Almost 1,500 people have benefited from a fund that supports art programmes for those in the social service sector, particularly vulnerable youth and elderly.
The $1.5 million WeCare Arts Fund was launched in May last year.
Under it, art programmes can receive up to S$5,000 and artists can work with Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) to tap the fund.
The National Arts Council and the five Community Development Councils (CDCs) it partnered to initiate the fund help match VWOs with suitable artists.
“The WeCare Arts Fund is an excellent example of where we bring different partners together to do good, and reach out to more people in the community – to care for the community and to help the vulnerable to lead healthy and meaningfully-engaged lives,” said Dr Teo Ho Pin, Mayor of North West District. He was speaking on Thursday (May 21) at a tea session to mark a year since the fund was launched.
The session was a way for the CDCs, artists, and representatives from VWOs to meet and exchange ideas on how arts can be used to engage beneficiaries within the social service sector.
Several artworks from among the 50 projects supported by the fund were also on display.
“I hope that impact we have made to the lives of the beneficiaries, including the artists, will continue to be a motivation for us to do more for the community,” Dr Teo said.
He added that participants should be encouraged to move beyond just taking part in the arts programmes, but to become active volunteers to spearhead more of such programmes.