Columbia Global Centers-Nairobi, in partnership with the No-Boundaries Committee, held the 2018/2019 No-Boundaries International Art Exhibitions to foster global awareness and social responsibility in young citizens around the world. The exhibition hosted children who had submitted their art work along the theme of ‘One Tree, Once City’. The Art on display was from Kenya, Brazil, China, USA and France.
The Mission of the art exhibition is to enlighten the future generation’s global awareness and social responsibility through art education. Thus, it is also aimed to cultivate them to become socially responsible Global Citizens.
The name “No-Boundaries” originates from the concept that Art has no boundaries. Thus, the exhibition aims to begin conversations on an international education platform to utilize the power of art and art education to enhance global awareness and social responsibility in future generations around the world.
Without being restrained by nationality, language, or culture, children express their observations and sentiments through their artwork. Therefore, they can learn to understand and respect each other’s differences in a peaceful and amicable manner to develop diverse viewpoints, ultimately become socially responsible Global Citizens
“The No-Boundaries exhibitions exemplify Columbia University’s educational mission by showcasing the artistic talent of young people from many cultures who are actively engaged with issues that affect all peoples regardless of their locale,” said Safwan Masri, executive vice president in charge of the Columbia Global Centers, “This presents a unique opportunity to leverage the power of the arts as a lingua franca that connects human beings across geographical, linguistic, and cultural borders.”
Riara Springs Group of Schools answered our call by allowing their students to participate in the No-Boundaries art exhibition 2018. About 200 students submitted artwork and 20 pieces were selected to represent the Kenyan entries among those from Brazil, China, France and USA. The exhibition was a clear indicator that our young people have great ideas on how to preserve the environment and this event acted as a reminder that everyone has a role to play in sustainability.
In 2019 No-Boundaries will be receiving submissions under the theme - 'a drop of water'