Do the arts play a significant part in Singapore?

It took me hours to finish this essay! I hope that you will find it useful.

Do the arts, such as music, literature and movies, play a significant part in your country?

Arts are defined as the class of objects, production, expression, quality, or realm that subject to aesthetic criteria. Arts have been playing its part in Singapore ever since the past till the present days. Some say that arts play an insignificant part in Singapore because arts such as music, literature and movies, have become more indecent. Despite this, arts play a significant part in Singapore as it able to contribute a lot in the education sector. Arts also help Singapore socially by giving the country its unique identity and sustain a rich diversity. So, arts play a significant part in the country.

Arts play a significant part in educating students in Singapore. Arts ensure that students get a well-rounded education and it contributes to their overall development. Arts motivate students to learn. It enhances reading, language and mathematics skills. Arts also encourage critical thinking skills. In 2001, the Ministry of Education in Singapore has drawn up a set of initiatives to develop and enhance arts education in schools. It is said to help individuals reach their full artistic potential. Let’s take an example of the at-risk students in Texas. These students were fortunate because the intervention of arts in their studies has helped them succeed. The College Review Board in United States of America also reported that high school students who took art classes scored consistently better than their non-art peers. This shows that arts are able to help students to learn better. Thus, it plays a significant part in Singapore’s education.

Arts play a significant role in Singapore as it also help the country socially. Arts help to give Singapore its unique identity and help to sustain a rich diversity. Singapore distinguishes herself from others by the way Singapore presents herself. The Merlion is one example of Singapore’s unique identity. The Merlion is the trademark symbol of Singapore ever since the 1960s. A new National Art Gallery will also be opening in the 2012. The National Art Gallery posses an image that creates a distinctive identity while retaining its cultural and historical significance. Furthermore, Singapore makes use of arts to sustain a rich diversity of the things available in the country. The sharing of art pieces with other countries allows Singaporeans to develop their skills and come up with new ideas to provide a wide range of products for the people. For example, the Sculpture Society in Singapore is a non-profit organisation that exhibits their works in Singapore and overseas to enhance artistic development through sharing, raise the standard of sculpture and its appreciation in Singapore and promote bilateral exchanges between Singapore sculptors and sculptors of other countries through organized activities such as exhibitions, workshops, talks, symposia and field trips. This shows that arts play a significant part in Singapore as it help the country socially by giving Singapore its unique identity and sustains a rich diversity.

However, arts play an insignificant role in Singapore as the borderline of arts, such as music, literature and movies, have become more indecent. They constitute sexual content, vulgar language and violence that will influence and cause negative impacts towards the Singapore society. Nowadays, lyrics of songs and movies that have vulgarities and social content are widely available in the country. This is due to globalisation and the share in culture. Drama series such as Desperate Housewives which contains unnecessary explicit scenes is one of the most popular television series in Singapore. This explains the influence it has towards Singaporeans. It will cause negative impacts towards the society. For example, the number of teenagers who got pregnant had alarmingly increased through the years. This shows that arts play an insignificant part in Singapore as the borderline of arts have become more indecent and it will influence as well as cause negative impacts towards the Singapore society.

To conclude, arts play a significant part in Singapore. Even though the borderline of arts have become more indecent, it is not a good enough reason to show that it do not play a significant part in the country. Singaporeans can be taught with the right values so that the flaws of arts will not affect them. Arts had proved itself worthy thus far as it has helped the country in the education sector as well as in the social platform. Therefore, arts do play a significant part in Singapore.

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5 Responses to Do the arts play a significant part in Singapore?

  1. Amelia says:

    Just curious, why is ur essay in 2to1 points& not 3to2 or 4to1??

    • ctkathy says:

      Hey Amelia. I am still in Pre-U 1 and my tutor told me to do 2to1. A better essay would be 3to2, but that’s not the case for my essay… Anyway, I hope that you will still find it useful despite of the flaw. 🙂

  2. Gillian says:

    I think the first two points are alright, you made it very clear what part Singapore has played in promoting the arts, but your anti-thesis seems weak.

    Arts play an insignificant role in Singapore because Singapore does not place much emphasis on it, although we are working towards a cultural hub (or sth like that). I thought the anti-thesis was more of how arts in the form of music had badly impacted Singapore. And I think it’s over-generalisation and the argument a little illogical, what you said about crude language and then suddenly leading to teenagers becoming pregnant because of arts. I think you should elaborate more on one point.

    “Nowadays, lyrics of songs and movies that have vulgarities and social content are widely available in the country.” But that’s not true, is it? Songs and movies with vulgarities are either censored or given an adult content rating. How is it widely available in the country? I think you should make it clear what you mean by the statement.

    Just a thought. I was going to do this question for my GP homework too.

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