200 Kids created this community art project to say their voices count

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“Hopeful Future” is a modern mosaic created by kids from Kansas City’s urban, suburban and rural communities at KC Healthy Kids’ Champions for Health youth summit on March 6, 2018. It’s now traveling to the city as a reminder to them and to their teachers, parents and civic leaders that kids’ voices count!

Artist Michael Vance Toombs developed the concept and sketch. He had it enlarged and printed, then cut it into pieces so everyone could add color and messages. Kids worked on their pieces throughout the morning, and in the afternoon, Michael and volunteers glued the pieces onto a backing in time to unveil it at the end of the day.

At the summit, kids presented plans for projects to make their communities healthier, met with their civic leaders, and learned how to speak out for healthy communities.

Students at Academy for Integrated Arts gave this piece its name. To exhibit Hopeful Future at your location, contact Michelle Dake at KC Healthy Kids. 816.523.5353

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