During the Facing Difference Challenge, the Bezos Family Foundation invited youth all across the world to draw and create self-portraits celebrating themselves and their identity and the people different from them. The submission of portraits raised $600,000 to support youth peace-building in areas of conflict.
Portraits for Peace
By the Numbers
During this challenge, 201,063 beautiful and unique self-portraits were created by students from 37 countries. These portraits were sent to us in 411 packages of art. We received portraits from youth evenly spread through elementary school to high school.
Because of the efforts of this challenge 570 youth were a part of peace building camps. The 137 peace building projects funded through this challenge impacted 8,600 people in Nigeria, Sri Lanka, and the South Caucasus region.
What Happened with the Portraits?
Thousands of portraits were on display through the Facing Difference Exhibit at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa! Portraits also went global and were also displayed at the TED Conference in Vancouver, BC.
Where we came from
Facing Difference Challenge Teaching Materials
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