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Kids4Kids Movie Premiere Fundraiser

13 May

Award-winning Taiwanese movie featuring indigenous Taiwanese children actors, Hang In There, Kids! 只要我長大, will be premiering in Hong Kong in June 2017. In partnership with Smark B TV, Kids4Kids will hold a premiere fundraiser on June 3 to raise funds for the upcoming round of My Story Creation Workshops and Competition.

Why?
* To raise funds for My Story Creation Workshops and Competitions 2017/18
* To align with Kids4Kids’ mission of using creativity to make a positive impact
* To offer an exclusive chance for YOU to premiere a meaningful movie!

Movie Synopsis
In a secluded indigenous tribe in Taiwan, 3 kids grew up in the mountains and the woods. They are all very optimistic, energetic, and playful; yet, they are also troubled by their own family issues. Their handicapped teacher opened an after school session to help them with their schoolwork. For the children, it’s like a ray of love shone on them. The teacher has a beautiful voice, but never sings. One day, the 3 kids find a tape of their teacher’s recording and are amazed by her voice. They decide to bring this tape to Taipei…. What changes will this trip bring to all of their lives?

Date: Saturday, 3 June 2017

Time: 3:30-5pm

Place: UA Cine Times, Level 13, Times Square, Causeway Bay

Price:
Movie Ticket | HK$350 each (+ $16.50 Eventbrite fee)
Raffle Ticket | HK$100 each (+ $10.25 Eventbrite fee)
To buy tickets please go to EventBrite

Support literacy development. Make an impact today!

About Kids4Kids: Kids4Kids is a non-profit organization founded in Hong Kong in 2008 and is aregistered charitable institution exempt from tax under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance.

kids4kidskids4kids3Their Mission: To empower children to take responsibility with opportunities to learn about giving back — from the products created to activities organized by kids of all ages to reach out and help, in our local community, for a better Hong Kong.

UNICEF 2017 Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition

2 Apr


Join China Children’s Week 2017 Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition

Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) will hold the China Children’s Week 2017 – Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition on 7 May 2017 (Sunday) at Central Lawn, Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon. The competition to be held one week before Mother’s Day will raise funds for UNICEF’s ‘Cash Transfers for Deprived Children‘ (CCT) Project in China, which will be dedicated to giving a good start in life for every child by improving the maternal and child health services in China.

© UNICEF/UNI49229/LeMoyne

Although families from remote and deprived areas are now entitled to free hospital delivery and healthcare services, suspension of work and high travelling costs make them reluctant to access these services and lead to high maternal and neonatal mortality rates. Since 2013, UNICEF HK has allocated the funds raised in China Children’s Week to the CCT project launched by UNICEF in 15 counties in Yunnan, Gansu and Sichuan. Through the initiative, women from underprivileged families will receive cash subsidies, enabling their access to prenatal and postnatal checkups, hospital delivery and vaccinations for their babies. By 26 January 2017, a total of 16,806 women and children under 1 year old have been benefitted from this project.

By joining the Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition, children can celebrate an early Mother’s Day. While expressing their love to mothers in the drawings, these little artists can also raise funds for mothers and children in rural China, championing the spirit of ‘kids helping kids’. UNICEF sincerely invites all little artists aged 12 or below to participate in this meaningful fundraising event for CCT Project, ensuring a healthy good start for children.

Date: Sunday, 7 May 2017

Time: 12 – 6pm

Place: Central Lawn, Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon (Carnival will be set up in Sunset Lawn)

Price: $180 donation

To register please go to their website

© UNICEF HK/2016

This competition is open for children who are 12 or under.
There are 3 age groups
Group A: 6 years old or under (Born in 2011 or after)
Group B: 7-9 years old (Born between 2008 and 2010)
Group C: 10-12 years old (Born between 2005 and 2007)
Awards: 1st Prize, 2nd Prize, 3rd Prize and 20 Consolation Prizes for each age group;
Most Popular Award (online voting);
Overall Champion;
All participants will receive a certificate of participation.
The 3 organization with most participants will receive a certificate.

7 April 2017 (Friday) Deadline for submission of printed application form
21 April 2017 (Friday) Deadline for online application
Late April 2017 Confirmation emails to all applications, this email will be used for registration on event day
7 May 2017 (Sunday) China Children’s Week 2017 – Little Artists Big Dreams Drawing Competition
To be announced Official results and prize collection announcements on the website

About UNICEF: UNICEF promotes the rights and well-being of every child, in everything they do. Together with their partners, they work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.

UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

UNICEF is a leading humanitarian and development agency working globally for the rights of every child. Child rights begin with safe shelter, nutrition, protection from disaster and conflict and traverse the life cycle: pre-natal care for healthy births, clean water and sanitation, health care and education.

UNICEF has spent nearly 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Working with and for children through adolescence and into adulthood requires a global presence whose goal is to produce results and monitor their effects. UNICEF also lobbies and partners with leaders, thinkers and policy makers to help all children realize their rights—especially the most disadvantaged.

Volunteer for Art in Hospital

16 Feb

art-in-hospital-logoArt in Hospital is a community art project that began in April 1994. Registered as a charitable institution its aim is to serve the needy through therapeutic art creation, and promote through art in a caring community and develop hospital art in Hong Kong.

Mission
art-in-hospitalDeliver Holistic Care – Bring art into the hospitals to provide a comforting environment for patients to receive treatment.

Unite Artistic Force – Encourage artists, art students, volunteers and general public to contribute their creativity and artist skills to benefit the community.

art-in-hospital-2Involve Patients as Artists – Involve patients to take an active role in expressing and sharing their feelings to achieve self-healing, and to explore their artistic potentials.

Support the Supporters – Provide professional training of hospital art for volunteers and medical practitioners who can reach out to benefit the community.

Nurture the Society – Raise awareness of hospital art in the community and encourage public participation in hospital art projects.

Explore Opportunities – Utilize possible resources, establish partnerships and seek service opportunities and sponsors to support hospital art.

If you are interested in volunteering, please visit their website to download the registration form.

Note: Volunteers who would like to volunteer in hospitals is required to attend the Infection Prevention Talk according to the Hospital Authority’s requirement.

Asia Art Archive – Internship Programme Spring 2017

17 Dec

The Asia Art Archive (AAA) offers full-time summer internships and part-time spring and fall internships to undergraduate and graduate students from both local and international schools. Internships at AAA are unpaid, but they present a rare chance to gain insight into a dynamic organisation at the centre of recent art in the region.

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The internship programme at AAA is an opportunity for participants to learn how a non-profit organisation runs, to discover new interpretations on recent art, and engage with artists, art professionals, and other students from around the world. By supporting the intellectual development of AAA interns, while informing their future aspirations, AAA seeks to instigate new ideas and self-discovery.

Spring Term: Commences in Jan 2017

Application deadline: Monday, 9 Jan 2017

For more information about positions available and to download the application form, please visit AAA’s website.

About Asia Art Archive: AAA was initiated in 2000 in response to the urgent need to document and secure the multiple recent histories of contemporary art in the region. With an international Board of Directors, an Advisory Board made up of noted curators and critics, and research posts in the region, AAA has collated one of the most valuable collections of material on contemporary art in the region. Built of 85% donated material, the collection now holds over 50,000 records, comprised of hundreds of thousands of physical and digital items, and it continues to grow. Accessible free of charge from AAA’s physical space and searchable from anywhere in the world via the online catalogue, much of the collection is now also available globally via the Collection Online.

Through collecting and making information on the recent history of contemporary art in Asia easily accessible, AAA aims to facilitate understanding, research, and writing in the field, enrich existing global narratives, and re-imagine the role of the archive. AAA is a point of convergence for critical thinking and dialogue and a proactive platform for diverse public, educational, and residential programmes for a wide range of audiences. At the core of its mission is AAA’s commitment to create a collection belonging to the public, existing not in an enclosed space, but in a space that is open and productive, generating new ideas and works that continually reshape the Archive itself.

RunOurCity

8 Oct

RunOurCity comprises of a small and energetic team – all dedicated individuals committed to nurture a fun and compassionate running culture in Hong Kong. At RunOurCity, they believe passion plus professionalism are indispensable to achieve our social goals.

Youth.ROC
roc-1Established by social enterprise RunOurCity in 2013, Youth.ROC has provided free and professional running programme to inspire and challenge teenagers to systematically train for distance running and achieve their goals while improving health and developing a “can-do” attitude. The trainings have also helped participating teenagers to expand their social circle and understand more about their communities through street-running. Over 4,200 youths have participated in the Youth.ROC program, including those who come from underprivileged backgrounds and the ethnic minority communities. Youth.ROC has recently obtained support from the Education Bureau of the HKSAR Government to expand its program to all secondary schools in Hong Kong, for running to become a part of life for Hong Kong’s youths and bring positive changes to our students’ body, mind, social and spirit.

