Welcome Remarks by Ms Jennifer Lewis, Chairperson of the SIFs Arts for Good Advisory Panel, at Singapore Insights: Cultural Intersections for Social Impact

Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Good afternoon and welcome to the latest edition of our series, Singapore Insights Creative Cities. Today, we look at how cultural intersections and the arts can promote sustainable urban development. In particular, to foster inclusive societies and enable livelihoods in our increasingly urban environments. The theme of this session is – ‘Cultural Intersections for Social Impact’.

The global population is growing at a remarkable rate. Today, more than half of humanity –  almost 4 billion people – are in cities. According to UNESCO, by 2050, every two out of three people are expected to live in cities. Amid this accelerated urban growth, culture can play an important role in creating thriving cities.

The New Urban Agenda by the United Nations acknowledges that culture can be used as a form of enrichment to help people play an active role in the sustainable development of cities. The Agenda represents a shared vision for a sustainable future where everyone has equal access to opportunities available in cities. To support that vision, we bring together Singaporeans and world communities to discuss themes examining innovations and means to improve our ways of life.

We are pleased to showcase the Singapore International Foundation’s Artists for a Better World pilot programme. It brings people from multiple sectors together to share knowledge and resources to harness the power of the arts for social impact. 

The programme comprises 29 participants from around the world such as from Singapore, India and Indonesia, and even from as far as Cyprus and Greece, just to name a few. They include artists, arts administrators and programmers from social welfare organisations. They will share their experiences and build capacity to create positive social change for persons with disabilities, as well as join an international Arts for Good community.

Bringing people together to share knowledge and ideas to foster understanding and spark collaboration to effect positive social change is a hallmark of SIF.  

And so we look forward to hearing from our panel of speakers from the private and public sectors. They will share insights into their own arts-based initiatives and collaborations to create positive social change. We welcome: Annie Yeo, Head for Corporate Social Responsibility in Asia at Deutsche Bank; Colin Goh, Founder and CEO of The RICE Company Limited; Kenneth Kwok, Assistant Chief Executive at the National Arts Council and Dr Marissa Lee Medjeral-Mills, Executive Director of the Disabled People’s Association of Singapore. The session will be moderated by Melissa Sim, Assistant Life Editor of The Straits Times.

I look forward to an afternoon full of insights into building sustainable cities. Thank you.





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