Over the years, the number of persons on the autism spectrum ARC(S) served had increased. To continue to create more job opportunities for those not in open employment, ARC(S) entered the space of social enterprises with the setting up of The Art Faculty Ltd and Prof Brawn Ltd.
Besides creating job opportunities, ARC(S) hopes to promote different abilities and special talents through these social enterprises.
The Art Faculty (“TAF”) is a social enterprise that retails artwork and merchandise created from the special talent of people on the autism spectrum and related challenges.
For every sale of artwork and merchandise of artwork and product, our differently-abled artists earn royalties, and also learn about the value of work and financial independence. TAF also collaborates with brands, retailers, organisations, social enterprises and art practitioners to maximise the potential and showcase the talents of artists with special needs.
Artists on Royalty Scheme
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with Singapore Airlines (SIA) in May 2018 to feature artwork by our artists on SIA’s in-flight products such as the snack boxes and amenity kits. TAF products were also launched online on KrisShop Cares.
TAF launched the first vending machine in March 2019 at Sentosa Boardwalk as part of the launch of the new Boardwalk Advendture to bring the spirit of inclusion to the visitors on Sentosa Island.
TAF participated in Pop-Up Booths at major public events and venues such as Purple Parade, Winter Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay and Changi Airport Terminal 2.
The Art Faculty's year-end art exhibitions featured 36 student artists at the Enabling Village flagship store.
Prof Brawn Ltd is a Food and Beverage (F&B) social enterprise by Autism Resource Centre (Singapore). The “Professor Brawn” brand and ‘know how’ was gifted to the charity in mid 2018.
The café’s mission is to provide affordable good food by an inclusive quality workforce comprising people of different abilities, ages and socio-economic backgrounds. Prof Brawn opened its first outlet at Raffles Institution during July 2018.
Special collaboration with Gong Cha Singapore as a community project to support the vision of inclusion. Gong Cha’s healthy range of drinks is available at Professor Brawn Café - Raffles Institution outlet. Part of the proceeds are donated back to ARC(S).