Categories: General
      Date: Sep 14, 2015
     Title: Art in All of Us connects European children with refugees
Over 1000 children of 31 European countries sent their message to refugees in Brussels

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, 11th of September, 2015 – Over 1000 children of 31 European countries sent their message to refugees in Brussels

The Syrian conflict has severe impact on the education sector in Syria. Serious damage was done to at least a fifth of the local schools. Many others have been militarized or taken over for shelter by the IDP’s. There is a crucial need to improve access to preschool, primary and alternative education for children and adolescents most affected by the conflict in the selected intervention areas.

Our key objective is to broaden and deepen a European consciousness among public and decision makers as a way to mitigate the risks of privation of education for an entire generation of children.

Through Art in All of Us (AiA) network of European schools throughout the world, AiA Volunteers organized creativity workshops inside schools with the cooperation of the art teacher. The results are paintings and drawings that will spark communication with the children of Syria.

“Our previous large scale projects in Haiti and in Japan, helped us to gather schools from 31 European countries to participate in this project. The results are mind blowing and hopefully will raise awareness in the public and bring some warmth to the refugees who will see and receive those artwork”, says Anthony Asael, founder of Art in All of Us.

In the first part of 2015, over 1000 artworks were created in schools of 31 European countries on the theme of Dreams. The next step will be to organize similar activities with Syrian refugees in Syria, Lebanon and in Belgium. The new artwork will be sent back to European schools as part of the exchange and eventually make part of a future exhibition in Brussels.

Those AiA Awareness workshops are to create an avenue for the children of the world to connect with the children of this ravaged country. Moreover, the workshops are a tool to encourage creativity, inspire new dreams, and to provide a shelter for refugees suffering from the instability that surrounded them.

Today, we are sharing the first part of this project to welcome the refugees that arrived in the camp set in the Parc Maximilien, in Brussels. An exhibition will be set up as of 12th of September.

About Art in All of Us
Art in All of Us (AiA) is a not for profit organization based in Belgium and in the United States (501(c)(3)) that promotes tolerance through artistic and cultural exchange activities throughout all the 193 UN member countries. Backed by organization like the UNICEF, SOS Children Villages, Fundacion America and important network of volunteers, AiA’s activities have reached more than 500000 children and 3000 schools in 193 countries.

Press Contact – Anthony Asael: anthonyasael@artinallofus.org
Press Kit : http://www.artinallofus.org/news/press-interviews/presskit.html
Website: www.artinallofus.org
Photographs: http://www.flickr.com/photos/anthonyasael/collections/

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