LAA’s 11th anniversary celebrations saw the reprisal of an original production Chutki, staged in 2013 that was written by a former student. The story was adapted from Paro Anand’s children novel Wingless, in which the protagonist, angel princess Chutki finds friendship and love in her journey to gain acceptance for being different.
Encounters in the Heartlands • When Chance meets Change
More than 50 children and youths staged an original production about their encounters in the heartlands that brought them out of their comfort zones. In one of the stories, four teenagers are stuck in a lift; they share their personal challenges and motivate each other to embrace Chance as an opportunity for Change.
A jungle scene comes alive in 3D from the iPhones of audiences as they watched the children of arts training centre, The Little Arts Academy (LAA) perform in “Ki”, a year end theatre show adapted from English author Rudyard Kipling’s classic children story, The Jungle Book.
The jungle scene is one of several digital backdrops that have been created and animated by the children and youths aged six to 19 using digital art tools such as Google’s Tilt brush to provide an immersive experience.
This infusion of technology is a first time for a production by LAA, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in November 2018.
Says curriculum manager, Azizah Abdullah, “The children have taken the ownership for this performance to go beyond traditional art making so as to bring a new experience to this production. They feel a sense of accomplishment when they see their works come to ‘live’ through the use of digital technologies, which opens up new and unexpected possibilities.”
Thirty beautifully decked out Christmas Trees – dubbed Charitrees lit up the walkways of Marina Bay this Christmas as our children and young beneficiaries along with the Singapore Police Force Band and Yishun Town Secondary School NPCC Band put up a spectacular start to this wonderful display. Their music and dance performances have certainly brought much cheer during this festive season!
This year, Children for Children raised for tham $300 000 for the Business Times Budding Artists Fund! The kids also had a wonderful children’s day at Children for Children 2018. The event organised by CHIJ KELLOCK, The RICE Company Limited, The Business Times and Resorts World Sentosa, brought cheer to 1000 primary school children from all over Singapore. They were treated to a wonderful musical by pupils from CHIJ Kellock and visited the SEA Aquarium and the Maritime Experiential Museum.
Our Visual Artists were invited for a learning journey at the Singapore Zoo. They learnt about Wildlife Reserves’s conservation efforts to protect various endangered species such as the rare and very cute Roti Island Snake-necked Turtle, they even got a chance to see the turtle up close!
The students also had a great time interacting with the lemurs, orang-utans, sloth and other lovable animals spotted at the Zoo. They are grateful for this chance to learn about protecting animals in the region and for the opportunity to have worked with Wildlife Reserves previously, creating artworks on the 5 endangered species under the Mandai Park Project.
The morning rain did not dampen the children’s energy to be there for the More Than Words event by Tan Chin Tuan Foundation! Our vocal and dance students from Little Vox & Skittles delivered a joyful performance that livened the spirits of the audience.
Our students, who are beneficiaries of BT BAF, had the great chance to learn about financial management concepts such as Earn, Save, Spend and Donate with Prudential Singapore at the Cha-Ching Money-Smart Kids Workshop, each receiving a certificate at the end of their half-day workshop.
Dance groups Sugar Rush Crew & Stylo Mylo Crew performed with great energy at ChildAid Asia Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur 2018. New friendships were formed and this is definitely an experience of a lifetime!
Our vocal group Little Vox and dance group, Skittle Crew were invited to perform for Citi Information Technology & Partners 16th Annual Charity Golf dinner! They charmed the audiences with their vocals and dance moves. Minister for Finance Mr Heng Swee Keat was also present for the dinner, and the children was truly honoured to meet him.
Our visual arts students had a busy day at Pasir Ris Park helping out as Ranger Guides for an exhibition! We partnered Global Cultural Alliance and Mandai Parks for a recycled art installation for PAssionArtsPasir Ris Beach Art Festival. Artworks for the five highlighted endangered species under Mandai Parks project were contributed by students from The Little Arts Academy & 10 Square Youth. This is part of our collaborative platform to work together and create engaging experiences for the public!
The children were excited to be invited to the launch of WondeRead, where they received mystery boxes filled with books! WondeRead is an initiative by the National Library Board, Singapore to provide children from less privileged backgrounds with reading materials.
CAVE, which stands for Cave Automatic Virtual Environment, has been available at polytechnics and universities here, but can now be accessed by children aged six to 12 years old at The Little Arts Academy’s (LAA) new campus at Yishun’s Northpoint City.
Little Arts Academy had the honor of being invited to perform at the ASEAN Finance 2018 Gala Dinner! It was a pleasure to have been able to perform for Minister of Finance, Mr Heng Swee Keat.
Special Thanks to Diana Ser for introducing us to the crowd as well!
“Earn, save, spend and donate!”
