The Little Arts Academy
Prior to the set-up of the academy, beneficiaries of The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF) participated in ad-hoc arts camps and workshops. In 2008, the then-The Old Parliament House Limited (2002-2014) acquired the 10,000 sq foot space at PoMo and decided to turn the space into a permanent arts training space for the beneficiaries of BT BAF known as The Little Arts Academy. The Academy was to offer the beneficiaries a systematic arts curriculum.
The Little Arts Academy first opened its doors on 18 November 2008. It offered specialised arts programmes in dance, music, theatre and visual arts. In 2010, the Academy initiated a new programme – the Arts exposure programme for children aged seven to 12. Soon, the Academy began to also offer the programmes to children who did not meet the fund criteria.
In July 2012, the Academy opened a new division for youth aged 13 to 19.
The Little Arts Academy is managed by The RICE Company Limited, a non-profit organisation that harvests the potential of the arts and culture for the development of human lives and connecting communities locally and around the world.
The Business Times Budding Artists Fund
The Budding Artists Fund was initiated by the then-The Old Parliament House Limited (2002-2014) in 2004 and adopted by The Business Times in 2005. BT BAF is managed by The RICE Company Limited, a non-profit organisation that harvests the potential of the arts and culture for the development of human lives and connecting communities locally and around the world.
The fund originated from a conviction that no child with a strong interest and potential in the arts should be denied the opportunity to develop his or her talents due to a lack of financial resources. The fund encourages the development of creativity among the young and is critical in providing opportunities for disadvantaged children to discover hidden artistic talent and to develop their self-worth.
Since 2005, BT BAF has reached out to more than 7,000 financially disadvantaged children between the ages of five and 12 years old through a variety of programmes comprising arts camps, workshops and signature performing events. From 1 October 2012, the fund extended its reach to economically disadvantaged youth who are between 13 and 19 years of age.
For more information on BT BAF, please visit www.baf.sg.