"Stop the Violence!" 12X18 Poster
Noa was just 14 years old when I asked her to create a piece of art that reflected her feelings on gun violence for the Journalism chapter of Be A BOLD Girl! I gave her the quote from Malala that would be attached to her artwork, “When the world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” Noa came up with the design entirely on her own and chose markers as her medium. Her message of both hope and despair perfectly capture the issues of the anti gun violence movement in a BOLD and powerful way. Her artwork may also been seen as the message for June in the Be A BOLD Girl! calendar.
June 2 is Gun Violence Awareness Day and is the birthday of Hadiya Pendleton. Hadiya was a teenage girl who was fatally shot in the back while standing with a group of friends at a park. She had just finished taking her high school finals. She was 15 years old. Just one week prior to her death she performed as a majorette with her high school band at President Obama’s second inauguration. She was a volleyball player, an honors student, and planned to be a pharmacist. She was a BOLD girl who, like too many children in the United States, had her life tragically cut short by gun violence.
Everytown for Gun Safety embraced the #wearorange campaign that was started by Hadiya’s friends after her heartbreaking death. The color orange protects hunters and has become the representative color of advocates for gun violence prevention. The color orange is predominant in Noa’s art and is the color in the calendar for the month of June.
If Noa’s Stop the Violence artwork means something to you, posters are available in an 12 x 18 size. At Noa’s request, one half of all proceeds will be donated directly to Everytown for Gun Safety.