Music and movement can certainly transcend physical boundaries during this COVID-19 Circuit Breaker period. Two beneficiaries of The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) took the lead in taking over 25 staff of leading advanced integrated security organisation Certis through a dance workshop to create a video for Kindness Day SG’s TikTok Hashtag Challenge on 22nd May.
“What I found the most enjoyable was that I got to interact with new people from different backgrounds and also have the chance to teach others. I really enjoyed teaching a part of the session to Certis employees today and I would like to have more opportunities to do so in the future” – 14-year-old beneficiary Nur Adrianz Bin Kamaruddin
This dance workshop capped off the 4-part Community Give-Back series sponsored by Certis. In the past year, the programmes from this series has enabled BT BAF beneficiaries to utilise their artistic talents to reach out to and uplift other needy members of the community through various activities.
One of them has since become a co-owner of a dance studio. Another is an early childhood educator while another is an independent artiste. Many others are pursuing their further studies in the arts and humanities in Institutes of Higher Learning.
As The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) celebrates its 15th anniversary next Monday, 11th May, the Fund can certainly claim its role in having levelled the playing field for the artistically talented who could not afford an arts education and having nurtured a next generation of artists and creative professionals in Singapore.
To date, BT BAF has served more than 19,000 beneficiaries through a variety of programmes including arts camps, workshops as well as structured arts training at two training centres, The Little Arts Academy and 10 Square Youth.