112 // CHILD PROOF

Ocean Drive - - Contents - BY BECKY RANDEL

A No­bel Peace Prize win­ner and the world’s top street artists come to­gether with the Florida-based non­profit Street Art for Mankind to bat­tle child slav­ery.

A NO­BEL PEACE PRIZE WIN­NER

AND THE WORLD’S TOP

STREET ARTISTS COME

TO­GETHER WITH THE FLORID­ABASED

NON­PROFIT STREET

ART FOR MAnkind

CHILD SLAV­ERY.

TO BAT­TLE

Re­cent sta­tis­tics re­gard­ing child slav­ery are stag­ger­ing. Ac­cord­ing to the United Na­tions’ In­ter­na­tional Labour Or­ga­ni­za­tion, there are 168 mil­lion child la­bor­ers world­wide, with up to 1.2 mil­lion chil­dren traf­ficked into forced la­bor ev­ery year. The non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion Street Art for Mankind was founded with the goal of cre­at­ing so­cial change through art, and it has cho­sen Mi­ami as the launch­pad for a five-year, mul­ti­con­ti­nent se­ries of events to raise aware­ness about this heart­break­ing is­sue.

Tak­ing over Mi­ami’s Lit­tle River dis­trict from Fe­bru­ary 11 through 20, Street Art for Mankind will of­fer art work­shops and per­for­mances to raise funds for the Kailash Sat­yarthi Chil­dren’s Foun­da­tion (sat­yarthi.org), a non­profit es­tab­lished by No­bel Peace Prize win­ner Kailash Sat­yarthi to fight child la­bor. The event will un­veil 12,000 square feet of art from 30 of the world’s most prom­i­nent street artists, such as Chor Boogie and Mi­ami’s own Trek Six.

“Street artists fight­ing for the chil­dren of the streets just makes beau­ti­ful sense,” says Thibault Decker, Street Art for Mankind’s Mi­ami-based co­founder. “It’s a big deal to have a No­bel Peace Prize win­ner launch an in­ter­na­tional event here. We are open­ing the eyes of the rest of the world through art.” Fe­bru­ary 10–20, 7401 NW Mi­ami Ct., Mi­ami, 786409-4168; stree­tart­mankind.org

“WE ARE OPEN­ING

THE EYES OF THE

REST OF THE WORLD

THROUGH ART.”

—thibault decker

“We will do five con­ti­nents, one each year,” says Thibault Decker, “and I hope by the end we will have freed, if not ev­ery sin­gle child slave, then at least I hope we are close.”

Through­out the world, 168 mil­lion kids are in the worst form of slav­ery.

In­dian chil­dren’s rights and ed­u­ca­tion ad­vo­cate Kailash Sat­yarthi.

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