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Minister for Communications and Information Yaacob Ibrahim says Singapore arts sector can play a significant role in helping other elements of the country's economy gain an edge over the competition.
SINGAPORE: The Singapore arts sector can play a significant role in helping other elements of the country's economy gain an edge over the competition.
This point was made by Minister for Communications and Information, Yaacob Ibrahim, at the LaSalle College of the Arts' 27th Convocation ceremony on Wednesday.
Dr Yaacob said: "This is indeed an exciting time to be graduating as the media, design, performing arts sectors continues to grow and play an increasing important role in our society today. The government recognises the importance of the arts sector in providing an edge to our competitiveness. As such we are committed to growing the opportunities in this sector, by providing both funding and infrastructure support.”
Earlier this year, the government announced more funding for the arts as part of a wider push to engage communities and grow the love of the arts.
Under the plan, funding for the Singapore arts scene from the National Arts Council (NAC) will more than double over the next five years to S$100 million from the last five years.
The NAC's grants scheme has also been tweaked to include a more diverse range of art forms and applicants.
862 graduates from the institute's 30 specialist programmes received their Diplomas, Bachelors of Arts and Masters of Arts certificates on Wednesday.
One of them was top student Shamine Athena King, who took home the college's most prestigious honour, the McNally Award for Excellence in the Arts.
The 22-year old enrolled three years ago after developing an interest in Disney animation.
"All I expected to learn was how to make a character move from point A to B. What I received was so much more," she said.