Projects and Programs
#1 Shared Themes
Kids make art based on themes. The themes are invented by kids. We set-up online theme galleries that build over time, as kids send in art. All kids are invited to submit new themes, but new themes are only revealed once a year, when the Spring Global Gallery opens on May 31st. * Scroll down to see themes.
Submissions deadlines: Sept. 30th, January 31st, and April 30th
#2 Global Galleries
We launch 3 global galleries, each year, that includes all forms of kids’ arts. Kids may submit any accomplishments in the arts, as long as the work is appropriate for a global children’s audience. Kids should submit art by September 30th for our Fall Global Gallery, which is revealed on the last day of October. Kids should submit art by January 31st for our Winter Global Gallery, which is revealed on the last day of February. Kids should submit art on April 30th for our Spring Global Gallery, which is revealed on the last day of May.
#3 Art for Outreach
Kids invent ways to use the arts to make their local, national, and global communities better. Some create art with public service messages. Some use the arts as part of fundraising initiatives, that help children’s charities. Some sell their work in order to raise funds to help communities. Some loom hats for kids in need of warmth. There are infinite possibilities for using the arts for outreach initiatives.
#4 Friend Link
Our local Friend Link program encourages kids to connect with each other, to look out for each other, and to empower each other to be local, national, and global community contributors. In some cases, kids partner with newcomers to their country, town, or school. In other cases, kids with great confidence and compassion attend events with the task of engaging all participants in conversation and activities.
Our Friend Link International program is just kicking off. Kids from around the world will be paired with each other and challenged to finds ways to communicate online or on their phones, in order to develop projects together.
#4 Special Global Collaborations
From time-to-time, we invite all groups to work together on collaborative projects. Our Friend Link International program is one example. Another is our “We are the World” project that included 15 global submissions that came from China, Haiti, India, Iraq, Jordan, Nepal, Peru, Russia, Samoa, South Africa, and the United States.
2018-2019 Consolidated Shared Themes Video
See the Fall 2017 Global Gallery by Theme
Themes are created by kids. Kids then make art based on each other’s themes. If kids just want to send their independent arts submissions that are not based on themes, that’s ok, too. However, we’re building toward a more collaborative global program, so following each other’s themes is preferable.
Kids, send us your ideas!
Kids are invited to send pitch videos or write-ups about their ideas, once a year (deadline: April 30th). New themes are posted when the Spring Global Gallery opens at the end of May. The new themes last for the entire following year.
We do have some ongoing themes. They are each marked with an asterix *.
Approach the themes your own way!
You’re welcome to use any form of expression you choose. If a theme is followed by a direction like, “draw ____________,” the word “draw” is only a suggestion.
Example: If a theme says, draw part of an imaginary animal, you don’t need to “draw.” If you choose to sculpt, print, or sing about a part of an imaginary creature, we welcome your contribution.
Please send your art to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure that your parents have submitted a permission slip. If you are a teacher or group leader, please send the group leaders’ release form , that verifies you have permission to submit art from parents and legal guardians of the kids in your group.
- Turn our Indian BPF kids’ lyrics into a song
- Draw part of an imaginary animal (it will be assembled with parts from others’ imaginary animals, to create multicultural creatures).
- Design a car or a cart
- Who are you? Make art that lets viewers know something about you
- Invent a viral dance move
- Invent candy and/or a wrapper
- Build a fort
- Create a fidget toy
- Make art for public service announcements, about an issue of concern to you
- Create a “How To” video.
- Create a heart mural and include words about the world in which you want to live
- Inspirational Performances
- Best Things in Life
- Magical Forest
- Who Are You?
- Projects from the classroom
- Inspirational Performances
- All About You
Kids are working on projects to help the United Nations Association of NYC with their ongoing development of the Furaha School at the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya