ACTION: We Need Young Artists!
The Health Rights Organizing Project is collecting artwork from across the country to promote the importance of health care for all kids. Children ages K - 12 are being asked to submit art to draw attention to children's healthcare in our country. As inspiration, the art should reflect the idea that "America's Future Starts with Healthy Children Because..."
Prizes: Up to 50 artworks will be displayed in a Congressional building and Union Station's West Hall in Washington D.C., in January 2009. Four artists will win a trip to Washington D.C. for the exhibit unveiling.
Submissions will be accepted through November 21st, 2008.
Organizers are asking parents and teachers to help promote the effort. Here’s what people are saying:
Diana Corcorran, a parent active with Idaho Community Action Network (ICAN):
The art exhibit is timely because we need to make our legislators and the public aware of how that important public programs, like Medicaid and the [State Children's Health Insurance Program], are effective in improving health care, so they will be inspired to expand them and guarantee that kids get the care they need
Before the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) was in place, Henry's daughter needed tubes placed in her ears to prevent hearing loss, but they didn't have insurance. Eva Henry, mother and parent advocate with the Colorado Progressive Coalition (CPC):
I was making too much money for Medicaid but not enough to get my employer's insurance. We couldn't find a doctor that would insert the tubes without health insurance. Instead, they gave her antibiotics. She became immune to the antibiotics. This is what will happen if SCHIP is not reauthorized: children will lose their hearing. If we had SCHIP back then, [her hearing] would have been fine.
In Los Angeles, art teacher Eunsoon Lee:
I am excited to work with the Korean Resource Center... to organize drawing sessions with kids, including my own young children. I believe that what we are doing is vital to raise awareness about of children's health care coverage. If we can afford to take care of our children's healthcare costs, families will worry less about how to pay for rent or mortgage and other basic needs.
Want to find out more? Visit www.iwanttobehealthytoo.org.