The third “No Boundaries International Art Exhibition” was recently held at Columbia Global Centers-Nairobi early last week under the theme of “One tree, One City”
This is the first time since its inception in 2015 that the global youth exhibition has come to Africa.
No Boundaries, an international youth art exhibition aims to empower youth around the world to pay more attention to global issues by using their artistic and creative abilities.
Over 20 Kenyan children aged between 2-8 years had their work displayed as part of the global exhibition alongside artworks by children from USA, Brazil, China, New York and Paris where the exhibition has been held recently.
The theme this year was “One Tree, One City” aims to make children more aware of environmental protection and their place in an increasingly globalized world.
According to the founder, Ms. Yan Baitong, “No Boundaries” is not an art competition. It’s an international art and educational platforms that aims to cultivate socially responsible & caring global citizens who will be able to impact the future with nuanced perspectives through visual arts education.’
According to the founder, the shared art will help children to learn to understand, respect and cherish one another’s differences.
“In the future, each year the No Boundaries will invite one country or region to join. We hope to connect our children and youth to the world and youth to the world and to witness the growth of our next generation,” she said.
NoBo is committed to encouraging youth participation in the arts and to improving their productivity, creativity, and imagination.
No Boundaries is a nonprofit organization based in New York that aims to enhance global awareness and social responsibility through visual art education, programs for children and young adults.
This third international exhibition was organized in conjunction with Columbia Global Centers-all over the world and this was its first time in Africa.
Dr. Murugi Ndirangu, Director, Columbia GlobalCenters-Nairobi said, “At our Nairobi center we are big on liberal and the creative arts and what a better way to create a borderless world than art? It’s amazing to see children’s imagination, creativity, and productivity harnessed into artworks that speak the same language despite physical boundaries. What a better way to change the world than art?”
The exhibition featured over 20 artworks by Kenyan children and by children from cities across the world including art pieces by WABC (World of Art Brut Culture) a HongKong Art programme that creates arts programmes for kids with special needs
Brian Mwenda, a Riara School student said, “This is my first time to have my work exhibited and also to attend an art exhibition.”
Columbia Global Centers-Nairobi is the only Sub-Saharan Global Center for Ivy League American University, Columbia University.