The programme inspired the artists to create new products such as dino magnets and pouches, which are now on sale at the retail outlet at T3 Basement 2!
As the programme progressed into its third year, the Changi Foundation team felt that the artists’ newfound confidence in producing a refreshed repertoire of artworks warranted a larger talent showcase space, to support their aspirations.
Garnering the support across a few divisions, retail space was made available to Arts@Metta at Terminal 3 Basement 2 (T3B2)’s Sift & Pick store to give them greater retail experience, with the end goal of facilitating youth employment. From the sourcing of space through to helping with visual mechandising ideas and exploring different options for store displays, the cross-function team at CAG hope to elevate the youths’ journey further towards work readiness and independence.
In particular, this retail space provided a good opportunity for Yan Min, a special needs artist from Arts@Metta, who dreams of becoming a retail assistant. Both the Arts@Metta and CAG team observed her potential over the course of the programme, and thought that this was a good platform to build her confidence level towards work independence. Yan Min was taught how to travel independently to the T3 Sift & Pick store and home after her shift. She was also taught the routine of a retail assistant, starting with the donning of a uniform, to learning the dos and don’ts while attending to customers, as well as upkeeping the cleanliness of the store.