Hong Kong Streetathon
roc-2STREETATHON is to run in the streets, run along flyovers, stairs, and narrow alleys etc. Run into the daily happenings in our community. Feel the pulse of our people. Run our city!

STREETATHON is more than street-running and the cheering atmosphere en route. It is also about sharing the fun and excitement of your run with your family and friends! That’s why RunOurCity has gathered community organizations to offer games, performances and refreshments at the HONG KONG STREETATION Carnival to create a fun weekend morning for runners, their family and friends, spectators, and the local community.

Totem Run
roc-3TOTEM is a symbol of harmony between human beings and nature. TOTEM RUN denotes the self-challenge took on by the wild runners with sweat and will. While experiencing the wonders of nature, it is also an action standing up for the others. RunOurCity creates such unique experience together with the runners as gifts and guerilla support along the way, cheering performance, totem party at the Finish.

the Backstreet
roc-5the BackStreet combines the elements of street-run and street-art, running and art creation are both a journey of self-discovery and self-expression. The project offers a whole new perspective to embrace the community’s spirit of creation. While the BackStreet Art connects young artists and community partners looking to preserve and visualize our local cultures and happenings, the BackStreet Run connects curious youth and runners with an urge to discover our local cultures and community stories.

RunOurCity Crew (ROC.Crew)
roc-6is a running community powered by RunOurCity. ROC.Crew is a community formed by casual runners, city explorers, sports junkies and creative trainers who get together every week to talk, to play and to chill through running.
Run with them, and discover stories in our city every Tuesday night. For more information about upcoming runs, please visit their Facebook page.

If you are interested in volunteering, whether to help at their events or at their offices, RunOurCity would like to hear from you. Get in touch with them by visiting their website and give them your contact information.

About RunOurCity: RunOurCity believes running can transform lives. They inspire and challenge teenagers to train for distance running and achieve their goals while improving health and develop a “can-do” attitude. They organize STREETATHONS, TOTEM Runs and other themed running events to nurture fun and compassionate running culture in Hong Kong. Since 2013, RunOurCity has trained over 4,200 teenagers, organized running events for over 50,000 participants, and raised funds for over 14 charities.

At RunOurCity, they believe passion plus professionalism are indispensable to achieve our social goals. Their people and network love running and creating social impacts, are fun and innovative, and embrace the work-hard-play-hard attitude.

Make It Better – workshops for underprivileged children

17 Jul

Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that embraces the creative process of making art to help improve the well-being of a person – emotionally, mentally and physically. The process involved in artistic expression is effective in managing feelings and behaviors, and can also help to reduce stress, improve self-esteem and awareness.

SAF Make It Better Workshop – September 26, 2014

SAF Make It Better Workshop – September 26, 2014

Art therapy can help people who experience illness, trauma or challenges in living, as well as people who seek personal development. Through creating art and reflecting on the art products and processes, people can increase awareness of self and others, cope with symptoms and traumatic experiences; enhance cognitive abilities; and enjoy the life-affirming pleasures of making art. Those experiencing art therapy are removed from the constraints of the cerebral, verbal and judgmental, instead taking comfort and understanding from the here-and-now realm of imagination and intuition.

The Make It Better project is a Sovereign Art Foundation initiative that offers weekend and midweek workshops to underprivileged children living in Hong Kong’s most disadvantaged parts. Programme locations include Sham Shui Po, Tai Wai and Kowloon City – areas known for terribly cramped living conditions and appalling poverty, where the working-class residents are frequently isolated from the wider society that we enjoy.

make it betterMake It Better works with families affiliated with locally established organisations to provide empowering learning activities reinforced by art to the children of such families. Make It Better seeks to give these children the time, attention and opportunities they may not otherwise receive and offers one-on-one assistance in all workshops, allowing the children to discover themselves, their communities and positive options for their future.

