Painting A Sustainable Future: CMCA Painting & Slogan Writing Competition
Ruth Crawley, who wrote by the pen name‘Ann Landers’ for the Chicago Sun-Times,said, “It’s not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.”.
On December 10th – a beautiful, breezy Saturday, 50 children gathered at the Phoenix One Bangalore West clubhouse to partake in the Painting and Slogan Writing competition. The event was organizedby the Children’s Movement for Civic Awareness (CMCA) and supported by Phoenix Residences. Students from various schools across Bangalore including St Joseph’s School, Army Public school, Baldwin Boys School, Baldwin Girls school, St. Euphrasia’s Girl’s School, DAV Public school, Mount Litera Zee School, Venus international, Venkat international, Daffodils, Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Ryan international, VIBYOR, and Bishop Cottons School,came together to engage in what would be a session of creative thinking and sustainable lessons.
In an early phase of the event, kora litter bags from CMCA were strategically distributed at traffic signals and outside metro stations across the city. The aim was to inculcate civic values and inspire youngsters to be eco-friendly in their approach.
To set the tone of the day, parents and children were treated to a street play by the WeMoveTheatre group. With anecdotes and interactive sessions around the subject of sustainable living,the children were imparted with new values to do their bit towards society and country.
Children hold the key to fresh and unconventional ideas and to propel their spark of creativity, activities such as clay modelling, balloon and tattoo art, pottery, and others pushed the young minds to get innovative and experiment with multiple forms of art. The key highlight, of course, was the competition where participants were asked to design logos and taglines on the subject of sustainable living.After battlingcolours and ideas, four winners emerged. Anagha R. and Suhana Shankar came 1st while Shrika Gadepalli and Abhinav Pamadi were runner-ups for the Senior and Junior categories respectively.Certificates were distributed to everyone for their unique contributions to the event. And as for the winners; their designs will be printed on litter bags to be used for the next session.
Come noon, a tired but largely-enthusiastic crowd were treated to an organic brunch sponsored by The Green Path. The menu included healthy and sinfully delicious pizzas, rolls, and brownies made from sustainable, organic, and local produce.
Time and again it’s said that children are our future. But another question stands – what about their future? Going back to Ms. Crawley’s words, “All is naught, unless our children are taught to build and support their world.”.
Here’s to our future, and theirs!