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Niagara Falls “Water for Life” Children and Adolescent Art Workshops
Summary: Art Workshops engaging 120-240 kids/adolescents through art sensitize the importance of clean drinking water in our lives today and to protect it in the future. Best selected Artworks from 10 – 12 participants approved by an Art Committee will represent Niagara Falls in itinerant International art exhibitions in prestigious spaces in Florence, Italy in November 2019 as part of the United Nations’ III edition of the World Day for the Rights of Children.
About the Project:
This project provides a unique opportunity for Niagara Falls’ children to connect with others around the world, learning the importance of clean water from a global perspective. The objective is to sensitize children to the role they play in protecting water as an essential element of life, demonstrated through artistic expression.
Funding this proposal supports inclusive art workshops for >120 children/youth held at the Niagara Falls Public Library. By reaching out to community organizations (such as DSBN and NCDSB, Niagara Regional Native Centre, Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre and the Niagara Region Metis Council), the program will involve children of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
Five to seven local artists under the mentorship of Antoine Gaber will provide artistic coaching by engaging each child’s natural curiosity of nature and their interpretation of environmental awareness of what water means to them. The project builds on the work of Antoine Gaber, Artistic Director of the Water for Life exhibition, launched at the world premiere here in Niagara Falls, where 20% of the world’s fresh water passes by each day.
At the Workshops completion we will exhibit >120 artworks relating to water. Artworks will be displayed to the public at the Niagara Falls Art Gallery/ Niagara Children’s Museum and NF Library.
EXHIBITION OF ARTWORKS
|Niagara Falls Public Library 4848 Victoria Avenue Niagara Falls Ontario L2E 4C5, CANADA||OPENING (VERNISSAGE): SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2019 EXHIBITION PERIOD: 7-22 SEPTEMBER 2019|
|Niagara Falls Art Gallery/ Niagara Children’s Museum 8058 Oakwood Drive Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6S5, CANADA||OPENING (VERNISSAGE): October 17, 2019EXHIBITION FROM: October 10- December 19, 2019|
|MURATE MUSEUM, AND INSTITUTO INNOCENTI, FLORENCE ITALY||OPENING (VERNISSAGE): 20 NOVEMBER 2019 ITINERANT INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION|
About: “World Day for the Rights of Children and Adolescence” THIRD EDITION. November 20th, 2019.
On this date we commemorate when the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1989, the UN Convention for the Rights of Children and Adolescence. Eglantyne Jebb, lady of the Red Cross in 1923, wrote the “Charter of the Rights of the Child”.
Still today, many children and adolescents, even in Italy, are victims of violence, abuse and discrimination and live with obvious signs of psychological, scholastic and cultural neglect.
We need to be aware of the importance of treating children and adolescents as “individuals”, with their “rights and needs”, without allowing them to have a secondary role within the society and moreover, as a family member.
It is evident that the protection of these “rights and needs” must play an active part in school, for their health, in recreation, art and culture, and in daily family life.
For this reason this initiative partnered with “Water for Life” International Art Exhibition, an international artistic and cultural project that highlights the importance of clean drinkable water with a series of artworks inspired by the theme of water. The objective of “Water for Life” is to raise awareness among the public and children about the important social and cultural issue: “More than a billion individuals – one in seven people on the planet – now lack access to safe drinking water.”
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES: Sweden, Canada, USA, Spain (Barcelona) and Mexico.
Thanks to the collaboration of Antoine Gaber, Artistic Director of “Water for Life” International Art Exhibition and to Angelina Herrera, International Cultural Promoter / Art Event Coordinator, who are responsible to obtain the visual testimonies of young people from other countries.
We also thank the Primo Conti Foundation, the collaboration of the Fiesolani Artists, the Municipality of Fiesole, the City of Florence, the Council Commission 7 and Barbara Cascini, Curator of the project.
On the World Day (November 20), the itinerant exhibition will open at the Murate, and subsequently will continue at the “Istituto Innocenti.”, in Florence, Italy.