2020 has been a difficult year. From the xenophobia towards Asian Americans caused by COVID-19, to the worrisome disproportionate number of COVID-19 cases affecting Pacific Islanders, and to the national uprisings surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement, we must look to end the year with hope.  We must learn, grow and become stronger together as we embrace the lesson that as much as #hateisavirus, #KindnessHeals.


The face mask has become an iconic symbol and essential in the fight against COVID-19. Using this as a blank canvas in which to inspire and educate our youth, Act to Change (ATC), the Daniel K. Inouye Institute (DKII), and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APAC) are launching a PPE (personal protective equipment) mask design campaign around the theme “Kindness Heals.” 


Art is a form of expression that can be both cathartic and inspire positive action. Youth will be encouraged to participate in the #KindnessHeals campaign through submitting photos of their PPE mask designs or a short vides explaining the inspiration of their PPE mask design. ATC, DKII, and APAC will create an educational curriculum and kits to accompany the #KindnessHeals campaign for classroom use.  


Launching November 13th in honor of World Kindness Day, participating youth and classes will engage throughout the Winter in various online conversations and virtual exhibitions.



Act to Change prioritizes safety and strives to provide a safe and welcoming environment at all of our events, programs, activities, conferences, exhibits, etc.. As an agency that works with children and minors (a person who is less than 18 years of age), we are required to report instances of suspected child abuse or maltreatment when presented with reasonable cause. 

Submissions that depict, describe, narrate, express, or reasonably detail child abuse, will be denied and will be reported to a proper social service agency. This can include: 

  • Physical injury inflicted on a child by other than accidental means.

  • Sexual intercourse or sexual contact with a child under the age of 16 or with a 16 or 17 year-old child without his or her consent.

  • Sexual exploitation of a child.

  • Causing a child to view or listen to sexual activity for purposes of sexual arousal or sexual gratification. 

  • Exposing genitals or pubic area to a child or exposing a child’s genitals or pubic area for purposes of sexual arousal or sexual gratification. 

  • “Emotional damage” is defined as harm to a child’s psychological or intellectual functioning

We want to inform all potential registrants and participants about our mandated reporting policy to ensure the overall safety and wellbeing for the entire Act to Change community at large. Thank you for your understanding!





Deadline: Pink Shirt Day, February 24th, 2021


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Submit Your #KindnessHeals Artwork

Disclaimer: Submissions are meant to inspire and set a positive example. Any submission that is deemed by ATC/DKII/APAC to be obscene or offensive, endorse any form of hate or hate group, or partisan political in nature, or is in violation of any law shall be removed from participation in the campaign.

Having trouble submitting the form or uploading your artwork? Please email your submission to with the subject title “#KindnessHeals – [First & Last Name]”