Art in All of Us – promoting cultural exchange
Anthony and his girlfriend Stephanie founded the NGO seven years ago in order to promote tolerance and cultural exchanges around the world. The aim is to reach children in every one of the 193 UN member countries using art and photography as the sole methods of communication. They hope to enrich the lives of children by inspiring them to create a portal through which they can look at each other’s lives thus increasing understanding and tolerance across the world.
They travel from country to country, school to school, running workshops on art, poetry and photography with children. Afterwards they set up art exchanges between schools in totally different countries and regions in order to help children to communicate directly and creatively with other children across borders regardless of race, religion, social background etc. To date more than 155,000 children have participated in the program thanks to a combination of passion, practice, perseverance, and patience.
In addition to their amazing work in the field, Anthony and Stephanie are also incredibly talented photographers and have captured their journey across 193 countries in over 200,000 images (which they also sell to fund further activities with the NGO). So without even leaving the comfort of your own living room you can travel round the world and experience a little bit of the joy they are spreading, and who knows maybe it will even inspire you into action.
To find more about their project check out their website here or to see more photos look here. Finally, AiA have an exhibition Si tous les enfants du Monde… showing photographs from their adventures at the Marni Theatre in Brussels running until the end of June – it’s well worth a look.