Our Statutory Boards and Agencies carry out programmes that support our policies and initiatives, breathing passion into our initiatives to get the ground moving.
Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (Muis), also known as the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore, was established in 1968 when the Administration of Muslim Law Act (AMLA) came into effect.
Muis' role is to see that the many and varied interests of Singapore's Muslim community are looked after. In this regard Muis is responsible for the promotion of religious, social, educational, economic and cultural activities in accordance with the principles and traditions of Islam as enshrined in the Holy Quran and Sunnah. Muis also advises the President of Singapore on all matters relating to Islam in Singapore.
The National Arts Council was formed in 1991 to champion the arts in Singapore. By nurturing creative excellence and supporting broad audience engagement, NAC's diverse and distinctive arts inspire people, connect communities and profile Singapore internationally.
The Council preserves Singapore’s rich cultural traditions while cultivating accomplished artists and vibrant companies for the future. Its support for the arts is also comprehensive – from grants and partnerships to industry facilitation and arts housing.
The Council welcomes greater private and corporate giving to and through the arts so that the arts can be made an integral part of everyone’s lives.
The National Heritage Board (NHB) is the custodian of Singapore’s heritage, and is responsible for telling the Singapore story, sharing the Singaporean experience and imparting the Singapore spirit.
NHB was formed in 1993 and its mission is to preserve and celebrate the shared heritage of our diverse communities, for the purpose of education, nation-building and cultural understanding. It manages the national museums, heritage institutions and the Bras Basah/ Bugis precinct, and sets policies relating to heritage sites, National Monuments and the national collection. Through the national collection, NHB curates heritage programmes and presents exhibitions to connect the past, present and future generations of Singaporeans.
The People’s Association (PA) was established on 1 July 1960 to promote racial harmony and social cohesion in Singapore. PA's mission is to build and bridge communities in achieving one people, one Singapore.
PA offers a wide range of programmes to cater to Singaporeans from all walks of life - connecting people to people, and people and government. This is done through a network of 1,800 grassroots organisations (GROs), over 100 Community Clubs, five Community Development Councils, the National Community Leadership Institute and Water-Venture outlets.
Sport Singapore, formerly known as the Singapore Sports Council, was established in 1973. Its core purpose is to inspire the Singapore spirit and transform Singapore through sport. Through innovative, fun and meaningful sporting experiences, Sport Singapore reaches out and serves communities across Singapore with passion and pride.
With Vision 2030 – Singapore’s sports master plan, the team's mandate goes beyond winning medals. Sport Singapore uses sport to create greater sporting opportunities and access, more inclusivity and integration as well as broader development of capabilities.
Sport Singapore also works with a vast network of public-private-people sector partners for individuals to live better through sports.
The Hindu Endowments Board (HEB) was set up in 1968 to administer the endowments placed under its administration. These endowments include the Sri Mariamman Temple, Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Sri Sivan Temple and Sri Vairavimada Kaliamman Temple. HEB also has supervisory powers over the accounts of all Hindu endowments in Singapore- even those not administered by the Board.
In addition, HEB manages a halfway house (HEB-Ashram) together with the help from the Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE), and is a member of the Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore (IRO). The Board also organises major Hindu festivals like Thaipusam and Firewalking.
National Gallery Singapore is a progressive visual arts institution which oversees the largest public collection of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Reflecting Singapore’s unique heritage and geographical location, the Gallery creates dialogues between the art of Singapore, Southeast Asia and the world to foster and inspire a creative and inclusive society. This is reflected in the Gallery’s collaborative research, education, long-term and special exhibitions, and innovative programming.
The Gallery also works with international museums such as Centre Pompidou, Musée d'Orsay and Tate Britain to jointly present Southeast Asian art in the global context, positioning Singapore as a key node in the global visual arts scene.
The National Youth Council (NYC) is the national body coordinating holistic youth development in Singapore and the focal point of international youth affairs. NYC was restructured into an autonomous agency in 2015 and together with the Outward Bound Singapore and Youth Corps Singapore, drives youth development and broaden outreach to young Singaporeans and youth sector organisations.
NYC believes in a world where young people are respected and heard, and have the ability to influence and make a difference to the world. The council seeks to advocate youth interests, connect the youth sector and enable holistic youth development. Together with its partners, NYC develops future-ready youth who are committed to Singapore by instilling in them a heart for service, resilience and an enterprising spirit.
The School of the Arts (SOTA) is Singapore’s only national pre-tertiary specialised arts school with a six-year integrated arts and academic curriculum, leading to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or Career-related Programme.
SOTA offers a dedicated development path for those who have interest and show early talent in the arts, providing a learning environment where both the artistic and academic potential of youths aged 13 to 18 years old can best be realised.
With a vision to groom creative citizens for the future, SOTA aims to nurture artistic and creative learners who positively impact Singapore and the world, through a vibrant learning environment that is anchored in the arts.
The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) is a contemporary art museum which focuses on art-making and art- thinking in Singapore, Southeast Asia and Asia, encompassing a worldwide perspective on contemporary art practice. SAM advocates and makes accessible interdisciplinary contemporary art through research-led and evolving curatorial practice.
Since it opened in January 1996, SAM has built up one of the most important collections of contemporary art from the region. It seeks to seed and nourish a stimulating and creative space in Singapore through exhibitions and public programmes, and to deepen every visitor’s experience. These include outreach and education, research and publications, as well as cross-disciplinary residencies and exchanges.
Singapore Sports School is the only specialised Independent School that offers a select group of sports-inclined youths an integrated academic and sports programme in a world-class environment.
The Sports School aims to provide a quality athlete-friendly and sport-focused academic programme to nurture future-ready student-athletes – one that is founded upon principles of exemplary teaching and learning. Sport programmes develop student-athletes optimally based on Long-Term Athlete Development principles, while academically, it offers student-athletes the GCE "O" Level Examinations and several post-secondary through-train pathways.
Through various platforms and programmes, the Sports School envisages that every student-athlete will graduate as learned champions with character, imbued with the values of respect, integrity, responsibility, excellence and resilience.
STPI is a dynamic creative workshop and contemporary art gallery that is committed to promoting artistic experimentation in the mediums of print and paper. STPI has become one of the most cutting-edge destinations for contemporary art in Asia.
Through its incubator programme, the STPI Creative Workshop produces unique collaboration with leading international artists to challenge conventions in art and explore new trajectories in their practice.
The STPI Gallery fosters the exchange of ideas in contemporary art with its diverse exhibitions and public programme. The gallery also regularly participates in international fairs which enables it to nurture and sustain local and international interest in both its residency artists and in the mediums of print and paper.
Esplanade is Singapore’s national performing arts centre and its programming is guided by its social mission—to entertain, engage, educate and inspire. It seeks to enrich everyone’s lives, including seniors, youth, children and underserved communities, through the arts. The centre’s year-long calendar of about 3,500 arts performances and activities span different cultures, languages and genres including dance, music, theatre, and more.
The centre works in close partnership with local, regional and international artists to develop artistic capabilities and content, push artistic boundaries and engage audiences. Esplanade supports the creation of artistic content by commissioning and producing new Singapore and Asian work for the international stage. It also develops technical capabilities for the industry nationally.