A sculpture titled Seed by NAFA alumnus Han Sai Por, was unveiled yesterday by Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung, who also officially opened the arts academy’s Campus 1 Tower Block.
The value of the arts cannot be measured in terms of economic gain, but is important to Singapore’s holistic development. This was the picture Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) painted of the local arts scene yesterday, in a speech at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts’ (Nafa) 80th anniversary celebrations.
“The arts help Singapore, as a nation, evolve our soul,” he said, adding that the Ministry of Education (MOE) will provide support for the arts. Mr Ong, the event’s guest of honour, officially opened the school’s Campus 1 Tower Block and unveiled a sculpture by Nafa alumna Han Sai Por.
The new $40 million block is the first expansion of its grounds since the institution moved to Bencoolen Street in 2004. Nafa was founded in a two-storey Geylang shophouse in 1938 by Mr Lim Hak Tai, with its first batch made up of 14 students. Located above Bencoolen MRT station, the 7,700 sq m, 12-storey building adds 20 per cent more space to the school. Nafa will take up eight storeys.
The launch event also marked the start of a series of activities to celebrate the academy’s 80 years. An arts festival and opera production are among other events lined up.
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