Project 50/100’s first workshop was held at The Necessary Stage last Sunday afternoon to bring project proposers together with members of the public.
The workshop aimed to introduce Project 50/100’s first batch of pilot core projects and to help them flesh out outreach strategies and refine their proposals through feedback and offers of support from other attendees.
About 40 people participated in the workshop, and included a wide range of people with a variety of skills and backgrounds: visual and performance artists, filmmakers, ethnographers, professionals, storytellers and students.
The pilot core projects discussed at the workshop were:
- a film project about Nanyang University by Jason Soo;
- a graphic poster project to feature duelling historical perspectives by Patrick Ong;
- a photography project to enable the neighbourhood children of Lengkok Bahru to use photography to document their lives by “Capture Aspirations”;
- a freedom and rights conference by human rights NGO Maruah;
- a proposed project showcasing the history of the LGBTQ community by Roy Tan and Choo Lip Sin;
- “Silenced Histories”: an oral and written archive of participants in social movements such as the labour movement and student activist movement by Function 8;
- a project on the stories of third children born in the days of the “Stop at Two Policy” by Lai Chee Kien; and
- a project on the lives of cleaners by mental health advocate Chan Li Shan.
The 8 projects were selected from a pool of over 50 project proposals received by the Project 50/100 committee and will be the first wave of projects introduced by Project 50/100’s alternative efforts to commemorate Singapore’s 50th birthday next year.
The afternoon started with a warm welcome by Tan Tarn How members of the Steering Committee and a brief self-introduction from each participant.
After that, the 8 projects took centre stage, with project proposers presenting their project ideas to an attentive audience.
The room then broke up into different stations helmed by the 8 projects and participants went around the stations offering feedback, advice and support.
Danielle Hong, a member of the “Capture Aspirations” team, described the workshop as “a good example of how crowdsourcing works in real life. It helped match interested members of the public to local projects like ours. It was an excellent way to bounce ideas off one another”.
Project 50/100 Steering Committee