Collaboration supports inclusion and celebrates abilities of people with special needs
SMRT Corporation Ltd. (SMRT) today announced its collaboration with Pathlight School for 50 commissioned works of art featuring transport themes drawn by Pathlight students and alumni. Pathlight School, which serves students with autism aged 7 – 18 years, is Singapore’s first autism-focused school offering a unique blend of Singapore's mainstream academic curriculum with life readiness skills.
These works of art will be displayed island-wide in the form of wall stickers, billboard posters, and large format light boxes across SMRT’s train network for the next four months. Bishan MRT station, which features 19 paintings, is among the first MRT stations to have the artworks installed.
Ms. Loy Sheau Mei, Senior Vice-Principal of Pathlight School said, “We are delighted to be part of this meaningful project. Our students have a natural interest in trains and buses, which is a topic very close to their hearts. We hope to tell a story through the students’ paintings, as they are also commuters on these transport modes. We are very happy to support SMRT’s efforts to raise awareness of people with autism and advocate for inclusion. This platform also celebrates the special abilities of our students with autism – their artistic talent and eye for details, which enable them to capture unique perspectives.”
Mr. Patrick Nathan, Vice-President of Corporate Information and Communications at SMRT said, “With two million journeys made on our train network daily, the artwork from Pathlight School students displayed across the MRT network will have a large audience who can see firsthand the creativity and talent of these budding artists. These art pieces add a burst of colour to MRT stations. SMRT is pleased to partner with Pathlight School in this meaningful collaboration to support inclusion and celebrate the abilities of students with special needs. This ties in with a key CSR pillar of SMRT, which drives our outreach to the community through arts and education.”
The project is one of several initiatives rolled out by SMRT in celebration of SG50. The community outreach programmes include the Free Travel Day on National Day, launch of the Inclusive Playground on 22 August as well as the unveiling of Singapore’s first Mobility Park in Jurong Community Hospital, which will be launched in early 2016.
Students from Pathlight School with their artwork installations at Bishan MRT station
Student Jonathan Cai, 12, also a train enthusiast, shares about his inspiration behind his artwork
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for more details on the inspiration behind the students' artworks.