Tam-awan artists mentor Singapore kids-A A +A
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
YOUNG aspiring artists from Singapore and the Philippines merged ideas for an opportunity to forge new ties.
The exhibit, dubbed as “Tapestry of Lives: Our Stories of Hope,” last week saw an exhibition of art works by Singapore and the Tam-awan group of artists to work together creating a unique art piece unveiled by Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Minda Cruz.
Proceeds from this exhibition will go toward The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, a fund initiated by The Old Parliament House and adopted by The Business Times, which provides arts education for youths from lower income families.
Jointly organized by Hearts Aflame (Singapore), The Little Arts Academy (Singapore), Chanum Foundation (Philippines), Tam-Awan Village (Philippines), Pusod Cebu Visual Artists Organization (Philippines) and Cebu Artist’s Association (Philippines), the event will see 6 beneficiaries of The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) interact with experienced artists from the Philippines.
Jordan Mang-osan president of Chanum Foundation with Mark Tandoyog, Patric Palasi, Tara Lalaine Natividad and Randy Nimer traveled to Singapore to exhibit their works as well as mentor the children.
Falicia Tan, director of Hearts Aflame, said, “I believe arts can be used to heal lives and build dignity in the disadvantaged among us. It can be a common denominator amongst people from different nationalities and different economic strata through which lives are then united and enriched and arts can be appreciated by all in the community.”
Hearts Aflame is a social enterprise based in Singapore, which aims to alleviate poverty through arts.
There are over 20 Philippine artists who contributed their artworks for this event, depicting their personal stories of hope and dreams. From this group, Hearts Aflame is bringing six artists from Tam-Awan Village, Baguio, to Singapore especially for this event.
The artists are between 20 to 45 years old, and are experienced in ethnic artwork, installation art and exhibitions within the Philippines. This is the first time these artists are travelling out of their country, which supports Hearts Aflame’s aim to create markets for budding artists. The Tam-Awan artists will interact and mentor the Singapore youths, and they are looking expectantly towards this artistic exchange.
BT BAF beneficiaries will have an opportunity to travel to the Philippines in a cultural exchange program after the exhibition.
Adelina Ong, producer, Youth Division, The Little Arts Academy (LAA), an institution funded by BT BAF which provides arts training for its beneficiaries said, “The Business Times Budding Artists Fund has always believed in the potential of the arts to transcend language and cultural boundaries to not only bring together children and youths from different countries but also to create strong friendships and touch each others’ lives. Tapestry of Lives is the first visual arts exchange project for LAA and we hope to continue this relationship through future collaborative exhibitions.”
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 15, 2012.