Eight outstanding individuals have been awarded the National Arts Council (NAC) Arts Scholarship this year. The Scholarship nurtures remarkable individuals to be future arts leaders and game changers in pushing artistic boundaries as they inspire growth and drive the positive development of our local arts scene.
As a reflection of the rich diversity in Singapore’s vibrant arts ecosystem, this year’s NAC Arts Scholarship recipients comprise artists, arts managers and practitioners who will pursue their studies in various fields such as fine arts, arts management, arts pedagogy, and community arts. This speaks to the ability of the arts to impact many aspects of our lives and society, including emerging areas that the arts can play a more prominent role in, such as music therapy and arts and disability, recognising the collective power of the arts in improving one’s well-being and building an inclusive society.
The arts scene in Singapore is back in full force as we emerge stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic. With the care and creative economy forecasted to grow, so are the opportunities for the arts workforce. NAC has committed close to $500,000 over the next four years to the scholarship recipients to support talent development in the arts sector. NAC will also partner arts and cultural institutions to provide pathways for the Scholars to develop their careers after they return from their studies. Scholars can look forward to exposure beyond their immediate areas of training, in areas such as mentorship, career guidance and broadening of their networks. In addition to the NAC Arts Scholarship, there are numerous other avenues for the artistic and professional development of the wider arts workforce, including residency programmes, continuing education and training programmes.
NAC Arts Scholarship recipients: Neoh Yew Kim, Aishwariyah Shanmuganathan, Amanda Kye-Ning Tan, Goh Sin Tze Elvia, Leong Seok Ting Denise, Tan Li Wen Jollin, Tang Wei Li Jonathan, Zulkifle Bin Mahmod