About Shaping Hearts 2021

Shaping Hearts 2021 is a movement to celebrate the diverse artistic talents of our community. The hybrid event consisting of art exhibition, live performances and virtual charity art sale, brings together inspiring stories of hope told through the arts. Each work and expression is a milestone of an exceptional journey our artists have undertaken to overcome their challenges. They may be differently-abled or struggling through tough times but they grow from strength to strength with each step forward.

Unlike many of us, Joshua finds it tough to express himself in a conversation. But give him a piano and you’ll hear the beautiful notes of his thoughts and dreams, loud and clear. 

Though Joshua grows up with Autism Spectrum Disorder, the immense support of his family gives him the courage to develop his talent for music. “I hope in the future he can have a place to go to where he’s taken care of,” shared Mrs Ong, Joshua’s grandmother.

Currently a beneficiary of the art therapy programme at Extra.Ordinary People and an alumna with MINDS, Genine started to find her voice through art. Her improvement is comfort to her mum and primary caregiver, Joysline. 

“Looking at Genine’s paintings, you can feel how she expresses her inner world… It’s a blessing to have Genine to be part of my life,” shared Joysline.

Joshua is a man of many interests. He represented Singapore as a competitive swimmer in the 2010 Special Olympics in Athens. He is also an artist-in-training with Very Special Arts Singapore who keeps getting better at his craft. All of these are possible with the support of his loving family, his teachers and the community who see the talent in him.

Margaret Chee, 44, is a friendly and approachable figure at TOUCH Ubi Hostel (TUH), where she started residing after her parents passed away. It was at TUH where she developed the confidence to better manage her condition and skills to integrate well into society.

With the support she received, Margaret was able to overcome her insecurities and rise to the challenge of being an emcee for one of TUH’s volunteering events.

Margaret also found an outlet to express herself through visual arts. On top of drawing fruits, Margaret enjoys creating abstract art with lines, dots and contemporary colours. She is now better able to articulate her thoughts and knows how to ask for help when needed.

Margaret is diagnosed with intellectual disability and schizophrenia.

Rozlan is a client-trainee at SIA-MINDS Employment Development Centre (SMEDC), where programmes hone the development of his vocational, cognitive and social skills. Through these programmes, Rozlan found his passion in the arts. His dedication and drive to perfect his craft led him to experiment with 3D metal relief sculpture, batik, glass, acrylic and watercolour painting, as well as mixed media art.

Once a reserved individual, Rozlan has become more confident in his interactions with the people around him. A pioneer of the MINDS Perform Taiko Drum Troupe, he performed at events like the National Day Parade, Youth Olympics and music festivals in Japan. Rozlan has grown to be a mature and independent individual in his time in SMEDC. He has also forged strong friendships with his peers and trainers at the centre.

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