Our arts, heritage, and public lands play significant roles in the lives of all Malaysians. They form the core of what defines us, from the entertainment we consume to the places where we spend our free time. Therefore, appreciating them as part of our national identity is key to ensuring they live through the times for our future generations to experience.
While the country is made up of a diverse set of people, preferences, and cultures, we collectively hold many distinct qualities and values that make us Malaysians. These are the qualities that we aim to celebrate and build upon. To do this, we engage with communities, grassroot organisations, and policymakers to ensure the preservation of our tradition, as well as our fast-disappearing urban public spaces, remain on track.
Development of Local Talents
Malaysia is home to a wealth of traditional arts and crafts which are at the risk of being forgotten. As such, it is our aim to ensure these valuable art pieces and the skillsets required to create them are shared with the younger generation to enable their preservation for the long term.
Together with Tradisi Busana PR, we embarked on a creative journey to preserve the art of silversmithing by supporting five master craftsmen in coaching and mentoring 30 artisans. Beyond enhancing skills, the initiative created new job opportunities for local talents and enabled them to enhance their livelihood in the long run.
Enrichment of the Local Art Scene
Through the Hasanah Arts Fund, our hope is to reach more aspiring artists and work with them to rediscover and highlight our country’s rich and diverse culture. We do this by supporting small and medium community-led initiatives across the country, keeping our unique arts scene alive and vibrant. Some of the initiatives we have supported include the Young Choreographer Project, the Georgetown Festival, and Bangsawan Dendam Laksamana, a play based on the story of a real admiral, Laksamana Bentan.
Recently, we worked with Giclee Art to launch the “Talent Development & Art Reproduction for Emerging Artists in Malaysia” programme, which aims to groom and promote local artists in visual art, photography, and digital art. The programme provides up-and-coming talents with mentorship and a platform that can help bring their work to mass commercialisation in both domestic and global markets.
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Preservation of Public Spaces
Every city in Malaysia needs accessible areas where everyone can feel safe and welcomed. To make this possible, we work to rejuvenate our country’s urban public spaces.
Think City, our partner, runs community-centred urban regeneration projects which aim to create more liveable, resilient, and people-friendly cities. By working closely with governments, international agencies, and local communities, they are able to inspire change in the way cities are planned, developed, and celebrated.
Collaborating with the Johan Cruyff Foundation, Hasanah has also been developing Cruyff Courts around the country. These are safe spaces where children of all backgrounds, including those who are disabled or with special needs, are free to play and enjoy the facilities. We also introduced various sports programmes and a ‘Heroes of the Cruyff Courts’ initiative which aims to transform passionate and driven youths into role models for their neighbourhood peers.
Together, our efforts help enhance the day-to-day living of our communities.
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