Talented Young Visual Artist Gifts S$25,000 Hongbao To Children From Financially-Disadvantaged Families

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Talented Young Visual Artist Gifts S$25,000 Hongbao To Children From Financially-Disadvantaged Families

SINGAPORE, 5 February 2014 – The Little Arts Academy is receiving a special donation this Chinese New Year – visual artist, Toh Bing Wei, 17, is gifting a $25,000 hongbao to children from financially-disadvantaged families attending an arts training programme in Visual Arts, Dance, Theatre and Dance at The Little Arts Academy.

Titled, “The Red-Crowned Cranes”, Bing Wei, then only 10 years old, was inspired to paint the cranes to create an artwork that would reflect hope and happiness, both symbols associated to cranes.

“I chose to donate this painting for the auction because the way these cranes spread their wings is similar to how I hope that the young artists’ talents will take flight. The funds raised will go towards benefiting the children from The Little Arts Academy, giving them the hope and happiness as they pursue the what they love,” shares Bing Wei

The Little Arts Academy, managed by The Old Parliament House Limited and supported by The Business Times Budding Artists Fund, has more than 400 children and youth from low-income families pursuing both Performing and Visual Arts training. The Academy also holds an annual exhibition which showcases artworks of children as young as 8 years old. One of its students also received the Highly Commended Award (Junior Category) at the UOB Painting of the Year Award.

“We are very heartened that someone as young as Bing Wei is using his talent to support social causes such as ours. His generosity and kind gesture is very much appreciated by the Academy and the children. We look forward to hosting Bing Wei at our Academy so that he may share with the children his journey as an artist,” says Ms Aminah Hussien, Centre Director of The Little Arts Academy.

“I am fortunate to be able to pursue visual arts because I have the most supportive family. My family gives me the love, time and resources I need to pursue my passion. I am very blessed for I have benefitted so much from my artistic pursuits. I am happy to be able to give back to those who need it the most,” says Bing Wei.

Besides showcasing his artworks, the exhibition also tells the artistic journey of a young boy who began painting at aged 5 and a collection of his artworks till present day. An art book for parents to share with their children was also launched at the exhibition. Proceeds from the sale of these books will go towards Life Anew!, a fund that supports inmates, ex-offenders and their families.

The Little Arts Academy will be organizing a Chinese New Year Celebration together with a cheque presentation ceremony and an arts sharing session for Toh Bing Wei and the budding visual artists sponsored by The Business Times Budding Artists Fund. Toh Bing Wei will be presenting the S$25,000 cheque to Ms Aminah Hussien and the children.

For MEDIA queries, please contact:
Ms Yasminbee Ebbysheikh
Executive, Communications & Partnerships,
The Old Parliament House Limited
Tel: +65 6513 3015 (O) | +65 9880 0104 (M)
Email: yasminbee@toph.com.sg

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