Lifting the curtains on audience development

An outing to the ballet by a group of heartlander youth holds lessons in making the arts more inclusive

Over the festive season, I received a pleasant surprise from someone I didn't know - a thank-you card featuring a ballerina hand-drawn by a 10-year-old girl.

The card was a small gesture of thanks from this little girl and a group of children and youth from lower-income backgrounds. I had supported them to attend a performance of the well-known ballet Swan Lake at the Esplanade, as part of the Adopt an Audience initiative from home-grown arts company Singapore Dance Theatre.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 17, 2020, with the headline 'Lifting the curtains on audience development'. Subscribe