Amidst all the tragedies happening around the world, we would like to bring in some positivity and share some good news that our team has been working hard for. Our community project DAFA (Digital Arts For All) is back again for its 2020 edition! For those who are not sure what DAFA is all about, here’s an introduction:
DAFA is an inclusive ecosystem of people who use digital arts to instill a stronger consciousness for media and digital literacy through empowering workshops, volunteering opportunities and showcasing of works to the public. Joining hands with the Media Literacy council, we raise awareness about 3 media literacy topics: Be Safe, Be Smart and Be Kind to communities from all walks of life.
While the 3 media literacy topics serve as a reminder for us to be responsible digital citizens, it can also remind us to be responsible citizens, especially during the recent COVID-19 disease.
While being safe online means protecting your personal information, in light of the COVID-19 disease, being safe means practising good personal hygiene, including washing your hands frequently with soap and cleaning commonly used items like your smartphones.
Millions of content and information are spread around every second. However, not every content created is reliable and real. By being a responsible citizen, it is our job to verify information given to us before spreading it around. Fake news and online falsehood only cause panic and distress among all of us.
From refusing to serve an ambulance driver to chasing nurses out of the public transport, there has been news and cases of people being unkind to our front line heroes. During such situations, we ought to exercise kindness, especially to those who are putting their lives on the line to help those battling with the COVID-19 disease.
The new year may have started on a rocky path but if we can practice the fundamentals values of DAFA (Be Safe, Be Smart and Be Kind) and be a socially responsible citizen online and offline , we can definitely pull through this epidemic.
With DAFA around the corner, we are calling all youths who love art to join us in our DFG Youth Competition 2020! In this competition, students will learn more about social issues as well as how to apply their creative thinking and problem-solving skills through design and visual communication. Our DFG Youth Competition is launching on 1 March and we await the beautiful artworks from you guys!
Here are some of the works done by the participants last year: