Dishing up Culture and Art

From basketball moves to traditional dress-making and cooking, our international friends and youths from an arts academy take a peek into each others’ lives.

From singing songs to sharing tales and traditional dishes from their home culture, international friends in Singapore have been partnering with us on a cross-cultural community arts project to enrich the lives of youths at the Little Arts Academy.

Its Arts Connection: Little by Little social programme has attracted volunteers from such places as Peru, the US, Belgium, the UK and Vietnam.

Former professional basketball players Gabriel Pitts, Bernie Williams and Jerel Chevis joined other members of the American Association of Singapore on a recent visit to talk about the sport and demonstrate some moves and tricks for the youths, who are from low-income families. They then baked cookies together.

Volunteers from the Vietnamese community at the National University of Singapore shared stories about the ao dai, the country’s traditional costume. The children were given a chance to design their own ao dai and learn how to make Vietnamese salad rolls known as goi cuon tom thit.

The youths at the arts academy have also been exposed to British stories, Peruvian dishes, Belgium waffles and Smurfs comic characters, while volunteers get to see the youths in a different light when they are invited back for an arts showcase.

If you’d like to share a short story, song, dance or food that is representative of your culture, and partner us to enrich lives by connecting people and communities through art and culture, we’d love to hear from you at

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