GEM is a community development organisation, using Culture, Arts and Technology to inspire youth towards creativity and health. It achieves this by hosting in-person and online free educational arts and health workshops. These provide coaching support, community engagement, and offer ‘Art-for-Purpose’ opportunities to mobilise young people to stay at their creative passion!
what GEM stands for
GEM stands for Giving Emotions Meaning. How does GEM do this? The best way for young adults to learn how to become aware of their feelings and inherited beliefs, and to improve their emotional literacy, is to be more equipped to redirect these states into something creative. GEM does this providing access to cultural practices – practical arts-health workshops, coaching and annual arts-health retreats!
what's on at GEM
18 SEPTEMBER 2021- CREATIVE DETOX, KARACHI
GEM is back to Pakistan to support young adults invited to Karachi Youth Impact’s “Creative Detox” Day! This event will include a keynote by GEM’s Founder, Ange Weinrabe, and co-keynote speakers, Siena Bordignon (Sydney) and Rutaba Syed (Karachi).
22 SEPTEMBER 2021 – KAIROS
Kairos Where creativity, culture, and community collide, is a hybrid online festival taking place to celebrate the resilience of humanity and connect with like-minded people. Kairos, streaming out of Melbourne, VIC will feature acts and keynote speeches from creatives, entrepreneurs, and community leaders.
GEM Connect will host breakout rooms under two different themes – Enterprise and Explore. Participants are encouraged to visit the different Breakout Rooms at their own leisure, and head to the Main Session for social networking. A highly interactive online event, Kairos unlocks the social potential of Zoom.
The festival is entirely volunteer designed and run, with tickets priced on a “pay as you feel” model (baseline *$5). *All ticket donations will go towards the Propel Fund which supports emerging community leaders.
17 NOVEMBER 2021 – ART COMMISSION, SYDNEY
Post-GEMAH-SYD interested participants who wish to learn more about collaborative opportunities to cross-promote their artworks and skills were invited to contact GEM and self-nominate to participate in GEMAH-SYD Phase 2 activities. Programs inspire young people as they encourage creativity as an important way to enhance healthy emotional expression.
One of the activities, upon invitation by The University of Sydney, the Faculty of Science’s School for History and Philosophy of Science – is the commission of a novel and innovative artwork.
The commission themed – Eclipsed – tells the story of Dr Ilse Rosenthal-Schneider, an Australian physicist, immigrating from Germany to Sydney in 1939. Eclipsed by her academic peers and almost erased from the records. She remains a mystery!
APRIL 2022 – EMERGING YOUNG ARTIST EXHIBITION
This event, supported by City of Sydney, is to showcase the artworks of emerging young artists in the local area of Sydney, most of whom are GEM Alumni! Stay posted for venue and dates (in-person event Subject to CO19).
How GEM CONNECTS YOUTH
GEM connects young people to a vibrant community of like-minded and hearted individuals. We do this through sharing lived experience, providing educational content, and offering creative opportunities – such as running various ‘Art-for-Purpose’ events!
Most importantly, emerging young artists remain connected to their GEM peers locally and abroad, with the aim to keep each other inspired and to stay at their creative passions!
GEM is a New Social Health Movement (NSHM) where young people come together and bring about social change because they stay at their creative passions and join together – using cultural practices to communicate their message!