Discover how art has played a special part in the lives of these young ones, through the stories of 5 non-profits.

Picasso once said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life” and true enough, art in its many forms has given these individuals both comfort and strength to rise above!

This December, join us in our efforts to support the less fortunate and contribute to their personal growth through the Build a Dream campaign, presented in partnership with Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2019. And through the creativity of these talented youths, we discover more about five non-profits and the impact art has on lives.

1. Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN)

APSN Tanglin School provides opportunities for students with mild intellectual disabilities between 13 to 16 years old, developing their creative talents and building greater confidence through art.

Flowers in the Mountains by Mazla’idah Bte Mazelan

I bring to life characters from my exploration and imagination, filling up sketchbooks and papers in hope of sharing my world with all of you someday!

Association for Persons with Special Needs

2. Metta Welfare Association

Arts@Metta is a welfare program that is committed to enriching youths with special needs in their artistic endeavours and creating related training-cum-employment opportunities under a sustainable framework.

The Eye by Luke Ng

Nothing stops me from my passion. Through art, I feel relaxed and at peace.

Metta Welfare Association

3. Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS)

With the hope of maximising the functional independence of persons with Cerebral Palsy at every stage of life, CPAS offers them various programmes and workshops.

To be proud by Elaine Eng

Even though my left hand is uncooperative due to triplegia (a type of Cerebral Palsy), I will not let that stop me and have even managed to master a song on the piano!

Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore


AWWA Special Student Care Centre (SSCC) offers enriching programmes to children with special needs and also provides respite to caregivers, giving them the time and opportunity to be financially viable

Iconic Singapore Landscape by Students of AWWA SSCC

I enjoy participating in the activities that AWWA Special Student Care Centre organises such as painting, craftwork or playing simple songs on the guitar, xylophone and handbells.


5. Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA)

NAFA is a local arts institution developing the skills of budding artists through their diploma courses. The school supports students who require financial assistance through scholarships and funds.

Colour of Hope by Jordan Bastian Sambada

If it wasn’t because of those scholarships and what I had in NAFA, I wouldn’t be where I am today­.


On top of the inspiring individuals featured above, artworks created by other talented students from these organisations will be transformed into light projections on Marina Bay’s iconic landmarks from 26 to 31st December. Head down to The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, the Merlion and the ArtScience Museum to see their artworks light up our city skyline as we welcome the new year!

Main article artwork features Vanda’s Dreams by Kylie Tan.