MEET THE TEAM

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Amanda Chen

Managing Director / Founder

Amanda is a certified and experienced Art Therapist (MA-AT 2015 Masters in Art Therapy) and Arts Educator (Registered with MOE-AMIS). She has been active and current in the social work scene for the past decade and has worked with many charities and social enterprises

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like Red Pencil, Student Advisory Centre (Children’s Wishing Well), Center Pottery, Habitat for Humanity Singapore and was the Former Deputy Director of Social Creatives. She currently sits on the board as Honorary Secretary of the Rare Disorders Society of Singapore.

Prior, Amanda has been in the advertising industry for several years before starting her own branding and design agency that was running for more than 12 years. The healing arts and the work of a therapist resonated so deeply with her, she decided to pursue her Masters in Art Therapy to become an Art Therapist. Amanda is the founder for Art for Good and believes that a lot of good can be done through art using the platform of a social enterprise. She believes in the healing and therapeutic aspects of art and its many applications.

Amanda is an Art Therapist with Art for Good and The Red Pencil. She is also a lecturer at the School of Positive Psychology for a module in Art Therapy. She manages and oversees all the projects and programs under Art for Good, which uses art to create good! She creates children’s illustrations, sculptures and paintings in her free time.

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Gabriel Lee

General Manager

Gabriel’s passions have led him to become the General Manager of Art for Good. Transcending his love for photography, Gabriel is a CAAS certified Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Pilot specialising in aerial photography and cinematography.

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Over the past decade, he has worked his craft with various profit and non-profit organisations such as GuruRealiti, the Catholic Church, the People’s Association, and for online car magazine Revv-Motoring Singapore.

Gabriel finds passion and fulfilment in social work, with numerous years of experience in disaster response and humanitarian aid with Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS). He has led and organised mission teams to provide relief in countries such as Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka. During which, he has also worked with children with disabilities, people with financial difficulties, refugees of war and natural disasters. At Art for Good, Gabriel will get to combine his two passions, by doing good through art.

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ART THERAPIST TEAM

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Amanda Chen

Senior Art Therapist / Supervisor

Amanda Chen is a certified and experienced Art Therapist (MA-AT 2015 Masters in Art Therapy), with many years of experience in the field. She is also registered with MOE-AMIS which allows her

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to go into government schools to conduct art therapy and art programs. With a background and foundation in teaching in both government schools and as a Fine Arts Teacher with Deyi Academy of Fine Arts, she incorporates creative art mediums and learning techniques into her practice.

She has been active and current in the social work scene for the past decade and has worked with many charities and social enterprises. Amanda is a practicing Art Psychotherapist with Art for Good and The Red Pencil. She is also a lecturer at the School of Positive Psychology for a module in Art Therapy, where she teaches and incorporates Positive Art Therapy practices using a strengths based approach.

Amanda supervises the art therapy programs under Art for Good and also develops Art Therapy infused art curriculums and programs for various schools and organisations.

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Phylaine Toh

Art Therapist

Phylaine is an Art Therapist (MAAT 2018, Master of Art Therapy) who trained in Melbourne, Australia. She is passionate about working with younger clients whom are non-verbal or have other

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physical or learning disabilities through creating sensory-stimulating art therapy experiences tailored for their needs. Some common therapeutic goals include encouraging better control over gross and fine-motor functioning through sensory play, emotional regulation, increased joint attention, confidence, self-expression, and overall improvement in their quality of life, all incorporated in engaging and safe sessions.

Phylaine has worked with children and youths with Autism, deafblindness, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD and other neurological or complex physical conditions. She is also active in community services, spearheading programs addressing tough issues such as loneliness and self-identity with the local geriatric population. Some organisations that she has partnered includes the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore, TOUCH Community Services, Ang Mo Kio Family Care Centre, the Yellow Ribbon Project, United Overseas Bank, People’s Association, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, and Able Australia.

Apart from art therapy, Phylaine holds the Bachelor of Digital Marketing and Media, as well as a Bachelor in Design Communications (Hons). She is a branding and marketing specialist who has assisted multiple small-medium enterprises (SME) with building their businesses. She is also an award-winning travel photographer whose works were published in the National Geographic Magazine (2016).

Phylaine is a registered Professional Member of The Australian, New Zealand and Asian Creative Arts Therapies Association (ANZACATA) and the Art Therapists’ Association of Singapore (ATAS), as well as a People’s Association (PA) and MOE-registered AMIS trainer.

