- $1 Million WeCare Arts Fund for 2 years
Singapore, 4 September 2017 – The National Arts Council (NAC) and the Community Development Councils (CDCs) renewed their partnership by setting aside $1 million for the WeCare Arts Fund over the next two years, for programmes that make arts inclusive, use arts to make friends and promote self-confidence among the less advantaged and underserved communities.
2 Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth witnessed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing by the Chairman of Mayors’ Committee, Ms Low Yen Ling, and NAC Chief Executive Officer Mrs Rosa Daniel, and also officiated the opening of the WeCare Arts Exhibition, which runs from 3 to 14 September 2017 at Our Tampines Hub. Hosted by the five District Mayors, the event was a milestone for the WeCare Arts Fund, first launched in 2014. In conjunction with Silver Arts Festival 2017 and 20th Anniversary of the CDCs, the exhibition featured unique artworks created by seniors from five participating social service organisations, who were guided by artists as they weaved in their personal stories in their works (Please refer to Annex B for more details of the exhibition).
3 The WeCare Arts Fund is funded through the NAC’s ArtReach initiative to promote arts access to the social service sectors for wellness, intervention and rehabilitation.
4 As part of SG Cares @CDC, the CDCs administer the WeCare Arts Fund programme so that the less advantaged and the vulnerable can enjoy arts, make new friends through the process, and inculcate the mindset of lifelong learning to learn new skills (Please refer to Annex A for more details of the WeCare Arts Fund).
5 “The CDCs are happy to continue this collaboration with NAC. Since it started in 2014, the Fund has enabled many Social Service Organisations to integrate arts as part of their programming to promote self-confidence among the vulnerable in society, particularly among our youths and elderly. It is most heartening to see the joy that the programme has brought to the lives of our people, allowing them to express freely and creatively, learn new skills and make new friends. I like to thank NAC for its continued support in this meaningful programme”, said Ms Low Yen Ling, Chairman of Mayors’ Committee and Mayor of South West District.
6 Mrs Rosa Daniel, CEO, NAC, said, “The arts can help to foster inclusivity among our communities, and the WeCare Arts Fund is a meaningful scheme that enables artists and groups to impact lives among the underserved. We encourage more organisations in the social sector to recognise the value of the arts in enhancing the well-being and personal growth of their beneficiaries. We are confident that artists and groups looking to engage with the social sector through the arts will find the support offered by the Fund useful.”
7 Artist Alexandria Neoh, who worked with seniors from Thye Hua Kwan Moral Charities Bedok Radiance Senior Activity Centre, shared, “It has been a wonderful experience working with the seniors for this WeCare Arts Fund project. I have realised the arts can be a powerful tool to empower seniors, to encourage them, showing them that although they may be advanced in years, they can still learn new things and create good works. It has been really inspiring for me – not just in teaching them, but also realising I have learnt much from them too.”
Speeches for download:
Welcome Address by Mrs Rosa Daniel, CEO, National Arts Council
Speech by Ms Low Yen Ling, Chairman of Mayors' Committee and Mayor of South West District