November 13, 2019 – United Way Southern Interior BC (SIBC) and the Okanagan School of the Arts (OSA) invite you to a World Children’s Day celebration and official launch of the Children of the World and #UNIGNORABLE art exhibits November 20, 2019 at the Shatford Centre.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm


OSA/Shatford Centre – Galleria

760 Main Street

Penticton, BC V2A 5E2


  • Two distinct art exhibits – official opening night and reception; OSA staff, local artists and United Way staff and charity partners will be on hand for interviews and to answer questions about the exhibit.
    • OSA “Children of the World” art exhibit – In recognition of World Children’s Day, the OSA has invited artists to submit works of art that celebrate youth and affirm our commitment to fulfilling the rights of every child. Our talented local painters invariably present a variety of inspiring canvases. The displayed works will illustrate the spirit of youth, both from a community and international perspective.
    • United Way #UNIGNORABLE art exhibit – “Art for Social Change” – a display of work created by Malika Favre, a world renowned artist who clients include The New Yorker, Vogue, Sephora and Penguin Books. She was commissioned by United Way Canada to illustrate the #UNIGNORABLE campaign that launched across Canada last year. She applied the #UNIGNORABLE campaign colour in graphic illustrations to highlight social issues in our community. Media and guests will get a chance to view the artwork and hear more about the campaign and how you can make local issues #UNIGNORABLE.

“The idea behind the campaign was to grab people’s attention with a unique and bold colour combined with a hidden narrative that highlights everyday issues. Our colour is here to make them look and our story to make them think.” – Malika Favre

  • World Children’s Day – World Children’s Day is celebrated in Canada on November 20 in recognition of our country’s commitment to upholding the rights of children and two historic events: the 1959 signing of the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Join us as we celebrate World Children’s Day, local artists and ways in which everyone can make social issues #UNIGNORABLE.

About OSA: Established in 1960, the Okanagan School of the Arts (OSA) is one of the longest-running schools of its kind in Canada. The OSA offers a variety of performing and visual arts courses for students of all ages and stages of development, and hosts periodic visual art exhibitions. Our home is the Shatford Centre, a hub of creativity that has been a part of Penticton’s history for almost 100 years. The 30,000-square-foot building, with classrooms, studios, and a recital hall that seats up to 300 people, also operates as a conference centre and events facility. For more info, visit:

About #UNIGNORABLE: The United Way Southern Interior BC launched the #UNIGNORABLE campaign in September across the Okanagan with a kickoff breakfast in Kelowna and reception in Vernon. Although the United Way Drive Thru marks the official kickoff of the United Way campaign in the South Okanagan, this event marks the first art installation in the region. More info at:

About United Way SIBC: United Way Southern Interior BC serves the communities of the Okanagan, Columbia, Shuswap and Similkameen regions. Formed by the merger of United Way CSO and United Way NOCS, United Way SIBC builds on over 65 years of community investment. Our mission is to improve lives and build community by engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. The United Way invests time and resources in three focus areas that support all that kids can be, move people from poverty to possibility and build healthy, strong communities.  For more information, visit or call 1-855-232-1321.

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