40 of our beneficiaries from were part of a special financial literacy show called Cha-Ching at the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival!
Combining elements of dance, music and theater, this performance seeks to instill valuable money-smart skills so that children have a better understanding of simple financial concepts of at a young age.
Our Junior dancers just performed the opening act at TVB’s Big Big Channel launch at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza! They also accompanied Ms 薛家燕 Nancy Sit during her song, JiaYan Mama.
Citi is a longtime supporter of the BT BAF and been committed to nurturing the interest and talents of our young beneficiaries. Not only are their Angbao featured with designs by our beneficiaries for the last three years, this year, our beneficiaries were invited to perform at Citi’s Lunar New Year Dinner. The children enjoyed performing for the dinner and the hospitality was superb as well.
Another night full of dance and togetherness at “Ballroom Night” at the Pavilion. One of our student, Elizabella, was the mistress of ceremony for the night. Not to be outdone, the dancers from LAA and 10sq, Stylo Mylo Crew & Divert10n, spiced up the night further with their collaborative contemporary hip hop dance.
Twenty of our beneficiaries completed their cycling courses accompanied by mentors from OCBC. After going through 3 class course, learning how to bike under the guidance of their mentors, they each proudly earned a bicycle and certificate for their efforts.
The Little Arts Academy (LAA), an arts training centre known for its social mission, opens the first of its two centres in the north of Singapore today. This marks the first step the centre is making to further its reach to the community.
Currently located at PoMo in Selegie Road in the heart of town, LAA’s new north campuses will be located at Northpoint City. The first, North Campus I opens today while the second is slated to open in March 2018. Founded in 2008, LAA provides free arts training in music, dance, theatre and visual arts for the beneficiaries of The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF). more..
Nineteen children had the opportunity to perform live at Timbre+, an urban food park last night. We started off with a loud bang! Noise Box, the percussion group blew the audience away with their performance followed by the guitar students, who soothed the audience with an wonderful cover of One Call Away by Charli Puth, Ending off with our two start singers from Little Vox, who performed Let It Go from the Movie Frozen.
An annual community event, Children for Children which falls on Children’s Day every year and our kids from The Little Arts Academy were treated to a day of fun at KidZania Singapore! We’d like to thank the organizing team, CHIJ Kellock Primary, The Business Times & The RICE Company Limited for the wonderful outing on Children’s Day!
Thirty of our students took the stage at Citibank’s annual charity golf tournament gala dinner performing feet-tapping song and dance. Thank you Citibank for the platform and the continued support in raising funds for BT BAF that has enabled Little Arts Academy and 10 Square to offer arts training in music, dance, theater and visual arts.
The event was graced by Mr Baey Yam Keng 马炎庆 , Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and Mr Paul Paul McCarroll, Chief Information Officer, Head of Citi Technology Infrastructure, Citi Asia Pacific.
Six members of dance group, Sugar Rush Crew put up an ethnic dance performance at the 5th edition of ChildAid Asia Malaysia on 25 – 26 August 2016. This is the second time the group is performing at ChildAid Asia Malaysia. This year’s performance was challenging as they had to collaborate with classical Indian dancers from Mahavidya Dance Theatre, a dance group based in Kuala Lumpur (KL). In spite of the short time given to practise, they managed to pull off a beautiful 5-minute dance which drew loud cheers from the audiences.
During this excursion, Sugar Rush Crew also participated in several workshops and took in the sights of KL.
ChildAid Asia Malaysia is a charity concert for young people by young people. Living up to its mission, the concert has brought together local talents as well as many from the region such as Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines and Singapore to perform on the same stage. Its theme in 2017 – Magical – aptly describes this journey which has allowed young people to foster friendships across borders and to use their talents to benefit the less privileged.
This year’s theme for he Citibank Calendar 2018 Competition is Pathways to Progress.
A total of 40 entries were submitted by our students. Of which, 25 sketches were shortlisted which depicted the career aspirations of the students. On 11 August, a panel of judges including Ms Lin Hsiu Yi, Citi Commercial Banking Country Business Head and Mr Rodney head of commercial bank digitisation for Asia, selected 13 designs to grace the 2018 calendar.
The Pathways to Progress initiative is a commitment from Citi Foundation to help youths improve their career-readiness through first jobs, internships, and leadership and entrepreneurship training.
More than 1000 figurines painted by international and Singaporean artists, cultural figures and well-known personalities were on display at the Tian Tian Xiang Shang art exhibition at Raffles City. Tian Tian Xiang Shang, which means ‘ to look up every day’ in Mandarin, is an inclusive project to promote cross-cultural exchanges, creativity and dialogues. LAA students were delighted to participate and contribute 200 painted figurines, each uniquely depicting their limitless imaginations.
