The Best of You is a social movement about appreciation back in its 4th year! The movement persuades people to reflect on and appreciate the experiences that have brought out the best in them. In 2017, The Best of You advocates People First as a key theme of appreciation. In particular, it encourages everyone to understand and appreciate people in marginalised communities, such as migrant workers and people with disabilities, as people first. In doing so, it hopes to challenge stereotypes and remove social barriers that disadvantage their lives.
Mr Sai Tzy Horng, founder and spokesperson for The Best of You shared that “I believe inclusion begins with stories. Storytelling reveals the diversity inherent within our communities and allows for more understanding of our differences. Storytelling thus makes Singaporeans more inclusive, and Singapore a more harmonious society. I have always been impressed with the way in which Singapore strives for social harmony. The Best of You hopes to further this noble cause by showcasing the many beautiful stories and voices of Singaporeans.”
The Best of You movement is bringing inclusion to the people through an free-to-enter exhibition, organised in collaboration with National Library Board.
Visitors can immerse themselves in a collection of genuine and compelling stories from those who live amongst us. These stories serve to highlight the movement’s theme of People First, where we call upon our community to appreciate every individual as who he/she is, instead of the social labels assigned by the mainstream society.
Special guest, Grace Phua will also join as a guest artist in an interactive storytelling and sign language session on weekends. Grace will be sharing interesting short stories, including one that she has recently written called “Mommy, can you hear me?” (Grace’s mother has contributed to the cover illustrations). Growing up in a family in which both her parents are deaf, Grace will share her unique experience with the audience including some basic sign language as part of an immersive learning experience!
School Outreach Programme
Alongside with reaching out to the public, The Best of You social movement also runs in local primary and secondary schools in the form of drama productions and exhibitions. This year, the dramas touch on appreciation for the communities of migrant workers and people with disabilities. The movement hopes to sensitise students in Singapore’s educational system, to the lives, challenges and hardships of foreign workers and people with disabilities. You can find attached some post cards dedication from the students who participated in this programme.
An inclusive space for all, this exhibition will bring forth stories which exemplify The Best of You’s spirit of appreciating people foremost for their humanity and values. Members of the public can look forward to inspiring stories from everyday characters such as families, friends and migrant workers, along with pieces by established and up-and coming artists, as well as a host of family-friendly activities showing inclusion in practice.
Interactive activities showing inclusion in action include:
Storytelling for all by Grace Phua
2, 3, 9 & 10 September, 3pm to 4pm (Marine Parade Public Library)
7, 8, 14 & 15 October, 3pm to 4pm (Serangoon Public Library)
Grace Phua will be sharing interesting short stories, including one that she has recently written called “Mommy, can you hear me?” It will be an engaging and interactive session as there will be a short skit. Grace will also be teaching the young audience basic sign language to increase understanding for the deaf community. Mark down the dates in your calendar and get to know Grace in person!
Face Painting by Bella Belle
2, 3, 9 & 10 September, 4pm to 6pm (Marine Parade Public Library)
7,8, 14 & 15 October, 4pm to 6pm (Serangoon Public Library)
Bella’s experience as a former graduate from Institution of Technical Education (ITE) taught her not to judge people so readily before really knowing the person. Having gone through the trauma of being seen as a ‘less worthy student’ because she studied in ITE, Bella created a series of painted face masks titled ‘Judging’ which will be exhibited at the libraries.
Bella first started her face painting journey as a way to supplement her school fees after the early demise of her father, the sole bread winner in the family.
Seeing it as more than just a job, she has since discovered immense joy in seeing the delightful faces of the children when they see their favourite artwork being painted on. Watch Bella live in action with her face painting!
The Best of You Mini Exhibition @ Marine Parade Public Library
Date: 2 – 15 September 2017
Time: 10am to 9pm
Admission: Free entry
Venue: 278 Marine Parade Road, #01-02, Marine Parade Community Building, Singapore 449282
The Best of You Mini Exhibition @ Serangoon Public Library
Date: 2 – 15 October 2017
Time: 11am to 9pm
Admission: Free entry
Venue: 23 Serangoon Central, #04-82/83, NEX Shopping Mall, Singapore 556083
For more details on The Best of You and 2017 public activities, please visit www.the-best-of-you.com