The SAF team has developed a 30-week programme, each of which is divided into 4 modules. Each module identifies a relevant learning and realization experience, and a corresponding artistic activity is designed to support that concept in a non-verbal, non-competitive and creative environment. Make It Better embraces principles from Art Therapy practice, incorporating them into programmes with an aim to utilising and fostering a child’s own creativity in order to help and heal, providing safe spaces where children from disadvantaged areas and backgrounds can feel free to express themselves and to develop socially and emotionally.

For many children, MIB workshops are the largest scale experiential art spaces they will have ever encountered. Each module is designed to encourage the growth of a child’s own self-expression, while ensuring the continued development of appropriate and healthy social interaction with other children from different backgrounds. Through shared activities, the hope is children will feel empowered, able and ready to grow into not only happy and centered young adults but future leaders in our communities, no matter their circumstances.

The SAF team work with Hong Kong University’s Master of Expressive Arts Therapy students for guidance on the latest techniques and to produce research and data. They also work closely with established organisations in impoverished areas of the city to properly understand the specific needs of each community.

The programme is continuously growing and reaching more children in need, and they are now working with children who have serious learning and other disabilities. They have seen that their programmes have a tremendously positive impact and are committed to making it better for the children of Hong Kong.

How can you help?
The Sovereign Art Foundation is constantly in need of volunteers for their regular Make It Better workshops. They pride themselves in offering their programme participants one on one support during each workshop, giving them the time and attention they deserve – and are so often deprived of.

If you are willing and able to support the SAF at their weekend workshops in Hong Kong, please visit their website.

make it better logoAbout The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) : The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) was established in 2003 with a well-defined twin focus: to recognise the growing wealth of contemporary art talent in Asia, and bring the proven benefits of art therapy to underprivileged children. The beauty of the SAF model is that they are able to achieve both goals in an eminently sustainable way. The Sovereign Asian Art Prize, now recognised as the most prestigious prize in its field and region, raises funds by auctioning those artworks that reach the final stage of the competition. The proceeds are then shared equally between the artists and the Foundation, to be used for SAF charitable projects across Asia.

In this way, over the past 12 years, SAF has raised and distributed more than US$5 million to support a variety of art-based programmes for children throughout Asia.

To find out more about their charity programmes see their ‘Who We Help’ section of the website.

UNICEF HK Make a Video Contest

13 Jul

Since 2012, the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) has been organizing Make A Video to encourage youth to express their views through over 200 videos. This year, co-organized by Hong Kong Arts Centre ifva and fully supported by Hang Seng Bank, the project will invite Hong Kong youngsters to share their challenges and turn their life stories into one-minute videos. By creating one-minute video of their own, UNICEF HK encourages children and youth to share their anxieties, concerns and viewpoints with the society, to showcase the idea of ‘A minute in the telling, A quarter for listening’. Thus, they hope to enhance the public’s understanding towards children and youth, as well as parent-child communication. A public screening will be arranged for winning videos.

unicef make a videoDetails of contest:
Theme: To mom & dad
Categories:
– Junior Secondary School Category (Form 1 to Form 3)
– Senior Secondary School Category (Form 4 to Form 6)
Requirements:
* Individuals must be students aged 12-17 (As of 21 August 2016)
* Only individual entries will be considered
* Individuals can only register for one category and submit one piece of video work

Application Method:
Step 1: Submit an entry form online
Step 2: Work submission

Video Format:
– Video length must not exceed one minute (including opening and credits)
Format: MP4 (H.264, 25P FPS)*
– Resolution not lower than 1920 x 1080 (16:9)
– Maximum file size of 500MB

*Awardees or invited entrants are required to submit the winning video in MOV (ProRes 422 or H.264, 25P FPS) format for future screening purposes. Entrants are required to retain all production files until the contest ends.

Prizes:
Each category will have the following awards
– The Young Creative Award
– The Most Representative Video Story Award
– The Most Influential Award
– The Best One-minute Video

All entrants will be awarded a certificate of participation once entries are confirmed. A public screening will be arranged for winning videos.

You can see last year’s videos here.

Application and Submission Deadline : 21 August 2016 (Sunday)

For more information about the contest, and to register, please go to their website.

About UNICEF Hong Kong:
unicef logoThe Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF HK) was founded in 1986 and was established as an independent local non-government organization to raise funds through public donations, partnerships with companies, special events, etc. to support UNICEF’s work. UNICEF HK also promotes and advocates for children’s rights via organizing education and youth programmes in Hong Kong.