‘Jeans for Refugees’ is a global initiative facilitating innovation, communication and collaboration to raise funds for refugees worldwide.
The 100 ‘Jeans for Refugees’ are a collection of artistic expressions affirming that each human being has a unique and equal value, and a right to live in stability, safety and peace. Every life deserves a chance, and whether by contributing time, skills or resources, everyone can help to create change. We can all collaborate in some way to help the people on this shared planet of ours who urgently need support at this time.
‘Jeans for Refugees’ galvanises our celebrity culture to focus a global audience on a current humanitarian cause. 100 celebrities have donated their jeans in solidarity with the refugee situation, to be painted by Johny Dar and auctioned to raise funds for refugees worldwide. These talented individuals have achieved worldwide recognition for their work. Many have overcome great challenges to fulfill their own personal dream, which has brought them global fame and earned them an iconic status within our popular culture and global society. Celebrities are fascinating not only because of who they are and what they do, but because they are social avatars of dreams come true.
We all have dreams for the future. Refugees are faced with the unimaginable challenge of believing in their dream of a new home and new beginning, after experiencing the devastating effects of war and destruction. ‘Jeans for Refugees’ seeks to support that dream, inviting audiences to share the dream of a peaceful and harmonious world, and inspiring individual and collective action towards realising it.
To paint the ‘Jeans for Refugees’, Johny Dar applies a range of colours through original artistic techniques to express the unique personality of each celebrity, on the jeans that they have donated. His message – just as each colour in the rainbow adds to the beauty of the rainbow, so too can every individual in our global society enrich our world – if we choose to see and be that way. And that choice is up to each one of us.
“This started as a humble dream of wanting to make a difference through what I can do, on a personal level, which is painting those jeans – and the rest was only possible through the generous souls that have contributed to this project. I am honoured and humbled to be part of this, with all you beautiful beings. I would love to mention everyone by name who has helped to bring this all together but we would need a small newspaper for that, and you know who you are… thank you with all my heart. Thanks also to everyone who is here, supporting the project with their presence: Your support really means the world, and means a lot to the world, because by coming together for a common cause, great change is possible. ” Johny Dar