CausewayEXchange Healing Through Arts: Anxiety And Isolation In The Age Of COVID-19

Causeway Exchange Healing Through Arts: Anxiety And Isolation In The Age Of COVID-19


Covid-19 pandemic has impacted our lifestyle. With many new terms used such as social distancing, work from home, and the new normal. This new normal has brought greater scrutiny in our relationship with our family, friends, and ourselves.

Not all of us are well equipped to live this 'new normal': not all of us have the same coping mechanism to cope since our family life, jobs, and livelihoods are impacted. As the quote goes, "we are in the same storm but not all of us are in the same boat." In this, we are facing uncertainty while coping with circumstances where our usual social support is not available and, anxiety and isolation have become a challenge for many.

Experts from Singapore and Malaysia will share their experiences and insights on how different people from different societies cope with the pandemic and the social circumstance that has arisen from it. Our panel will be sharing how you can be creative and work towards managing anxiety in isolation, by using the arts or maybe just your voice.

The difference between the way Malaysia and Singapore handle the spread of the Covid-19
How the difference in handling the current situation shows the cultural and/or societal differences
How art actually serves as a common tool across culture and people



Gurpreet Kaur Kalsi (Music Therapist & Music Psychotherapist)
Preet began practising music therapy in 1999 soon after qualifying. She is a mental health practitioner in clinical and community settings with diverse populations and needs.

Her special interests are in grief therapy, abuse, trauma, suicide, psychosis, personality disorders, and chronic pain. She now conducts her clinic at Jesselton Medical Centre in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Preet maintains an internship programme under her consultancy, Healing Sounds Music Therapy in Borneo, for trainee therapists to gain insights and develop reflexivity intersecting clinical knowledge with local and indigenous cultures.

Preet is also a drum circle facilitator, with a focus on facilitation for clinical populations.

Serene Goh (Senior program executive, SAMH creative, mindset hub)
Serene Goh designs, facilitates and evaluates creative programmes for the community as part of her work in mental health prevention and rehabilitation.

She helped to set up SAMH Creative SAY!; a neighbourhood youth wellness centre, in 2017. She holds a B.A. in Development Studies from Brown University and an M.A. in Creative Writing from LASALLE College of the Arts.

Resilience Through Expressive Writing:
A look at how we may understand personal resilience as we go through anxiety and isolation during COVID-19. Helpful expressive writing tools will be shared, as one way of self-help and healing through the arts.

Activity Coordinator:

Dorothy Lim (Programme specialist, SAMH creative mindset hub)
Before joining SAMH, Dorothy held a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Communication) from the School of Art, Design, and Media from Nanyang Technological University. She also graduated with a Master in Counselling from Singapore University of Social Sciences.

As a Programme Specialist of SAMH Creative MINDSET Hub, Dorothy Lim facilitates in-house art workshops for clients and participants. She also conducts external art workshops for various organisations, schools, and corporate companies.

She is interested in working with people as well as knowing the personal experiences of the therapeutic effects and healing nature of the arts. Dorothy has been working in the mental health sector for eight years and has started clinical work as a counsellor.

Acceptance & Autonomy Through Visual Arts:
As our world seems to spin out of control during this COVID-19 pandemic, let us learn how the artmaking process helps us manage our anxiety and regain our sense of balance. An interactive drawing exercise will be introduced as a point of reflection.

Webinar Moderator:

Mr. Phan Ming Yen (Chief Executive Officer of Global Cultural Alliance [GCA] )
At present Chief Executive Officer of Global Cultural Alliance (GCA) a not for profit arts and culture organisation since 2015. Phan Ming Yen has close to 30 years of working experience in various fields such as journalism, arts management, content creation, and place management.

Phan began his career as a journalist with The Straits Times covering the arts scene in the early to mid-90s. From 1996 to 2000. Phan was with The Esplanade where he was the founding editor of The Arts Magazine which is Singapore’s first full-fledged arts magazine.

For his work in journalism, Phan received Australia’s Cultural Awards Scheme in 1999, an initiative of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. From 2002 to 2012 Phan was with the former The Old Parliament House Ltd which was responsible for overseeing the transformation for the former parliament house into The Arts House.

Here, Phan’s versatility saw him conceptualising programmes and original productions (together with the National Arts Council Phan led the team which co-organised two successful Singapore Writers Festival in 2007 and 2009) and leading the organisation on international cross-cultural programmes to Hong Kong, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.

With Global Cultural Alliance, Phan has led projects to Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, and India as well as produced programmes for the Singapore Writers Festival. Central to GCA’s work is also its arts and culture initiatives for inmates and ex-offenders as well as arts programmes that focus on wellness and therapy.

Phan is a recipient of the Ministry of Education’s Service to Education Award in 2014 for his service as a member of Mayflower Primary School’s School Advisory Committee and also the recipient of the National Arts Council’s Arts Creation Grant in 2015 for the writing of a novel.


Date: Sunday, 12th July 2020
Time: 11am


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