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Meet the artists behind #theMalalaEffect

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International Women’s Day gives us the opportunity to recognize the incredible accomplishments of women and girls here in Canada and abroad. This year, we’re celebrating the launch of Every Day is Malala Day – a new children’s book penned by Plan Canada’s CEO and President, Rosemary McCarney, with Plan International.

The inspiration behind the book is Malala Yousafzai, and the effect that Malala’s fight for girls’ education has had on people across the globe. We call it #theMalalaEffect, and to celebrate the launch of Every Day is Malala Day, we’re working with 24 Canadian artists to help bring the book to life.

Now that we’re days away from the opening of #theMalalaEffect art exhibition, we thought we’d whet your appetite by giving you an exclusive preview at some of the artwork that will be on display, and introducing you to 5 of the talented artists taking part.

Malinda: An artist and a teacher

Malinda art-in-progressFor Malinda, 27, art has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. Growing up, she was inspired by her father, who is a successful sculptor in his own right.

“I’m very passionate about empowering women,” she explained. Aside from being a professional artist, Malinda is also a qualified teacher with a passion for education and educating others. “Gaining quality education for women worldwide is an important cause – one I can very much appreciate and would love to support.”  The opportunity to take place in #theMalalaEffect art exhibit was a no brainer for Malinda.

 

Maria: An inspiration in the classroom

Maria art-in-progressOn a similar journey, Maria, 36, has been selling her artwork for 10 years. She was drawn to the project after reading Every Day is Malala Day, which she believes should be an essential resource in every classroom.

“As a middle school teacher and artist, I believe it’s everyone’s right to have an education and to express themselves,” said Maria. “Being part of this project is a way of saying thank-you to Malala and supporting her.”

 

 

Morgan: An artistic trailblazer

Morgan art-in-progressSelf-taught artist, Morgan Jones, will dazzle you with his mixed media techniques. The piece he’s creating for #theMalalaEffect will go through multiple stages to achieve what he describes as a ‘dream-like’ finish.

“A life without education is a life without power,” Morgan explained. He says Malala’s story can inspire anyone to stand behind what they believe in. We can barely wait to see his tribute to Every Day is Malala Day on display.

 

Susanna: The talented youngster

Susanna art-in-progressSusanna’s just 10-years-old and the youngest artist taking part in #theMalalaEffect. Despite her age, she’s no stranger to the art world. Susanna’s been drawing since she was 3, selling her first painting last year. Like many young girls around the world, Susanna can’t comprehend how girls are denied an education, and it’s for that reason she’s inspired to showcase her artwork.

“I love school and I’m thankful for my education,” Susanna explained. “I want to participate in this project as a way of showing my support for girls’ education around the world.”

 

Rebecca: An artist motivated by her travels

Rebecca art-in-progressRebecca, 34, has been on her artistic journey since birth. She was deeply moved when approached to participate in #theMalalaEffect exhibit. It was Rebecca’s experience in the Middle East and her travels across Asia that immediately connected her to the project.

“I witnessed firsthand girls being oppressed and treated like second-class citizens,” she confessed. “It’s nice to see a movement specifically aimed at lending assistance to women in parts of the world where they are systematically disadvantaged.”

See it all come to life!

Here are some of the ways you can experience:

1. Follow #theMalalaEffect online to watch the progress of each masterpiece unfold!

2.  Attend the free exhibit in Toronto:

Event detailsPoster art exhibit

When:
Friday March 7th and Saturday March 8th, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Where:
Walnut Contemporary
201 Niagara Street, Toronto, ON, M5V 1C9
t: 416-271-6599

Who:
Free and open to the public