|THE WORLD BANK ART PROGRAM is pleased to present this unique exhibition inte-grating several efforts. In partnership with The International Child Art Foundation, we showcase artworks that present artistic expressions by children, visions of the future. "ICAF" is a non-profit organization that prepares children for a creative and cooperative future, recognizing that the enhancement of children's creative potential and the fostering of global harmony are the twin challenges of the 21st Century. My World in the Year 2000 and Peace Through Art - Cyprus were organized by ICAF. They reflect the World Bank Art Program's recognition of the importance of art and culture to social cohesion and eco-nomic development. We are pleased to highlight the talents of these young artists and to share this wealth of creative vision with the World Bank community.
In My World in the Year 2000, ICAF asked children around the world to create art in which they envisioned themselves in the new millennium. What would the world be like? What would their lives be like? More than one million children, ages eight to twelve, in eighty-six countries participated. Independent panels in each country selected the final entries. The resulting portfolio of eighty-six prints is a vision of the future, both optimistic and fearful. The images reflect children's capacity to create what can be - not only what is - and to honestly depict difficult realities. In this spirit, ICAF founded the Peace Through Art initiative. This summer, twenty teenagers from Cyprus of Greek and Turkish heritage will spend three weeks working together on arts projects in Washington, D.C. Our featured exhibit presents art created by these teens during their visit, as well as selections from My World in the Year 2000. Given space limitations, we could only include a small selection of the prints in this gallery; others will be exhibited throughout the Bank. To make the selection, "guest curators" Tyler Brandon (age 10), Michael Bridgman (age 14), and Katrina Bridgman (age 15) selected images they felt most reflected the theme, "Peace." Their observations are noted throughout the exhibition.
Additionally, the Art Program and the board of the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund recently agreed to work together to bring greater attention to the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund's work on behalf of women's education. Specifically, the World Bank Art Program will highlight art by young people throughout the Bank as a way to cast an additional light on the often interrelated concerns of women, education, and children. This exhibit is, in part, the result of this ongoing endeavor.
The World Bank Art Program wishes to thank the International Child Art Foundation's Mrs. Harriet Mayor Fulbright, Chairman of the Board of Directors; Dr. Ashfaq Ishaq, Executive Director; and Ms. Lydia Gizdavcic, Manager for the Peace Through Art initiative. We also wish to thank our guest curators and their parents Corrie de Blocq van Scheltinga, David Bridgman, Katrina Brandon, and Carter Brandon. Finally, we would like to express our appreciation for the support and enthusiasm of Mrs. Hanna Woicke, President of the Board of the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund, and Ms. Juliana Oyegun, Director of Diversity Programs for the World Bank.
Index - List of artists in the exhibition
RACHEL AYSE GREEN