Over the past four and a half years, Big Picture Foundation has created opportunities for kids from 31 countries and from as many different backgrounds to use the arts to promote collaboration, communication, leadership, and community-building initiatives.
Since this time last year, Big Picture Foundation has published three online galleries featuring art submissions by kids from China, Costa Rica, Egypt, England, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Nepal, Russia, Samoa, the United States of America, and Venezuela. Kids from five continents used art to draw attention to our earth, during our summer 2019 initiative. Kids in Spain and Kenya worked on projects to promote respect for human differences. In the United States, kids in Rye, NY invited children who were in foster care, awaiting US reunification with family, to an evening of crafts and dinner. Another group of children made pillows embroidered with Spanish slogans of hope that were given to the visitors. Kids knit hats for families in need of winter warmth and created uplifting sidewalk art to offer hope and to show gratitude to first responders. They organized concerts for their communities and created videos of themselves reading storybooks in their native languages for an online library that will be offered as a resource for kids in quarantine. They spoke about our activities during a post-conference United Nations Day networking session. One child even used her moment of glory, running her first half-marathon, as an opportunity to raise funds and awareness to support our work.
The proceeds from Giving Tuesday will help with our online, local, and global programming. We also hope to raise enough to be able to contract specialists to help BPF take steps forward.
Thank you so much for helping Big Picture Foundation to thrive!
Kim Tamalonis, Executive Director