwok shared how the National Arts Council of Singapore plays the role of cross-sectoral matchmaker by connecting artists to sectors that can train them to carry out initiatives for social transformation and community-building.
Panellists from Singapore Insights: Cultural Intersections for Social Impact with the SIF Arts for Good Advisory Panel Chairperson Jennifer Lewis.
Participants from SIF’s Artists for a Better World (ABW) programme took part in the dialogue. The inaugural ABW brought together artists, arts administrators, and professionals from social welfare organisation around the world to examine how the arts can improve lives for persons with disabilities.
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