Angelita Teo

Director, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore
"Join me on the 7th of March 2019 alongside other GCDN members where we will uncover the transformation of urban spaces into cultural and educational districts to build a creative economy. Learn more on the overview page and register now to be part of this."

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Angelita Teo is the Director of the National Museum of Singapore (NMS). She was appointed in July 2013, and was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) the following year for her contributions towards the development of a vibrant cultural and heritage sector in Singapore. Between 2014 and 2015, she  helmed the Museum’s complete revamp of its permanent galleries, which reopened in September 2015. Since 2012, Angelita has also headed the Festivals and Precinct Development Division of the National Heritage Board (NHB), which oversees the development of the vibrant Bras Basah and Bugis (BBB) precinct in the heart of the city. Through various grounds-up initiatives and place-making efforts, the precinct is today a centre for education, arts, design and heritage, with a unique mix of Singapore’s rich cultures and modern art and architecture.  In 2017, Angelita was invited to join the advisory board of the Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN), an international federation of global centres of arts and culture, of which BBB is a member. She is also the Festival Director of the iconic Singapore Heritage Festival and Singapore Night Festival, which together reach out to over 2 million visitors annually. In 2016, she undertook the management of the Museum Roundtable Unit, which aims to build and facilitate a stronger museum-going culture in Singapore. Angelita started her museum career as an Assistant Curator in 1996. She pursued a Masters in Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne in 2011, under a full government scholarship by the then Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA).