By Michael Gioia
24 Mar 2014
The year-round partnership, according to Camp Broadway, "connects arts and advocacy by showcasing youthful creativity, delivering classroom curriculum, and offering immersive summer camp programming."
Nothing But Nets is the largest global, grassroots campaign to fight malaria, a disease that kills a child in Africa every 60 seconds. Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has raised over $50 million, and together with its U.N. partners, has delivered 7.25 million insecticide-treated bed nets to protect families in sub-Saharan Africa from malaria.
The Camp Broadway Challenge invites youth, ages 10-17, to create an original work of art themed around Nothing But Nets' mission to "Send a Net. Save a Life." Young artists are asked to create, produce and share a video featuring their original song, dance, music composition or prop by posting it in the Camp Broadway Challenge showcase at NothingBut NetsChallenge.net.
Two artists whose videos receive the most votes will be announced on World Malaria Day, April 25, and will be awarded a trip to New York City to attend The Lion King and Camp Broadway's annual summer session, July 14-18.
"Nothing is more dramatic than the life or death battle to stop the spread of malaria around the world," said Melissa Caolo, managing director of Camp Broadway, in a statement. "Children today are effective advocates for social good and have creative ideas for expressing their support and showing their commitment to the causes that are important to them. Camp Broadway is proud to help the UN Foundation Nothing But Nets get young artists involved in this life-saving campaign."
Additionally, to help children understand the global health issue, expand their knowledge about Nothing But Nets and inspire creativity, Camp Broadway will provide an online educational toolkit that enables kids to follow the Bed Net Journey from the $10 donation to its delivery to a family in Africa that can be found at NothingButNetsChallenge.net.
Camp Broadway's 2014 summer programs will feature songs and scenes from Aida, The Jungle Book Kids, Once on This Island and Seussical, which transport children "to other parts of the globe."