According to the Third Enabling Masterplan (2017–2021) published by the Ministry of Social and Family Development, it is estimated that there are about 518,585 persons with disabilities in Singapore. This means that roughly 1 out of every 7 individuals identifies as having a physical disability, a sensory disability, an intellectual disability and/or a developmental disability.
Alongside SG Enable, ARTDIS (Singapore) Ltd is one of the few charities in Singapore that serves all persons with disabilities. The only difference? We do so through the medium of the arts because we believe in its power to heal spirits, open minds and connect hearts. Numerous studies have shown that the visual and performing arts help to:
- Develop control and coordination in fine and gross motor skills, as well as a spatial awareness of surroundings.
- Strengthen communication and comprehension skills such as observing, listening, writing and speaking.
- Nurture creative expression and broaden one’s worldview.
- Improve memory and concentration, as well as manage emotions and behaviours.
At ART:DIS, we go one step further beyond just mere art discovery. We support our students to become artists by providing them with a structured pathway to upskill towards professionalism, enabling and empowering them to:
- Apply discipline, structure and passion to their daily lives.
- Have a voice and understand that they have every right to occupy space in society.
- Gain self-acceptance, self-confidence and self-worth.
- Be financially independent.
Here is our impact in 2021/2022
10 of our Artists-In-Training performed FACE TOGETHER, Singapore’s first fully inclusive play written by mainstream and disabled playwrights, to over 135 audiences. The post-show meet-the-cast session was met with heartfelt congratulations from the community, with many taking the time to discuss the show’s process and impact. The production has since been viewed more than 900 times on YouTube.
7 of our visual Artists-In-Training donated 34 of their paintings to senior and low-income families in the Tampines and Pasir Ris neighbourhoods as part of Project Refresh 2022. Artists Trevor and Noah further accompanied Mr Desmond Choo, Mayor of North East Community Development Council, around the estates to personally deliver these artworks and give residents well-wishes for the Lunar New Year.
Contribute To Our Cause
We have been advocating and creating opportunities for persons with disabilities for 29 years. This is only possible with your support! The difference you help us make in the lives of our students and artists is directly felt by them and their caregivers. Help us continue making an impact in their lives through the following ways: