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Street Child United Summit

Street Child United Summit

By: Ruby Bukhari

Disorder spoke to graffiti artist Joel Bergner about his adventures around the world. In case you missed it Joel was down in London earlier this week painting a mural on Village Underground for the charity Street Child United. The mural showcases Jessica, a Street Child United ambassador that found her voice through their annual event Street World Cup.

Disorder spoke to graffiti artist Joel Bergner about his adventures around the world. In case you missed it Joel was down in London earlier this week painting a mural on Village Underground for the charity Street Child United. The mural showcases Jessica, a Street Child United ambassador that found her voice through their annual event Street World Cup. 

Joel Bergner created his Action Ashé! Global Art & Social Action Initiative “to create social change and celebrate culture through public art.” Action Ashé projects feature partnerships and collaborations with non-profit organisations, community groups, schools, local artists and educators around the world. Recent projects have included work with incarcerated youth and adults, teenagers with physical and mental disabilities, communities that have experienced armed conflict, children living on the streets, and young people from marginalised neighbourhoods". Recent projects have taken place in communities across the US as well as Brazil, Kenya, Mexico, Poland, Cuba, Mozambique, Cape Verde, El Salvador and Peru.

Action Ashé! Goals:

1. Beautify neighbourhoods through public art, bringing vibrant, cultural images to uplift public spaces.

2. Give youth, especially in marginalised communities, the opportunity to make a positive contribution to their communities, learn skills that will help them in life, express themselves creatively, learn how to work in collaboration with others, and explore social issues, culture, and history through public art.

3. Explore and raise awareness about important local and international social issues through public art and start dialogues about these issues.

4. Celebrate, explore, and educate about cultures from around the world, especially those that are ignored or misunderstood in mainstream society.

5. Bring together artists, teachers, activists, and citizens who are interested in the above four goals, in order to collaborate with each other and work with youth and communities.

Street Child United provides a global platform for street children to be heard so that they receive the protection, support and opportunities all children deserve. Ahead of the world’s biggest sporting competitions we organise international events inviting street children to be at the centre of the call for their rights. We use the power of sport and the arts to challenge the negative perceptions and treatment of street children transforming lives across the world.

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