By Vanessa Ng and Marisse Reyes
As of June 2012, Qi has incubated its first external project, The Everyday Revolution. Inspired by the art of three autistic youths, The Everyday Revolution believes that special needs individuals have the ability to contribute to their own financial sustainability. The organization assists by connecting autistic artists and the Singapore community through art-inspired everyday experiences.
“We believe in our artists' talents. We believe in their art, and that their works can be used to help create a better everyday. Most importantly, we believe that their art can inspire society to think differently and inclusively about special needs.” – Sophia Tan, Founder of The Everyday Revolution
The Everyday Revolution launched its maiden campaign, called “Everyday Friends” at Cafe Baumkuchem in Raffles Place on 30 May 2012. It was a small, cozy affair with a few friends over a yummy bowl of chilled Japanese noodles. “Everyday Friends” was born out of the desire the team had to renew communications with their friends and to introduce a new and meaningful initiative. With that in mind, three of artist Looi Siao Siang's artworks were turned into postcards and fellow artist, Kenny, hand- packed of them into sets of 4 to sell! The postcards are also available for purchase online HERE.
The organization is powered by a close group of volunteers who were recently put to the test by during a volunteer orientation in June where they surprised everyone with their spontaneity and resolve. Agnes, one of the volunteers, shares her motivations as such, “I wanted to be actively involved in social work again. It is something I enjoy doing because it gives me a sense of accomplishment. Without doing it, I feel like there is something missing in life.”