By : Atikah Razak
09 September 2016
A community that creates together, stays together! Last Saturday, a community gathered to co-create and craft artwork, which will be curated and installed as an art wall at the Kampung Admiralty Community Plaza. Kampung Admiralty is slated for completion only next year, but it clearly looks as though people are ready for this integrated development to be a part of their lives.
Bringing the community together through art is a wonderful idea. Everyone can participate as it requires no special skill (we are not talking about creating masterpieces here). Children tagged along with their parents and grandparents to put their own artful touch – it was definitely a fun affair for all!
Participants decorated a template of their choice with stickers, which were then hung on a hoarding to form a collage
More than just promoting creative expression, the gotong-royong spirit – which is the act of offering help to one another – is what is being built. Through the process of co-creation, the participants are embodying this notion of mutual help borne out of a sense of shared responsibility. Active participation from the community is crucial in building healthy, cohesive communities. The steady stream of passers-by who willingly stopped to design an artwork is a sign that all is well with our heartland spirit!
All the designs will be digitised, curated to form an art wall along the Community Plaza
A similar project was carried out at Tampines Central for the neighbourhood incubator and social linkway. As residents themselves were involved from the start, from focus group discussions to the actual creation of the works, their input helped to shape the entire design of these 2 community spaces.
Meanwhile, ground-up initiatives by the residents are also supported, by the HDB Friendly Faces, Lively Places Fund. Without having to worry about funding, you too can spearhead community-driven place making projects in your HDB estate.
On that note, do you have any ideas on what fun activities you could do as a community? Let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org or our Facebook page.