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City of Houston Declares June 21, 2021 Wells International Foundation Day
City commends the Wells International Foundation for its commitment to raising awareness of women's involvement in restoring the health and vitality of their communities
The pronouncement recognizes the Wells International Foundation (WIF), a U.S. nonprofit organization incorporated in Houston and operated from Paris, France, and its dedication to celebrating heroic women across the globe who have aided their communities, families, and beyond during the coronavirus pandemic.
WIF is collaborating with Anderson Brickler Gallery and Thinking CAP: Collective Art Projects in Tallahassee, FL on COVID-19 PAGES, a virtual art exhibition that showcases contributions by female artists of all ages in two phases and celebrates these women.
Phase I features the works of 27 professional artists living in five countries around the world. It launched on International Women's Day (March 8, 2021), after an opening reception on March 7. Renowned artists Faith Ringgold and Carrie Mae Weems have contributed their own work to the exhibition to support its success.
Phase II features contributions by 17 schools and community service organizations in the U.S., France, and China. It launched on June 21, 2021, after an opening reception on June 20. Among the service organizations are Houston's Big Brothers Big Sisters and Black Girls Do Engineer.
Big Brothers Big Sisters wanted to be part of the COVID-19 PAGES project to showcase the talent of its youth and give them an opportunity to grow. Three of its "Littles" submitted colorful works that present words and images representing various professions and items associated with the pandemic.
Black Girls Do Engineer's participation in COVID-19 PAGES allowed their girls take a moment to reflect, create, and show to the world the amazing women who are inspiring them through these changing times. Many of the nine pieces of artwork they submitted portray the women who have kept them moving forward during the pandemic.
COVID-19 PAGES: The Influence & Inspiration of Women is accessible online at https://wellsinternationalfoundation.org/