For the past few months, the Enabling Village has been a base of operations for a new breed of superheroes: More than 80 children and youths from diverse backgrounds, making a stand on social inclusion.
The kids are participants in a ground-up community arts initiative called Superhero Me. They include presechoolers from AWWA Kindle Garden; art students from Pathlight School; and children from the Lengkok Bahru neighbourhood. Together with other children from Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore School and MINDS Lee Kong Chian Gardens School, the Superhero Me community has been working out of The Art Faculty to put together an experiential art show called “Planet of Possibility” to express its hope for a more inclusive Singapore.
Through working together in Planet of Possibility, an art show currently running at the Objectifs Centre for Photography and Film, this diverse group of superheroes—eloquent as well as nonverbal, hyperactive as well as wheel-chaired—have made art their common language. The collaboration has empowered each individual with new ways of seeing the possibilities, rather than the impossible, in each other.
The captains of Superhero Me—volunteers in the project—have themselves become a familiar sight on the village compound. Wearing blue T-shirts, they run about with boisterous children, lugging big bags of recyclable materials.
Here, they talk about how working with kids of different abilities has changed their outlook on inclusion.