What is Connecting Cultures?
Connecting cultures is an international art exhibition promoted by UNSA SPAIN (United Nations Student Association Spain) recently awarded the “Here for Good Award” from Laureate International. Our aim is to raise funds for refugees and enhance awareness about the topic of the immigration in the EU under the umbrella of the Goal 17 “Partnerships for the Goals”.
The Connecting Cultures groups artists representing different countries participating in the exhibition, namely: Portugal, Greece, Romania, Italy, Taiwan, Brazil, Bolivia, Mexico, Argentina, Sweden, Venezuela, United States, Germany, South Korea, United Kingdom, Russia, Cuba, Colombia, Morocco, Japan, India and Spain. Each piece reflects the spirit of the exhibition, which is to show that there are no borders between humans beyond self-imposed as all cultures´ essential needs to shake hands, cooperate and “connect”, offering the best of themselves to the world. The funds raised by the exhibitions are heading to certified organisation CEAR to directly help refugees. Individuals, groups and businesses can contribute to our work in three ways: purchase of paintings, purchase of reproductions and direct donations to Connecting Cultures.
What is our aim?
The main goal of Connecting Cultures Initiative is to create a positive impact on society while using art and interaction between different societal and political spheres. Connecting cultures aims to be an example on how our differences should not be seen as a challenge, a problem or an excuse, but as a tool and advantage which we can use to make the world a better place.
We seek to create a positive impact on society while using art and interaction between different societal and political spheres. One of our aim is to be an example on how our differences should not be seen as a challenge, a problem or an excuse, but as a tool and advantage which can empower us to help people in need and to make the world a better place for all of us. We strive for connecting people and finding a common ground to better understand each other and cooperate towards brighter and stable future.
Whom we connect?
- More than 20 different countries : through their representation per artist and art piece
- Different sectors: our partners, sponsors and supporters encompass NGOs, Private sectors, Universities, student groups, Start- ups, Institutions…
- Ages: with the participation of artists from 20 to + 70 years and supporters from student organizations to old organizations
- Gender: gender balance between artists and coordination
- Opportunities to impact: through our adaptable art exhibition we switch the way we exhibition to be able to create the maximum impact depending on the place (solidarity cocktails, activities with refugees, institutional debates…)
Connecting Cultures and Sustainable Development Goals:
In order to solve common challenges such as refugees situation and young people deprivation in conflict zones, all the sectors need to cooperate to reach the origins of the problem and look for a common strategy to find solutions to it. Therefore, the focus of our exhibitions and debates is on the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in cooperation with the European Union which is one of its greatest supporter. The Connecting Cultures Initiative is dedicated to the implementation of the particular 17th Sustainable Development Goal (Partnerships for goals) that highlights the importance of partnerships between the governments, private sector and civil society for having a successful development agenda.
The exhibition comes out of the combination between arts and youth seeking to create a positive impact on society and looking for solutions of global issues while interacting between different societal and political sectors. We endeavour to be an example on how our differences should not be seen as a challenge, a problem or an excuse, but as a tool and advantage which can empower us to help people in need and to make the world a better place for all of us. We also strive for connecting people and cultures to find a common ground to better understand each other and cooperate towards brighter and stable future.
The Connecting Cultures is also a part of the ARTS2030 initiative where artists from different backgrounds raise awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals. During the whole process of the exhibitions and debates, we also discuss the SDGs to raise awareness about them and their importance in the sustainable world development.