Art essential to push nation forward

Art is a necessity in life. It is part of our culture and heritage, and it is essential in pushing forward our national development ("What's next for arts, sports and community-building?"; April 14).

I have benefited much from the Art Elective Programme in my school. Over the past three years of studying art, I have developed a stronger passion for it.

Art also pushes me to think out of the box, to dream beyond what I can do.

Some may feel that art is not for everyone; that it is only for "talented" or "artistically minded" people. However, it is within everyone's ability to make art.

More art education centres should be set up for anybody who is interested in art. It should cater to people of all ages, regardless of skill level and experience.

It should also introduce a wide range of art mediums to students, from Western oil and watercolour to Chinese ink, so that students would be able to learn from and appreciate both cultures.

Art will not only propel individual creativity and holistic development, but will also help us connect better with the people in our community.

He Haiyi, 16, Secondary 4 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 11, 2016, with the headline 'Art essential to push nation forward'. Print Edition | Subscribe