On October 12, the Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley and the Curatorial Practice at the California College of the Arts are partnering to host a live-streaming of the Creative Time Summit, an annual conference in New York that brings together cultural producers–including artists, critics, writers, and curators–to discuss how their work engages pressing issues affecting our world. To jump-start the conversation in advance of the event, attendees have been asked to submit a paragraph on a keyword associated with one of the summit themes: Inequities, Occupations, Making, or Tactics. This posting is by Jeemin Rhim, American Cyberculture student at UC Berkeley.
Keyword: Inequities
I have just ordered 400 Trick-or-Treat boxes from the UNICEF website for an upcoming Halloween event that UNICEF@Cal, a campus initiative of UNICEF at Berkeley, is planning for. As part of the worldwide Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Project, members of the campus initiative will distribute the donation boxes to local elementary school students and demonstrate them, with skits, how the project works. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has a simple yet powerful idea: believing in kid helping kids. The project started over 60 years ago to help children in need during World War II and has been continuing with children collecting donations instead of treats when they’re tick-or-treating to help other children in need.
Ordering the trick-or-treat boxes, I realized that the concept of “kids helping kids” could be applied for all these different issues regarding inequities. I wanted to see what others think about different social issues regarding inequities and what they think about how the idea of “kids helping kids” can be similarly applied in such current issues.