During these difficult times, #CreateForUNICEF offers a way for individuals to channel their energy positively by using creativity to produce something and dedicate it to young people in the world. We hope to flood social media with 'ARTivisms', a creative expression in which the artist attaches a message to inspire others to pursue their dreams, to spread positivity or to raise awareness of an issue. We recognize that creativity can manifest itself in many forms: fashion, painting, drawing, coloring, singing, dancing, writing, and even cooking. We welcome all types of submissions from all skill levels, as long as they are accompanied by a positive message for young people in the world.
Ultimately, we plan to select some of these submissions to be presented in the HYOUston DiverCity Fest, an event to be held when it is safe to return to in-person programming, that celebrates the variety and diversity of talents present throughout the Houston community and especially Houston youth. However, until we are able to be in community with each other in person again, we hope to both celebrate and call attention to creative expression and youth around the world through our virtual #CreateForUNICEF initiative.
Here, we’d like to recognize and highlight some especially impressive and meaningful contributions to the #CreateForUNICEF initiative. Feel free to take inspiration from these examples while brainstorming your own way of contributing to #CreateForUNICEF.
Congratulations to the contributors!
Bella, Maya and Isabel are three young and talented girls who delivered the best submission in the category 'Music' for the #CreateForUNICEF initiative by UNICEF USA so far. Their song 'Save The Day' is not only lovely to listen, but also calls for action: "we want to inspire people, especially kids, to help put an end to climate change because if we don’t act soon, our future generations will suffer", they said. They support UNICEF because they believe UNICEF has the effective ways to heal, treat, and take care of kids who can’t afford to get help: "we think this is really important because kids are our future. We really appreciate how UNICEF will never stop helping until every child is happy, healthy, and has the life they deserve". And we agree! Thank you Bella, Maya and Isabel! You are super talented and we hope you will continue to create and enrich everyone's lives with your beautiful music.
As noted in her caption, Ritupreet Virk, a UNICEF UNITER from Houston spent one month creating this piece of art, a replica of Vincent Van Gogh’s “A Starry Night” made up of squares of various colors. Can you imagine the dedication and focus necessary to complete this project? Thank you, Ritu, for your contribution to #CreateForUNICEF and for your positive message for young people around the world!
Rifaa Tajani, a UNICEF UNITE Regional Lead from Houston took the initiative to a whole another level by hosting a 'Paint With Rifaa' session. She led a large group of UNICEF USA Supporters to paint the image above. All participants were then invited to dedicate their work to the #CreateForUNICEF initative! Above is Rifaa's ARTivism.
Varee Saetang is a UNICEF USA intern in the Houston office and we are excited to highlight her artistic contribution to #CreateForUNICEF! Varee’s painting is inspired by cherry blossoms, which bring her calm, peace, and comfort. Thank you, Varee, for your contribution to #CreateForUNICEF and for demonstrating how we can continue to connect with nature, even when current circumstances limit our time outdoors.
An artist with pen name 'Bellaire Asian Arts' shared their drawing above towards the contribution to #CreateForUNICEF! They said: "I would like to inspire all the people who might practice less recognized arts, to let them know that just because they're less well-known does not make them any less important to those that practice them and to the community. Take pride in whatever you makes, even if it isn't popular or flashy." They said that they were inspired to get involved with UNICEF programs because, UNICEF is an organization whose values thery deeply admire, and they support them because of its focus on the community and its investment in both the mental and physical well-being of children.
Next, we’d like to highlight Dino’s dedication of his very first graphic novel to #CreateForUNICEF! Dino is a very creative child with a big imagination! Below are just a few pages from the 62-page book! Thank you, Dino, for your contribution to #CreateForUNICEF and for providing such an excellent example for future youth participants!
Category: Your Idea
Shaan Bhagia, the youngest contributor to the #CreateForUNICEF initiative has really challenged the out-of-the-box thinking and came up with a very unique way to inspire young people like himself. His message is that anyone can accomplish anything if they work hard for it. Shaan also shows that no action is small to make a big difference. Very impressive, thank you Shaan!
Ziana Ukani, a student at The Awty International School participated in the #CreateForUNICEF initiative with a very unique idea! She encourages young people to seek connection with nature and to be mindful about protecting our planet. Her idea inspired many children around the Houston area who saw her post and completed her scavenger hunt, as well as created new ones! Thank you Ziana for being such a powerful young voice!
UNICEF UNITE Houston has always been creative and now it is the time to show it to everyone! If you are willing to learn more about the UNICEF USA Houston UNITE or to join the team, please contact the Olivera Jankovska. Community Engagement Associate for the Southwest Region at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Regional Office at email@example.com
Banner image is public and comes from UNICEF Caribbean.