It was 20 years ago this month that global poverty-fighting organization CARE moved its headquarters to Atlanta. To commemorate this special anniversary, CARE is bringing art created by schoolgirls across four continents to Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta on Oct. 11.
“Through the Eyes of a Girl” features 100 works by schoolgirls who, with CARE’s help, have overcome long odds to pursue their educations. CARE will unveil this unique art collection Oct. 11, on the second annual International Day of the Girl. The opening reception and celebration will include global cuisine, drinks, music and an auction where select pieces from the collection will be available for purchase. Tickets are $50 and available at www.care.org/art.
“Since we moved here from New York two decades ago, Atlanta has been wonderful and it’s been like coming home,” said CARE President and CEO Dr. Helene Gayle.
“Atlanta’s unique position as a global capital for public health, human and civil rights, and international business has enhanced our work in fighting global poverty in 84 countries. ‘Through the Eyes of a Girl’ gives Atlantans a unique opportunity to be inspired by some of the girls we work alongside every day and to see how our hometown is helping make a positive impact in the world.”
To create ‘Through the Eyes of a Girl’ CARE sought schoolgirls from the countries of Georgia, Ghana, Honduras, India and Madagascar. We asked them to tell us about their lives, using colored pencils, pastels and watercolor paints. The girls were selected from communities where CARE has promoted girls’ education. For many, it was the first time they had ever held a paint brush or even drawn on paper.
The International Day of the Girl celebration started last year to focus attention on the challenges girls face around the world and to promote the fulfillment of their human rights. This October, in addition to the art exhibit, CARE is launching an online campaign called “Keep Girls in the Picture,” designed to support girls’ education worldwide. The organization boasts that it helped more than 2.3 million people gain access to quality education and technical training last year alone.
Atlanta-area corporations are joining in CARE’s celebration as sponsors. These include the Founders’ Circle: The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, UPS; Leadership Circle: Boston Consulting Group, InterContinental Hotels Group, Pulseworks, Troutman Sanders, Wells Fargo; and Advocate Circle: Arby’s Foundation, AGCO Corporation and Standard Press.
For tickets and more information about the “Through the Eyes of a Girl” exhibit and celebration, visit www.care.org/art