The National Arts Council-Arts Education Programme (NAC-AEP) scheme seeks to provide all students with access to quality arts education programmes through their schools. 


Each year, the NAC-AEP makes available 1,600 arts programmes by various artists and arts groups that range across six different art forms - Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Theatre, Literary Arts and Film and Multimedia - and fall into three categories  - Arts Exposure, Arts Excursion and Arts Experience. 


All approved programmes are endorsed bienially with the help of an expert panel and listed in the NAC-AEP Programme Directory for MOE Primary & Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges & Centralised institutes to purchase at a subsidy through the Tote Board Arts Grant. Schools may purchase these programmes by contacting the artist or arts group directly from the Directory. 


The Tote Board Arts Grant is currently not applicable to Pre-Schools.

However, NAC funding is available to selected MY World, MSF and PCF centres for 2018. Please contact your HQ if you’re from a MY World, MFS or PCF centre that is keen on funding to purchase Pre-School AEP for your children. All other pre-schools are welcomed to refer to the database of endorsed Pre-School AEP and contact the arts provider directly if there is interest in the programmes.”



NAC-AEP Arts Exposure Programmes


  • Assembly showcases by professional artists and arts groups


  • Typically lasts 30-40 minutes


  • Ideal for providing exposure to a new art form 



NAC-AEP Arts Excursion Programmes


  • Visits to arts venues: artists’ studios, galleries, museums and others. 


  • Also includes Public Arts Programmes* - ad-hoc ticketed public performances or exhibitions by professional presenters. 



NAC-AEP Arts Experience Programmes


  • Workshop series conducted by qualified arts instructors and practitioners 


  • Suitable for small groups of students


  • Rich hands-on learning experience



Under Arts Excursion programmes, ad-hoc ticketed public performances and exhibitions presented by professional artists and arts groups in public arts venues are available for subsidised purchase under the Public Arts Programme Directory.


By providing students with opportunities to attend public performances and exhibitions in purpose-built arts venues beyond schools, it is hoped that Public Arts Programmes will imbue students with an appreciation of the art form while adding value to their learning. 


Since its inception in 1993, the NAC-AEP has grown in popularity among schools in Singapore, with 98% of MOE schools utilising this scheme when selecting arts education programmes for their students.


Beyond uptake, schools have also consistently affirmed the importance of the NAC-AEP scheme in supporting their school's arts education plans.


Out of those surveyed regarding NAC-AEP, 84% of students have expressed a desire to learn more about the arts, while 80% of schools agreed that their students have gained a deeper appreciation of Singapore arts and culture.


While Art and Music are already included within the formal school curriculum, NAC-AEP serves to provide students with extended learning experiences across all art forms (including Dance, Theatre and Literary Arts) through the provision of quality arts education programmes. 



The NAC-AEP aspires towards the following outcomes by the time students complete secondary school education:

1 Every student will have attended a performance or exhibition in a professional arts venue.


2 Every student will have had a learning experience with a local artist or arts group.


3 Every student will have been exposed to arts programmes across all 6 art forms.




FYI Esplanade Logo

Feed Your Imagination (F.Y.I) is a partnership with Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay as part of NAC-AEP Arts Excursion Programmes. NAC works with The Esplanade and the arts groups to ensure quality productions and the suitability for student audiences. Programmes consists of music, dance and drama performances by established arts groups. 


Each F.Y.I performance also includes a guided tour of The Esplanade, an activity kit for each student that encourages post-performance learning and a resource kit for teachers to use before and after watching the performance.


  • Mainstream schools are able to use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 50% of the ticket price. NAC also supports F.Y.I via a bulk buying discount scheme where schools will receive an additional five tickets for every purchase of 100 tickets. This is in addition to The Esplanade’s incentive of 1 complimentary teacher ticket for every 20 student tickets purchased per performance.


  • SPED schools are able to use the Tote Board Arts Grant to subsidise up to 70% of the ticket price. In view of the higher student-teacher ratio, SPED schools will receive 1 additional ticket with every purchase of 10 student tickets. This is in addition to The Esplanade’s incentive of 2 complimentary teacher tickets for every 10 student tickets purchased per performance. 



Storyteller Rosemarie Somaiah at Bukit View Primary School

 In conjunction with the NAC's Singapore Writers Festival School Programme, Words Go Round brings writers into schools to share their ideas, stories and lives with students and teachers. Encompassing enriching talks and hands-on workshops by Singaporean and International writers, it is a great opportunity for students to delve into the world of literature and spark their imagination.


Focusing on the official languages of Singapore (English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil), Words Go Round reaches out to thousands of students from pre-school to junior college levels. There are also teacher workshops to enthuse our educators. Literary luminaries previously featured include Morris Gleitzman, Garth Nix, Kate Forsyth, Alfian Sa'at, Han Han and many more.


  • All WGR programmes are listed under NAC-AEP and eligible for the Tote Board Arts Grant subsidy.