Singapore, 15 November 2006 – The Arts House is inviting children and teenagers aged between five to 14 years old to participate in various exciting arts & creativity programmes during the coming school vacations in November and December! Specially organised for The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF), which aims to enable children distanced by socio-economic circumstances to pursue their aspirations and development in the arts, the vacation activities include Playtime!,a three-day camp of fun-filled arts activities for young children, and three special performance-oriented training programmes in dance, music and singing for older children and teenagers. These vacation activities will serve as an engine to spot potential talents to take part in a more extensive arts & creativity immersion programme next year.
Initiated by The Arts House and adopted by The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, BT BAF originated from a strong conviction that no child with strong interest and artistic potential should be deprived of the opportunity to develop his or her talents because he or she is economically disadvantaged.
Said Mr. Colin Goh, General Manager of The Arts House: “With the success of the two arts camps held at The Arts House in December 2005, we hope to share this wonderful and meaningful experience with more children this year and hence developed these training programmes that are specially conceived by some of the leading practitioners in the arts industry for the underprivileged children during the coming school vacations. Instead of letting their children loiter around the void decks aimlessly, we hope to encourage more parents to sign their children up for these arts & creativity activities!”
Held at The Arts House in December 2005, the previous arts camps, entitled ScissorsPaperStone and Tropicana, attracted more than 150 children participating in various arts & creativity activities like T-shirt painting, landscape creation, mask-making, singing and dancing.
Said Mr. Phan Mingyen, Artistic Development Director of The Arts House: “We hope to identify potential talents during the arts camps and special training programmes and put them through a more rigorous arts & creativity immersion programme next year so as to develop more audiences and perhaps future leaders in the arts industry! These activities are also in line with The Arts House’s mission to develop and provide multiple platforms for Singapore artists.”
To qualify for the free arts camps and training programmes, the children will have to fulfill the following criteria:
The applicant/child has to be:
(a) A Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident
(b) A full-time student receiving formal education
(c) Between the ages of 4 and 12 years
(d) Living in an 4-room HDB flat or smaller
(e) From a family whose gross household income does not exceed $2,000 (for families with one or two children); and less than $2,500 (for families with three or four children)
Alternatively, the applicant/child has to be:
(a) A Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident
(b) A resident in a welfare home or a similar organisation for the less privileged
(c) Between the ages of 4 and 12 years.
BT BAF Three-Day Arts Camp
11 – 13 December 2006 ● 29 – 31 May 2007
Organised for underprivileged children between 5 – 8 years old, Playtime! is a three-day arts camp that aims to create a fun environment for young children to be involved in arts activities (in visual arts, music and movement) and the creative thinking process. Playtime! in Dec 2006 is sponsored by BNP Paribas.
BT BAF Special Programmes
10-Session Arts & Creativity Training Programmes:
Kids Performing ● Taman Tunas Puisi ● Jabberwocky Kids
November – December 2006
The BT BAF special programmes are short, intensive training programmes in specific areas of the arts. These programmes are held over 10 – 15 training sessions (2 – 3 hours per session) during the school holidays. Auditions are conducted to select the participants for the various training programmes. At the end of each training programme, the participants would be required to put up a performance at The Arts House. This year, there will be three training programmes conducted by Kids Performing, NUDA and Word Forward.
Kids Performing Training Programme
A 50-hour training programme for children between 8 – 12 years old in Jazz singing, dancing and stage performance, conducted by Kids Performing and sponsored by Seagate Technology.
Taman Tunas Puisi Training Programme
A 20-hour training programme for young adults between 12 – 14 years old in the Malay puisi-based mini theatre, covering topics from characterisation, role playing, singing and visual elements, conducted by NUDA.
Jabberwocky Kids Training Programme
A 30-hour training programme for young adults between 9 – 12 years old in Musical Theatre covering topics from character development, ensemble mime, staging, music and lighting, conducted by Word Forward.
Arts & Creativity Immersion Programme
Recruitment Period: 20 Jan – 20 Feb 2007 / 10 Apr – 10 May 2007
Training Period: 12 Mar – 6 Sep 2007 / 4 Jun – 4 Dec 2007
Organised for children between 7 – 12 years old, this 24-week arts immersion programme in both the performing arts and visual arts aims to provide a structured guide and set of activities to instill the artistic and creative process in the young.
The Business Times Budding Artists Fund
Initiated by The Arts House, The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) aims to enable children between the ages of four to 12 years distanced by socio-economic circumstances to pursue their aspirations to develop artistic talents in music, dance, theatre, visual arts and theatre production. The Fund originated from a strong conviction that no child with strong interest and artistic potential should be deprived of the opportunity to develop his or her talents because he or she is economically disadvantaged. For further information, please visit www.theartshouse.com.sg/btbaf/index.htm.
The Arts House at the Old Parliament
Officially opened on 26 March 2004, The Arts House at the Old Parliament is the only gazetted historic government building which has been designated as an arts and heritage venue. The 180-year-old national monument was originally built in 1827 as a home for a Scottish merchant but subsequently became Singapore’s first Court House and former Parliament House. The Arts House is now a multidisciplinary arts centre that offers visitors the opportunity to create their own mix of activities from a broad spectrum of engaging, contemporary arts events, entertainment and lifestyle options. The Arts House is managed by The Old Parliament House Limited, a not-for-profit full-service arts management company limited by guarantee. For further information, please visit www.theartshouse.com.sg.
For media queries, please contact
See Ling Ling
Manager, Marketing Communications
The Old Parliament House Limited
1 Old Parliament Lane
Tel: 65 6332 6903
Mobile: 65 9771 0320