Connecting Cultures

GEM is a social enterprise – a New Social Health Movement – that aims to support emerging young creatives through its international Arts & Health Program (GEMAH).

Each year, GEMAH engages with a different international community of young people to provide training and psychosocial support in our humanitarian efforts to build a new global social and health movement that connects young people to their emotions, empowering them to enact their extraordinary purpose in changing their world.

Artists are stereotyped for having to suffer in order to follow their passion. All students and professionals, regardless of their industry, struggle in their own way. It is a matter of understanding the struggle and tackling the obstacles effectively, with this insight of hope in mind. This may not come naturally to everyone and may result in frustration, negative attitudes and ultimately, emerging talented young artists give up.

GEMAH provides psychosocial support to all young people through face-to-face training and post-training online support that gives a set of tools – including our own unique binaural beats music – to enable a healthy understanding and expression of emotions and to enhance confidence and resilience in their decision-making processes. For GEMAH, emotional engagement comes through an awareness of how our belief systems affect our wellbeing and sense of authenticity and meaning. These belief systems can then be shifted through community engagement, connection, creativity, and collaboration.

In 2018, GEM worked with young refugees and refugee workers in Belgrade, Serbia. In 2019, GEM with the support of Karachi Biennale Trust delivered GEMAH-KB19 at the Karachi Biennale. This ongoing initiative is aimed at creating awareness of wellbeing among youth, especially emerging young artists. In 2020-21, GEM will run its GEMAH program in Sydney, Australia, in conjunction with the City of Sydney Council. This program is well-supported by local service providers such as educational institutions, businesses, and community centres.