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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30 October 2017
In the Spirit of ‘Gotong Royong’ (Community Cooperation), Singaporean and Indonesian Artists Collaborate on the Arts for Social Impact

Artists from both countries put together ‘Songs from the Heart of Kupang’ music album to fundraise for the Roslin Orphanage in Indonesia.

13 October 2017
Strengthening Meaningful Connections between the US and ASEAN

How should ASEAN’s strategy evolve to build capacity at the people-to-people level? What kind of initiatives can deepen integration and cultivate shared values among US and ASEAN communities? Thought leaders from the US and Singapore...

4 October 2017
Singapore and Cambodia Collaborate to Bring Clean Water To Over 70,000 Cambodians

Four-year project in Siem Reap builds on success of previous Water for Life projects, augments Cambodian government’s goals and global efforts to provide universal access to safe drinking water.

10 November 2017
Songs from the Heart of Kupang

Indonesian and Singaporean artists came together to effect positive change through The Kupang Project, a year-long collaboration in 2016 under the SIF Arts for Good initiative. The artists collaborated to introduce arts-based activities into the...

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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