Helena Moefu | 11-13 years old | My art work shows how I feel about 2020. And I drew it in a dumpster and fire on top of it because if I’m going to be completely honest I think that 2020 was a very crazy and terrible year. Because, if u look back at all the different events in 2020 the mostly negativity impacted the world during 2020.
Charla Teves | 14-19 years old | Kindness heals as a theme and a life philosophy speaks to me in the timeless way of Shakespeare. My mask design is a take on Shakespeare's famous quote in Hamlet, "to be, or not to be." I chose this design because kindness is truly a choice -- one that must be made with conscious intention. I have made it appear that "kindness healeth" is a genuine Hamlet quote because I believe that the humor in the parody strengthens the importance of the message. Finally, my design is an homage to my brother who is an actor studying Shakespeare at college in New York. Though he is far from his Hawaii roots, I hope that he will spread kindness and the aloha spirit out in the world, as well as experience the kindness of strangers who become his friends.
Leila Manitas | 11-13 years old | My art work has a BLM and the LGBTQ+ . I have many names of the people of color that has past from being innocent (rip) . I put this on my “mask” because the black community is very important to me and no one should be dying from being innocent. I also put the LBGTQ+ flags because they almost lost there rights for no reason and they should have all the rights just like us straight people do .
Farah Qureshi | 19-24 years old | With issues of discrimination and colorism rooted in parts of south Asian culture, it’s difficult for my people to accept my boyfriend of a different race and complexion. In my eyes, he is the perfect of example of kindness, and I captured his character in this photo. It’ll take this kindness and strength to change the world and heal it from hate.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject title “#KindnessHeals – [First & Last Name]”