Government planning first national blueprint for heritage in Singapore
09 Mar 2017
'One of the organisations that benefited from the CMF scheme is Intercultural Theatre Institute (ITI), an independent theatre school.
Formerly the Theatre Training & Research, it was founded in April 2000 by Cultural Medallion recipient T. Sasitharan and the renowned late playwright Kuo Pao Kun.
With support from CMF, ITI was able to increase its number of studios from two to four, and install more suitable flooring for its training rooms. The increase in training space also provided opportunities for more students to enrol at ITI, and even host visiting students from overseas on immersion programmes.
Goh Su Lin, general manager at the institute, said: “For us, with support from CMF, ITI was able to plan for more long-term goals and deliverables. Donations and their match have enabled us to create scholarships for Singapore students. The larger training spaces have provided opportunities for more students to enrol at ITI, and also host visiting students from overseas on immersion programmes. This (has helped) amplify ITI’s work.”
Donors to ITI have included lawyer and novelist Philip Jeyaretnam, co-founder of AL Wealth Partners Leonardo Drago, and private bank EFG Bank Singapore.
Regarding the top-up to the CMF, Goh said it can only be a positive sign.
“CMF has not just attracted, but deepened donors’ commitment, not just for ITI, but for other arts charities as well. To that end, we hope that CMF will not be a short-term initiative, but will become an integral part of the cultural philanthropy landscape in Singapore,” she said.'