G.E.M. and Fans Using Art to Encourage Youths to “Break Free” from Bullying
During her recent meet up with her Fans in Singapore, G.E.M. gave of her support to CABCY (Coalition Against Bullying for Children & Youth), an anti-bullying charity organisation. Together with about a hundred fans, they used art as a form of expression to encourage victims of bullying to break free from the emotional and mental traps of bullying.
With the advancement of technology, Cyber Bullying has grown to be a phenomenon. Henceforth, there is an urgency to educate our youth about the problems of bullying and why it is important to be socially responsible in cyberspace. G.E.M. hoped that through this activity, it will increase the public’s awareness on bullying, understand that bullying will cause psychological and emotion stress on the victim, at times leading to suicide.
Esther Ng, the President / Founder of CABCY and an Art Psychotherapist by profession, led everyone to use colours and paint to express the feelings of being bullied on an empty face mask. Everyone soon got carried away and engaged in a personal moment of expressing those feelings onto their own face mask. As G.E.M. became more engaged in her painting, she creatively and boldly went one to paint her own hands with different colours and printed her handprints on the side of her own face mask. Esther, who is an Art Psychotherapist by profession was moved to see her creative expression. It was a priceless and sincere piece of artwork. The Fans also expressed their creativity. One had painted black tears on the mask, while another had drew a distorted face. Esther explained that this is an emotional outcry. After having poured out all the negative emotion, there will be rooms to be filled with more positive and healthier emotion for the individual. The sight of 100 fans engaged in painting the same voice to advocate against bullying was a heart-warming experience for everyone.
Through the process of using the paints to express her memories, G.E.M. experienced the power of Art Therapy. She believed that art is able to calm a person down and to listen to his/her own inner voice better without being interrupted. She said that everyone needs a place to be able to explore and express. She also added that we could motivate ourselves more, spend more time with friends who are positive and encouraging as it will enable one to break free and live life with a better self. During this event, G.E.M. had her first experience in doing an advocacy video with her fans. In the video, everyone wore a mask painted with the expression of pain and hurts. They slowly removed the mask, and smiles spread over their faces. Under the lead of G.E.M., everyone threw the mask away as a symbol of throwing the pains of the past away courageously and facing the future with smile.
In her MV 'Heartbeat', G.E.M. played the role of a girl who was being bullied in school. Her song sent out a strong message of anti-bullying by living a courageous new life. Through this collaboration with CABCY, G.E.M. had again made a strong stand against bullying behaviour.
G.E.M. is grateful to be able to have the opportunity to be involved in a charitable event with her fans, and at the same time, able to help CABCY with their fund raising campaign. She is excited that the turn out had been overwhelming for this event. Apart from fans from Singapore, some travelled from Malaysia, Hong Kong and China to give of their support. Although there was a big crowd, it was intimate and cosy. All the fans were cooperative and patient throughout the day as a way of support for the event. Creativity came about naturally and with ease during the face mask painting. G.E.M. hopes that everyone will continue to stand together and bring more positive energy for the society.
CABCY is a non-profit organisation that advocate against bullying among the children and youth. Since founded 10 years ago, CABCY had managed to create awareness and eventually an anti-Harassment Law against all forms of bullying, including cyber and school bullying was passed in 2015.