Faris Basharahil is the Founder and Director of Social Creatives, a non-profit social enterprise that promotes community art. Social Creatives connect people to social issues through artistic expression; its projects include public murals and artistic workshops with non-profit organisations and people from less fortunate backgrounds. Social Creatives also paints one-room rental flats at discounted prices (free for the occupants) and operates a museum in a retail mall.
Faris has been featured on CNN for the Void Deck Art Gallery Initiative, a series of murals – created by people aged 4 to 70 – featuring the art work of Vincent van Gogh.
He earned more than a million dollars for Social Creatives before he was 25 years old.
In 2012, Faris was nominated and accepted into the Executive Programme on Non-Profit Management at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.
Faris’ community journey started when he was 14 years old. He’s an alumnus of the National Youth Council’s Young Changemakers, a former youth president of the Siglapian Alumni Association and grassroots leader with the People’s Association Youth Movement. In 2007, Faris was part of a Temasek Polytechnic Community Service Club team that received the President’s Award for Social Service.
“When confronted with the great challenges of our times,” says Faris “Singapore’s youth need to demonstrate empathy, not apathy.”
Faris served on ONE (SINGAPORE)’s Executive Committee from 2009 – 2012, before joining the Board of Advisors.