As Singapore aims to cultivate a stronger and more vibrant arts culture in Singapore, there must be space dedicated for creative expression, and provision of funding and opportunities for local artists and artistic organisations to grow and flourish.
In the same way, to cultivate greater interest and a sense of ownership in our community and nation, Singaporeans must have the space and opportunity to participate and express ourselves – creatively and responsibly.
This view of mine was reinforced after a chat over coffee with Faris – a young Singaporean who founded Social Creatives with the aim of promoting community art in Singapore. His social enterprise, like others in Singapore, faced challenges in pushing out its programmes but achieved much nevertheless. With support from the community, I hope Social Creatives will continue to thrive, introduce new artwork in our living spaces and contribute to the development of arts in Singapore.
[For those who may be interested, we were at a relatively new cafe, Yesterdae, that serves waffles and home-made gelato. It is set up by a young lady and is at Blk 86 Circuit Rd.]
And since we are discussing the topic on art, thought I will share this short video featuring community art, Social Creatives and our void deck art gallery in MacPherson.