Inclusive Art Workshops by Superhero Me

Published on 14 September 2017

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Children of diverse abilities will come together to create art side by side in a purposefully designed “art kitchen”.

By MELANIE LEE

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A 2016 survey on inclusive attitudes by the Lien Foundation found that a key cause for low acceptance of children with special needs is the general lack of interaction between the public and such children. As such, Superhero Me, a ground-up inclusive arts movement, is putting together a series of creative arts workshops titled “Who is Coming to Dinner?” to encourage more socialisation between children of different needs.

Photo: Marvin Tang

“In our journey working alongside children with and without special needs, we have learnt that inclusion – like cooking – has no fixed recipe. It is rooted in practice rather than rhetoric and requires effort, even a persistent courage to reach out to others seemingly different from us. Art is a splendid starting point to seed this process of change in a space where children of different abilities can socialise with appropriate guidance,” says Jean Loo, the community artist who leads Superhero Me (read a profile we did on her earlier here).

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The workshop series is presented by Lien Foundation and supported by the National Arts Council, and takes place from 16 September to 7 October. On weekdays, Superhero Me will host over 440 children from preschools and SPED schools in two-hour art programmes. During the weekends, there will be programmes for the public which you can sign up for here.

ART CHEF Saturdays (16 Sept, 23 Sept, 30 Sept, 6 Oct, 7 Oct)

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There will be a series of hour-long programmes for children aged 5 to 12. Programmes include making placemats and an interactive music jam session with Yong Siew Toh Conservatory musicians.

MASTERCLASS Sundays (17 Sept, 24 Sept, 1 Oct)

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These workshops are for anyone from age 5 to 105. Each session runs for 2.5 hours, and are led by practicing artists. Explore new forms of creative expression with a DIY Zine Workshop and Dim Sum Basket Art.

There will also be an exhibition featuring the works of students from Kindle Garden (Singapore’s first inclusive preschool), Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore School and MINDS Lee Kong Chian Gardens School Visual Arts Club. These young artists have been working on these pieces since April through an inclusive arts workshop series.

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Says Sean Bay, a 22-year-old NAFA student with autism who interned as a Superhero Me facilitator, “I learnt about community bonding and helping others with special needs like me. I enjoy being a role model to these kids so that they can learn to improve on what they do.”

“Who is Coming to Dinner?” will be held at Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film, Chapel Gallery from 16 September to 7 October 2017. Click here for more information.

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