Students to Showcase their Art with Government Grant

More than 200 young children from Bedok Green Primary School are grateful for the opportunity to showcase their very own batik paintings at Bedok Community Center on 11 August. This is made possible by the S$8,000 grant given by the government.

Bedok Green Primary School is just one of the 36 schools that comprise the first batch of beneficiaries of the Arts and Culture Presentation Grant, which was launched last October.

A total of S$168,000 was given to support the schools’ arts, culture and heritage programs and activities through art exhibitions and public performances.

The Arts and Culture Presentation Grant (ACPG) is directed at promoting arts and heritage as a critical part of a holistic education for both children and youths beyond classroom learning.

Lawrence Wong, the acting minister for culture, community and youth, expressed that the grant is essentially valuable for the young students for them to develop their appreciation and love for the arts.

He even added that cultivating the sense of creativity and imagination in the young students will be useful for them as they grow up and enter the workforce.

The ACPG is administered by the National Arts Council and supported by the Ministry of Education and the National Heritage Board.

The grant has been set up as a two-year pilot initiative to provide support and assistance to schools in staging exhibitions and performances for public audiences.

Such an opportunity should give motivation to students in nurturing their talents and interests beyond their classrooms and encourage them to push themselves into the arts and culture community.

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