Different Strokes, Common Canvas

Though we represent different cultures, creeds and convictions, we share something in common: we want to make the world better.

How each person does that may be different in approach, substance or nuance. But like the paintings, every brush stroke counts on the canvas.

Team bonding events are often tricky – you never know if staff will take to the activity, enjoy the session and actually bond.

Folks are different: some want robust activity, others like things more laid back; some embrace the exotic, others are comforted by the familiar.

So when we were told that we were going “art jamming”*, some of us were less than keen.

“I can’t draw to save my life”, “I haven’t painted since secondary school” and “what on earth is art jamming anyway?” were some of the comments heard.

But it wasn’t really about drawing or painting, of course, or even jamming.

It was about celebrating, and not just the fact that we had 20 years under our belt as a foundation.

Some of the paintings we produced.

Each one of us was asked to come up with one word to describe what we thought SIF does, and then in teams, to interpret that on canvas.

Some painted shyly, some with aplomb. Some were clearly good at it. Others, well, we just had fun!

But everyone really got into it.

And when the paint was dry and the aprons put away, it became clear that though we come from different backgrounds and represent a mishmash of cultures, creeds and convictions, we share something in common: we want to make the world better.

How each person does that may be different in approach, substance or nuance. But like the paintings, every brush stroke counts on the canvas.

*Art jamming is a way of combining art with social networking. It involves free-style painting and is suitable even for those who may have little or no drawing skills.

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22 April 2013
Making Every (Paint) Drop Count

Aiming to build rapport and re-connect with our volunteers, the Singapore International Foundation organised an art jamming session for our Singapore International Volunteers (SIVs) and their friends on World Water Day on 22 March.

10 October 2018
YSE 2018 Mumbai Workshop

The Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) 2018 Mumbai Workshop was held from 26 to 29 September 2018 as part of a series of workshops organised by the SIF to reach out to more young social entrepreneurs around the world. Into its second edition, the 2018...

17 September 2018
SIF Better Together

Singaporean actress Oon Shu An and writer-host Jemimah Wei hit the road with our mobile library in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, joining the team of Singapore International Volunteers on the SIF's signature Words on Wheels programme.

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