Paxton recently gave back to the international community by donating door-to-door international shipping services for 21 paintings from International Orphan Care (IOC) to the Teen International Media Exchange (TIME) for the Ninth International Youth Media Summit (IYMS). Afghan youth artists created the paintings that Paxton International shipped, pro bono, from Herat, Afghanistan to Aliso Viejo, California. Paxton Herat, one of the three offices we have in Afghanistan, was integral in facilitating this project.
All paintings arrived on time and in perfect condition for display at the Ninth International Youth Media Summit. The Summit is an annual event produced by Teen International Media Exchange. The Summit brings together teen artists, filmmakers, and diplomats from around the world to explore ways to inspire and empower their generation. The mission is to motivate and equip teen delegates to shape the future through media and action, and this year will mark the first year that a delegation from Afghanistan will be at the Summit. Three young delegates from Afghanistan are attending, two from Kabul and one from Herat. The paintings will be on display July 14th through July 27th in the, “Colorful Wings: Afghan Youth Art Exhibit.” The youth artists have donated the paintings to Mike Whipple’s organization, International Orphan Care for auction at the Summit to support the cause.
Art in this case is both beautiful to look at and a powerful statement. “These are the kids who grew up during the Taliban regime who are now the generation of change, who take strong steps, with eyes full of hope that can see the future. During the Taliban regime a piece of Art was counted as proof of a serious crime, now it can play a huge role in bringing peace to our country” - Susan Atai, Curator.
To learn more please visit IOC’s site at: http://www.orphanproject.org
Visit TIME & IYMS’s site at: http://www.iyms-usa.org