Imagine what the world would be like if everyone had access to education. This is the inspiration behind the project Humankind: Drawing Parallels by Hackney resident Bernadette Cronin.
Humankind: Drawing Parallels is raising money for the global educational charity Room To Read by inviting people around the world to submit a drawing about what is important to them in their lives. These drawings will be collated into designs printed onto fabric bags for sale, the proceeds of which will go to Room To Read.
The intention is for people around the world that participate, view the images or hear about the project, experience each other as one humankind. Reaching as many people as possible, the project hopes to break down fear and prejudice that is so often portrayed by the media against other people that are ‘not like us’.
“I’m inspired by people recognizing they share the same dreams as someone on the other side of the world that they’ve never met; that they can see themselves in each other, that parallels are drawn to what is common among humankind, that people can contribute to a project to learn more about what is in the hearts of other people and feel related to everyone they come across in the world,” says project creator Bernadette Cronin on why she started the Humankind: Drawing Parallels project.
Website address: www.beinghumankind.org
Drawings uploaded by November 10 will be in the running to be selected for the printed designs. Submissions on the website to date include the areas of family, love, education, environment, endangered animals, life balance, people living in harmony together, music and health.
Room to Read charity “envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.”