Why the New University of the Arts Singapore (UAS) Matters to Our Future?

Launch of UAS Logo (Photo Credit: UAS Facebook)
Launch of UAS Logo (Photo Credit: UAS Facebook)
  • Minister Chan Chun Sing spoke at the University of the Arts Singapore Arts Symposium
  • The University of the Arts Singapore (UAS) is a federated university comprising LASALLE College of the Arts and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts
  • UAS aims to enhance the arts and culture ecosystem, contribute to the economy, and bridge regional arts development

Got some news for you.

There was this big arts symposium in Singapore lah, where the powerful Minister Chan Chun Sing talked about some major stuff, like how the arts scene can become a big part of our small island.

Let’s chat about it more k?

Arts Symposium Singapore – Not just for the atas (high class) people

Wah lau eh, this Arts Symposium Singapore ain’t just for the posh people, but for everyone living in sunny Singapore.

It’s all about bringing artists and peeps from different fields together to talk about arts, culture, and even the economy.

Trust me, it’s not as chim (complicated) as it sounds.

UAS – Combining the Best of LASALLE and NAFA

So, there’s this new thing called the University of the Arts Singapore (UAS), which is like a combo of LASALLE College of the Arts and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).

It’s like mixing kopi and teh to make a splendid “yuan yang” drink – tasty and unforgettable.

How UAS Plans to Up Our Arts Game?

Minister Chan Chun Sing shared three big dreams for UAS at the Arts Symposium:

  1. Make UAS the main force in our arts scene that brings people together and strengthens our Singapore identity, just like how food unites us all.
  2. Help our economy grow by close cooperation with other sectors to open up new opportunities.
  3. Become an important player in the regional arts scene and connect peeps through arts education and practice.

Actionable & Practical Takeaways

  • Attend arts events like the Arts Symposium Singapore and support our local arts scene.
  • Visit National Gallery Singapore or the Esplanade to appreciate our arts and culture.
  • Check out UAS courses for building a career or personal interest in the arts.

Alright, enough of me rambling about UAS and the Arts Symposium Singapore.

It’s time for you to go and explore the arts yourself.

Who knows, we might discover the next Picasso or Banksy right here in our Little Red Dot!

As Minister Chan Chun Sing said, “UAS will be an institutional pillar that further strengthens the Singapore identity, unites Singaporeans, and defines our nation’s fabric”.

What do you think of the arts scene in Singapore? Do you believe that UAS will help achieve its big dreams?

Drop a comment below and share your thoughts!

Source: Speech by Minister Chan Chun Sing at the University of the Arts Singapore Arts Symposium on 10 May 2023.

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