Updated: 05/20/2014 23:36

National Arts Council offers S$1.5m fund to boost arts among Voluntary Welfare Organisations

Mr Lawrence Wong & Ms Low Yen Ling making bags out of recycled t-shirts

Mr Lawrence Wong & Ms Low Yen Ling making bags out of recycled t-shirts (Photo: National Arts Counc

The National Arts Council has set up a $1.5 million fund, which Voluntary Welfare Organisations can apply for over the next three years, to develop arts activities. 

VWOs can apply for a grant of up to five thousand dollars for each artist-led programme. 

The WeCare Arts Fund is expected to result in hundreds of arts programme which will benefit youths and senior citizens. 

Freelance artist Catherine Chong explains how art can be therapeutic, especially for the elderly.

"They have the most time, so to say. And they gather at all these centres. And they have all the time together. So why not give them an activity to do something which is productive." 

Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong said the fund will also benefit the disadvantaged and vulnerable. 

"We have seen for example in some of the different projects we have done, how arts can really transform lives, how arts can give people more confidence to express themselves in new ways. we think that arts can be a very powerful medium, whether it be for rehabilitation or counselling."

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