On Dec 5, during VOSAP Annual Gala and Award Ceremony, VOSAP Art Gallery on Disability theme was launched with 250 artwork from around the world.
The initiative launched by the US-based NGO, “VOSAP Art From Heart Contest”, aims at colouring the world with Inclusion of Specially-Abled People through the creative expression of artwork.
Voice of SAP launched the International Art Contest “VOSAP Art From Heart” earlier in June 2020. It was a great success with 4,200+ artists from 53 countries came out to participate and ultimately international panel of 8 judges found 50 winners from 24 countries using online platform of VOSAP. This is the first international online art contest on theme of DISABILITY with this huge response.
This unique initiative to spread awareness on skills, talent of Specially Abled People by virtue of powerful tool of visual art and using technology is now taken to the next level with launch of virtual VOSAP Art Gallery of selected 250 artwork of 250 artists. This digital platform can reach to millions of people around the world and not only gives global exposure to Artists but also helps redefine disability with vivid paintings, drawings beautifully portraying aspirations, issues, talents, solutions, emotions of Specially Abled People.
VOSAP Founder, Pranav Desai, says, “Inclusion of 1 BN+ Specially Abled People is a 21st-century opportunity in front of all of us and such initiatives are aimed to touch hearts of millions of people so that there is “True Access” in the society, beyond physical accessibility”.
This live event was hosted by singer and multi-talented Sparsh Shah. Ms Jessica Cox, who is 1st licensed pilot with no arms was a motivational guest speaker. Over 5,000 people watched it on social media platforms, and they all were very inspired by soulful singing of Sparsh and life story of Jessica.
In a letter to founder Shri Pranav Desai, Honourable PM of India, Shri Narendra Modi congratulated 50 winners and letter stated that it is heartening to see tech interventions like VOSAP Virtual Art Gallery will lead to better understanding of skills and talents of Divyangjan.
Chairman of Executive Board of WHO, Indian Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan gave a video message stating that this idea of VOSAP to use art as a tool to mobilize artists to become change makers of tomorrow is exemplary.
Dr Thawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister of Govt of India for Social Justice and Empowerment also delivered his video message and appreciated VOSAP efforts towards inclusion of Divyangjan. Subsequently the virtual VOSAP Art Gallery was launched.
During the event, Shri Manubhai of Sarva Mangal Family Trust announced unlimited $ to $ matching for the day of event. P. P. Jejeshri gave Ashirvachan to artists and VOSAPians.