Three of our students attended the launch of the exhibition on July 29.
Sugar Rush Crew and Stylo Mylo Crew took time out of their hip hop routine to burn the dance floor with members of the Step One Dance, a leading dance company in Mindanao Philippines. The 16 students who took part in this cultural exchange on 11 June were exposed to an eye opening experience of ballroom dancing – a genre outside their typical dance routine. They shared the dance floor with these professional dancers at Dreams Come True, a charity fundraiser for The Business Times Budding Artists Fund. Huge thanks to Step One Dance and our donors as well as supporters for making this night possible!
Citi’s Global Community Day was a huge success this June! Our children and youths facilitated a tote bag design workshop which was very well-received.
This is the third consecutive year that Citi Commercial Bank has collaborated with The Business Times Budding Artists Fund to showcase the artwork created by our young artists in their marketing collaterals. The collaboration includes an art competition with the theme “Pathways to Progress” for the young artists to translate their career aspirations into creative visual illustrations.
We would like to express our gratitude to Citibank Singapore for giving our beneficiaries an opportunity to showcase their works!
In March, children and youths from the Little Arts Academy took part in a series of dance workshops conducted by acclaimed French contemporary dancer and choreographer, Mr Abou Lagraa. Mr Lagraa is a BNP Paribas Foundation Ambassador, working with the Foundation since 2006 to promote education for children and young people through the pursuit of an artistic activity. He was in Singapore at the invitation of BNP Paribas Foundation as part of their Dream Up programme, which was launched in 2015 and reaches out to children and youths who are living with disabilities or from underprivileged backgrounds to receive training and guidance in an artistic activity.
The students’ hard work was evident at the showcase where they collaborated to perform dance items from the workshop. LAA would like to thank Mr Abou Lagraa and BNP Paribas Foundation for their support and initiative!
Christmas is coming! To celebrate this joyous occasion, The Clementi Mall Management has liaised with 10Square and The Little Arts Academy to organize a series of enchanting performances for festive shoppers. Our children and youth performers dazzled members of public with their evening performances, on the 16-18 Dec and 21-23 Dec, with the stage right at the very heart of the mall!
On 8 December 2016, a launch event was held at Fidgets, an indoor playground, for three books written by 7 talented 10-year-old students from CHIJ Kellock Primary School. The three books are titled “No”, “Emily and the Paintbrush” and “The Magic Bag of Gold Coins” respectively, which are part of a collaboration project between CHIJ Kellock Primary School and The Rice Company Limited, in commemoration of the 11th anniversary of the Business Times Budding Artist Fund (BTBAF).
On 3 and 4 December 2016, to kick-start the Christmas season of giving, our students participated in a fundraising event in partnership with Uniqlo. The event was held over the weekend at the Uniqlo Orchard Central Flagship Store.
Prior to the event, our students participated in a drawing workshop conducted by renowned artist, Peter Draw, to perfect their drawing skills so as to create masterpieces for the donors at the event.
On 19 November 2016, ChildAid Asia held its inaugural symposium event, “Friendship without Borders”, at Suntec City. The event was organized by The RICE Company Limited with the objective of promoting the ChildAid movement in the Asian region as opportunities for young budding artists to showcase their talents on a bigger stage, as well as to raise funds for a worthy cause.
40 distinguished guests turned up for the event. At the symposium, key partners from Japan, Malaysia and Indonesia were also invited to do presentations on the ChildAid movement in Asia and its future direction amidst the different political and socio-economic factors and challenges in today’s world.
ChildAid was established in 2005 with the main objective of raising funds for The Business Times Budding Artist Fund (BTBAF) to provide arts training for young artistic talents, as well as for The Straits Times Pocket Money Fund to provide pocket money to children from low-income families. Since then, it has become one of the largest-scale annual children’s charity concerts in Singapore, with the annual ChildAid Concert attracting large audiences from all walks of life.
Presenting to you, the Sugar Rush Crew at Rpresenting to Da Fullest Hip Hop Competition! The sweat, tears and hard work they had invested in this competition had definitely paid off when they got into the finals. Although they won consolation prize, what mattered the most was that they had danced with all their hearts and soul. These experiences would undoubtedly be stamped in their minds and aid them in the long journey ahead. A big thank to BNP Paribas for supporting the Sugar Rush Crew thus far and making the dreams of dancing come true for these children!
On 28 May 2016, Sugar Rush Crew (who were supported by The BNP Dream Up Project) reported to Changi Airport and embarked on a journey they would never forget. Just in 4 hours, they landed on the beautiful land named Ha Noi, Vietnam, ready for upcoming challenges! These talented teenagers were singled out to perform for the ASEAN Children’s Festival.