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Natalie Kang

Art Therapist

Natalie received her MA Art Therapy (with Distinction; Lasalle Scholarship for MA Studies; The Red Pencil Scholarship) and is a registered instructor with MOE. As an art therapist,

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she believes firmly in the transformative power of art therapy in healing and expressing what words cannot; and is deeply passionate about working with children and youths. Natalie has worked with children and youths living with special needs and learning differences, trauma, and mental health difficulties within a variety of settings such as early intervention, schools, homes and residential care. In addition, she co-facilitated museum-based art therapy programmes for various groups of community-dwelling seniors and youths/ volunteer participants. She also led an arts-based volunteering group at the Institute of Mental Health, where she engaged individuals with mood disorders and young persons with early psychosis.

Prior to pursuing art therapy, Natalie holds a BA (Hons) Psychology (Nanyang Scholarship) and a Diploma in Child Psychology and Early Education (with merit; NP Academic Achievement Scholarship).

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ARTIST / ART TEACHING TEAM

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Alena Chow

Nagomi Artist Teacher

Alena is a self-taught artist who reawakened her creativity through Japanese Pastel Nagomi Art. In August 2017, she stumbled upon a workshop and was so intrigued she signed up to become a

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trainer. This led to Alena pursuing a Diploma as an Associate Instructor and a Diploma in the Advanced Instructor course from Japan Pastel Hope Art Association (JPHAA). She continued to hone her art skills by learning from Fine Art Artists.

Since her first encounter, Alena has used the art form to explore self-care, self awareness and self expression,. She is passionate about the benefits, using it to build social and emotional wellness and resilience. Alena is a perfect example of not needing a formal arts education or having an arts background to pursue the arts. All one really needs is passion.

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Herbert Julian

Photographer / Art Teacher

Julian, first paragraph update, “Julian is a photographer with more than a decade of experience, having worked numerous projects internationally who liked his work so much that

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he chose Julian to be his choice photographer based in Singapore representing his company.

Julian is an individual who has truly followed his passion, through his struggles, he worked his way up from the bottom and now successfully runs his own studio JWalking Studio since 2012. His personal life experiences and struggles have allowed him to deeply relate and resonate with the mission of Art for Good, making him one of the key players driving the organisation.

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Peter Loh

Creative Consultant / Artist / Art Teacher

Peter was Amanda’s first Art Teacher, when she was 4 years old. Peter is a self-taught artist, cartoonist and graphic designer who has been doing freelance work and working in design

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houses for more than one and a half decades, creating a plethora of traditional and digital illustrations, logos and other graphic designs for hundreds of clients, from individuals to MNCs, and some for humoring himself. He has self-published a number of illustrated story books and also put his artistic skills to use in a string of educational books for various other authors, both locally and in the US. On top of that, Peter has also conducted art lessons in schools and company offices, as well as in charities and non-profit organizations, like the Down Syndrome Association of Singapore.

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Aryan Arora

Creative Consultant / Artist / Performing Artist

Aryan Arora (b.1999) is a visual and performance artist from India, currently based in Singapore. Aryan has graduated from Lasalle college of the arts Singapore, degree in Fine Arts from Goldsmiths University, United

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Kingdom. Coming from a society that enforces ideals on the individual, Aryan seeks to find new perspectives through his art making, confronting personal issues and the pressures of the society of today. His practice revolves around challenging societal norms to seek out the expression of the individual voice. He is currently exploring the medium of performance, and is a freelance artist working with murals and graffiti. Aryan believes that art is a means of communication and commentary, and equally a source of healing and therapy for the heart and soul. In a society where true selves are often masked, Aryan’s works seek out a sense of freedom in expressing the real self, and a healing the wounds of the inner world.

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Mia Yeh

Art Instructor

Mia Yeh is a trained makeup artist originally from Taiwan. Spending over 10 years here in Singapore, she has trained many local makeup artists in bridal and special effect makeup.

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Throughout her career, she was responsible from makeup assignments in university productions, corporate D&Ds and various public and private events. She is also conducting customized lipstick craft classes and healthy lollipop classes as team- building events from small groups to large corporate organizations.
Mia is an active believer of bringing people together by spending quality time though craftwork as a break to hectic lifestyles.

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