Fifteen-year-old launches campaign to give kids a voice through art
#kids4action to unite 1 million young people worldwide
When 15-year-old Canadian, Loizza Aquino took part in a school art project based on human rights, she could have handed in her drawing and left it at that. Instead, she saw the opportunity to involve kids from every inhabitable continent on the planet, and give them a voice about the issues that matter to them the most.
The global art project #kids4action, is an initiative which will unite 1 million children through their artwork via an interactive online digital gallery, accessible via kids4action.org. Once the creations have been collected, they will be used to start discussions with governments, leaders and organisations around the world to help drive change. The project is unique in that it is being led by young people themselves. Loizza has already started to connect with other young humanitarians in different countries to act as #kids4action leaders, and is hoping to attract more to help her promote the project.
It's not the first time the teen has mobilized into action, having already won the Young Humanitarian Award of 2014 from the Manitoba Teachers Society. She was recognised for her fundraising efforts to build a school in Sierra Leone, as well as to help victims of the 2010 and 2013 super typhoons in the Philippines.
“When we took part in a human rights project at school, it really got everyone thinking about important social issues. I thought it would be great to get young people everywhere thinking about what issues matter to them. Creating a piece of art and submitting it to the digital gallery gives us a powerful voice, and sends a message that others around the world can see. Something as simple as uploading a picture can make a difference. Everyone can make a change. We need to remember that little actions add up. Actions that you think are too small may not change the whole world, but it can change the world of a child.„ Loizza Aquino
The project is easy and free to take part in. All young artists need to do is to create a piece of artwork relating to an issue that matters to them and upload it into a gallery on the Creatubbles digital platform. They can then leave a text or voice reflection on the piece and engage with other artists from around the world by leaving messages of support and ‘Bubbles’ on their favourite pieces.
“We’re very proud to be involved with a project of this magnitude and social value. Our platform is one of the only safe online spaces where children of any age can have their own account, engage safely with each other, and use different forms of expression. This is the first time so many young people will connect through creativity in one space, and we’re excited to see where they take the discussion.„ Maie Crumpton, Creatubbles
To find out more visit: kids4action.org
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Creatubbles™ is the safe social creativity platform for teachers, parents, and young creators everywhere. It's the perfect space to store, share, discover, and interact with visual and audio portfolios. Its focus is on supporting creative development in ways that emphasize all aspects of a child’s potential. First launched in 2015, Creatubbles is used by schools and artists in more than 50 countries.