NATO's got talent: employees' children recognised for coronavirus-inspired art

  • 10 Jul. 2020 -
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  • Last updated: 13 Jul. 2020 11:27

Budding artists whose parents work at NATO have received prizes and certificates from Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg for taking part in an art challenge organised by the NATO Headquarters’ COVID-19 Response Team. The theme of the challenge was “Life during COVID-19”, and it attracted drawings from 17 contributors, aged from 2 to 15.

Artwork: William Koh

The Response Team, which coordinates the management of the COVID-19 situation on NATO’s premises, launched the challenge in June, inviting the children of those working at NATO HQ to be creative with drawings, paintings or other artwork to reflect their experience of these extraordinary times. The submissions focus on a range of themes, such as home schooling, social distancing, virtual friends, hand-washing and parents teleworking.

The submissions have been reproduced in a booklet, with a foreword by the NATO Secretary General. “I want to thank all of you for sharing your art with us at NATO Headquarters. Your creations were exposed in our Agora, bringing colour, hope and some fun around us in these strange times,” Mr. Stoltenberg wrote.

All participants received age-appropriate awards with the NATO logo, such as tote bags, stickers and notepads. The artwork will be displayed in the Agora, the central hallway of NATO HQ in Brussels, Belgium,  throughout the summer.