On Point, In Tune & In the Spirit

These NAC Pa­tron of the Arts awardees are putting their money where their heart is

Portfolio - - IN THIS ISSUE - By Li Hao­han

The num­bers are en­cour­ag­ing; ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Arts Coun­cil (NAC), last year, 301 pa­trons gave to the arts, among them 104 were or­ga­ni­za­tions, and 197 in­di­vid­u­als. To­gether, they con­trib­uted S$51.6 mil­lion to boost Sin­ga­pore’s arts scene, of which S$37.1 mil­lion were in cash, and S$14.5 mil­lion in-kind. The year also saw the ad­di­tion of 80 new arts pa­trons from across the board. “Pri­vate arts pa­tron­age plays an im­por­tant role in en­rich­ing lives and con­nect­ing com­mu­ni­ties, ad­ding im­mense value to our so­ci­ety,” says Mrs. Rosa Daniel, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the Na­tional Arts Coun­cil, in a state­ment. “Ev­ery do­na­tion is much ap­pre­ci­ated as it adds to­wards re­al­iz­ing a world filled with the arts.” Arts phi­lan­thropy in 2017 saw pa­trons sup­port­ing ini­tia­tives to cul­ti­vate young au­di­ence ap­pre­ci­a­tion and in­crease ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the arts, reaf­firm­ing a col­lec­tive aware­ness in the com­mu­nity of the need to de­velop Sin­ga­pore’s arts ecosys­tem holis­ti­cally. In recog­ni­tion of their gen­eros­ity and com­mit­ment, the art pa­trons were given awards by the NAC at a gala event held ear­lier this year. Port­fo­lio reached out to some of them for an in­sight to their ef­forts.

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