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ARTistry by National Arts Council
Newsletter Issue 19 | May 2013      
For the first time, NAC is conducting a survey to understand the employment conditions and work arrangements of the people who work in arts and culture. If you work in the arts and culture, step forward and be counted by taking part in this survey at!
The Aliwal Arts Centre is officially opening its doors to the public in June. To kick-off its opening festivities, the Centre is organising a special Arts Night Crawl in collaboration with the Kampong Glam district. For one night only, the event will feature a series of immersive arts experiences at the Centre and in neighbouring spaces such as the Malay Heritage Centre, Sultan Art Village and many others, Visitors will be able catch a wide range of exciting showcases across different genres from dance, music, theatre to visual arts, put up by the artistic community working in the centre. So come down and join us for a night of fun on 14 June 2013, Friday from 7pm to 11pm! Click here for more details.

For people who care about arts in communities, the discussion around intention and accountability is important because it goes back to the basic question: How are we making a difference? In this session, we reflect on the ways practitioners in the field of arts in communities understand and articulate the impact of the work they do as well as share strategies for managing expectations of different stakeholders.

Join us on 10 June 2013, Monday 7pm to 10pm at TheatreWorks/72-13. Admission is free. Register now at For more info, please visit or email

NAC is planning to build a new centre for the theatre sector in Singapore, focused on the development of original text-based works. The centre aims to nurture and develop our aspiring and established playwrights, as well as facilitate the growth of new and original text-based works.

NAC is conducting an Open Call to seek a suitable partner to co-develop and manage this centre. Proposals from all Singapore-based theatre practitioners, collectives or arts-related groups/organisations for this new centre are welcomed. Closing date for submission is 10 June 2013.

Click here for more details.

Take your first step towards becoming a writer today!

Organised by NAC, MAP is the most established writing mentorship programme in Singapore, developing young and emerging writers in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. The 12-month programme covers prose, poetry, plays and creative non-fiction, and matches emerging writers with established authors to mentor them.

Selected applicants will participate in a residency, peer reviews, workshops and public readings. Participants will receive critical feedback, as well as insights into the publishing process. Applications open 24 May to 15 July 2013.

For more information, please email or click here.

NAC is collaborating with the National Institute of Education (NIE) International to offer a 40-hour module on Essentials of Teaching and Learning. This module will cover key pedagogy concepts like classroom management and developmental learning for students. Instructors who have been approved under NAC-AEP 2013/2014 are eligible for an 80 percent subsidy of the course fee from NAC. All participants will be certified by NIE upon completion of the module.

For more details on the module and to apply, please visit NIE's website at

Got a riveting story you can't wait to tell? Have a stash of unpublished poems in your drawer? Get your pens ready – Singapore's premier creative writing competition in English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil is back. Open to Singaporeans and PRs, there is no age limit and entries may be written on any subject and theme. Send your entries in by 1 July 2013, 5pm.

Click here to register and find out more about the competition.

It is only 6 months to the Singapore Writers Festival and we're looking for dynamic personalities to join the Festival team! Positions in Marketing and Operations are available from June to December. Send your CV to by 31 May 2013! You'll be part of the team that brings over 120 writers and 200 programmes to Singapore in celebration of ideas and good writing.

Kennedy Center Internships provide hands-on experience for aspiring arts managers at one of the largest and busiest performing arts centres in the world. Internships are full-time or part-time unpaid positions. Please visit the Kennedy Center website for additional information and application instructions. Programme dates are from 9 September to 13 December 2013. Application deadline is 7 June 2013.

CapitaLand is offering a great sponsorship opportunity at some of their prime location malls. These include Star Vista, IMM, Funan, Bukit Panjang Plaza, JCube and Lot One. Take this chance to bring your shows to these bustling venues. This venue sponsorship opportunity is part of NAC's ArtsForLife advocacy efforts to bring the arts to vibrant community spaces so that more people can discover and experience the joys of life through the arts. To find out more about how you can be part of this, please email Nazreen Nessa at

The arts builds confident children and develops important life skills. Brought to you by CapitaLand, Come Explore, Experiment and Experience the arts with The Little Arts Academy at Lot One Shopping Mall. Children from the academy will be putting up a special art exhibition and a theatre and dance performance on 22 June and 23 June 2013 from 12pm to 6pm at Lot One, Roof Garden.
Let your children experience a fun and interactive fusion dance and 3D visual art workshops this school holiday. To learn more on how the arts can enhance your life, visit

The arts keeps our family close together
Our Arts For Life video this month features husband and wife artists, Kamal and Ruoshi.

Hear from them on how the arts keep their family close.

"Art's a social activity with a lot of positive values that brings families and communities together. In our own family we draw each other pictures as gifts for special occasions."
To watch more of how the arts can change your life, visit us at

For more information, click here.

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