Artwork by Valeria Valenza. (Photo: courtesy of AFCA)
The third principle of the Charter of Children’s Rights to Arts and Culture states that:
"Children have a right to be part of artistic processes that nurture their emotional intelligence helping them to develop sensitivity and competence in harmony."
The artwork accompanying the charter was created by Italian illustrator Valeria Valenza.
Born in 1977 in Cagliari, Italy, Valenza graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts. Her illustrations have been published in several books in Italy, Iran, Korea and the UK. Valenza participated in numerous exhibitions across the world and her works are often on display in several schools across Italy, where she also holds workshops. Her artwork was chosen to be exhibited at three editions of Bologna Children's Book Fair, in 2005, 2009 and 2010.
Exhibition of artwork accompanying the Charter of Children’s Rights to Arts and Culture, at Hanager Arts Centre, March 2015 (Photo: Ati Metwaly)
18 principles enumerated in the Charter of Children’s Rights to Arts and Culture is a project created by a theatre company La Baracca – Testoni Ragazzi from Bologna, Italy, with a group of educators and parents.
Charter of Children’s Rights to Arts and Culture has been widely adopted by Italian and European institutions aiming at bringing arts to children, and in 2011 it was awarded the Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic. La Baracca company -- that has been working with children and young people for over 30 years -- translated the 18 charter points into 27 languages, assigned Italian illustrators to produce images depicting each of the principles and turned the project into a book.
Soon after, the idea of an exhibition of the artwork was born and works accompanying the 18 principles are being displayed throughout the festivals dedicated to children across Europe.
The drawings have been brought to Egypt by AFCA for Arts and Culture with an exhibition held at Hanager Arts Centre paralleling the Hakawy Arts Festival that took place between 9 and 17 March, followed by a display at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria where Hakawy staged two performances on 18 and 19 March.
1st principle of the Charter of Children’s Rights to Arts and Culture
2nd principle of the Charter of Children’s Rights to Arts and Culture
Ahram Online -- the official media sponsor of AFCA's Campaign of Children's Rights to Art and Culture -- will be posting each of the 18 principles with accompanying it artwork on weekly basis.