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Staff  |  Trainers

Aminah Hussien
Head, The Little Arts Academy

“I have often been asked why I chose to work at The Little Arts Academy. Simply – it is the sense of satisfaction that comes with the knowledge that one has made a difference in someone’s life. I believe arts is a social leveler. I have seen how arts has brought positive changes in the development of children and youths. That’s the reason I do what I do.”

Aminah oversees LAA’s strategic direction and operations. Under her leadership, LAA which started with a cohort of 200 children, now has an annual intake of more than 500 students striving towards a graded accreditation in the genre of their choice.

Prior to her appointment, Aminah was the Principal and Director of her own childcare centre and headed a local kindergarten. With over eight years of experience in the Early Childhood Industry, she was instrumental in developing and implementing an integrated curriculum that balances academic and holistic development. She has successfully implemented a Project Approach into the curriculum, enabling children to learn and apply problem solving skills.

Prior to joining the Early Childhood Industry, she was with SingTel’s Corporate Communications department handling local and international media.

Nor Azizah Abdullah
Manager, Arts & Community Development

“This transition towards digital literacy is a growing focus for us. We would like to impart digital and technological skills to the children, which will be very valuable to them as they grow older.”

Since taking on a managerial role at The RICE Company Limited, Azizah has consistently pushed to keep the curriculum current and on par with the Singaporean art scene. Having previously worked in the education field, Azizah now engages with the school’s trainers to tailor the curriculum for LAA’s children. In an ever-advancing society, Azizah sees great potential within the combination of technology and art- introducing modern technologies such as augmented reality, and projection mapping into LAA’s performances and exhibitions.

Having been involved in the Singaporean arts industry for over 10 years, Azizah’s passion for and commitment to the arts has enabled her to contribute to shaping the next generation of Singaporean artists. Prior to her position as a manager, Azizah worked as an executive member in LAA, frequently liaising with stakeholders and partners on CSR initiatives.

Peggy Leong
Assistant Manager, Arts & Community Development (Youth)

Charlene Chew
Executive, Arts & Community Development

Charlene graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts Photography from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2014 and has since been involved in the arts industry. Prior to working at the Academy, Charlene has worked as an art instructor and speech and drama teacher which allows her to channel her love for working with children.

Charlene has worked and travelled with youths to countries such as Nepal, Philippines and Indonesia on missions to help the children in need. During these trips, she taught arts and crafts to open up the minds of children to the world of creativity and arts.

Charlene has also participated in many school musical productions, both in primary and secondary school. She has also been served as a worship leader/vocalist in her church since 2010. She does vocal training for youths and has participated in many local church musical productions.

Illiani
Executive, Arts & Community Development

Illiani is a former visual arts trainer and also an active member of a classical traditional Malay vocal troupe. Trained in the arts since young, she has experience working in the arts industry for more than a decade. As a singer, dancer, actor and arts facilitator, Illiani believes that art is meaningful and makes a significant difference to every life. Hence, she seeks to develop the creativity of children and youth through arts exposure and ignite their passion for the arts.