(4 December 2015, Friday) Local philanthropic organisation Ngee Ann Kongsi on Friday (Dec 4) donated S$10 million to the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) – the largest sum the school has received from a donor. Around S$9.4 million from the donation will go to the school’s development fund to build its fourth campus, which will be located above the upcoming Bencoolen MRT station, NAFA said.
The campus, to be developed by 2017, costs an estimated S$35 million. It will have facilities such as state-of-the-art studios, classrooms and teaching spaces. Currently, the school has about 2,400 students annually and is projected to support around 3,000 students by 2024. The rest of the donation, which amounts to S$600,000, will be used to fund the Ngee Ann Kongsi Talent Scholarships which will be given out to promising full-time diploma students.
In light of the donation, two of NAFA’s galleries will be renamed the Ngee Ann Kongsi Galleries. Meanwhile, the school also held an exhibition to celebrate its works of fine arts produced by former and current students. NAFA, first established in 1938, has produced 13 Cultural Medallion recipients to date.
Acting Education Minister for Higher Education and Skills Ong Ye Kung, who was the guest of honour at the cheque presentation ceremony on Friday, said: “NAFA did not set out to produce artists that win medals. It was driven by simple, very powerful convictions – something worth emulating until today.”
南洋艺术学院 Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts