The International Day for Tolerance is 16 November every year. In 1995, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) selected this date to help us think and be mindful of the need to live in harmony and respect others’ right to be different even though we do not approve or acknowledge the distinction.
The day’s essence is to promote the awareness and need for tolerance in our global society, which has been threatened by violence, discrimination, racism, and exclusion of ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic minorities. According to the declaration of the principles on tolerance by UNESCO: “Tolerance is harmony in difference. It is not only a moral duty; it is also a political and legal requirement”.
Throughout human history, crimes and atrocities have been committed against vulnerable groups of societies. Many artists are fascinated by tolerance values and have expressed what it means to them individually through visual arts. At Amoware, we are eager to bring to you the most notable pieces of art we know from some unique artists to promote the International Day for Tolerance.
Importance of Tolerance
The virtue in a modern age as ours is “tolerance”.
That is why Arthur Kelps extols that “Tolerance is the only real test of civilization,” which encourages one to see the other side of things all the time.
It is the basis for a fair society in which everyone can lead their lives as they wish!
Tolerance is an important concept that helps us to live together peacefully as people.
It has great significance in our lives. Without it, we cannot even think of survival in every walk of life.
It is the only factor that can enable all the people of different races, classes, and nations to sit together and work for human beings’ welfare.
The value of tolerance lies in its capacity to make a human being broad enough to be open to all sorts of thinking. and ideas by helping to create a deeper understanding of others’ views and beliefs.
Moreover, most religions of the world lay stress on tolerance.
In the Holy Quran, Allah Almighty has said:
“You shall resort to pardon, advocate tolerance, and disregard the ignorant.”
In Christianity, if a person slaps you, you must offer him the other cheek.
In the teachings of Buddha, we also find importance on tolerance. So, it is the common teaching of most religions.
Art Ideas for International Day for Tolerance
The International Day for Tolerance reminds us of every human being’s dignity and worth and inspires us to live in peace together.
As we observe the World tolerance day, it is up to us all. We owe humanity a duty to understand, accommodate, accept, and tolerate each other irrespective of our skin colour, sex, age, or religious beliefs.
We must learn to live in peace and be at peace with all, especially those we don’t particularly agree with.
One way to mark the day is by acquiring an item of art that symbolizes “tolerance.”
Art speaks volumes!
Whether as a gift to your neighbour with a different religious perspective, a colleague of another cultural heritage, or just for you to decorate your home if you’ve been looking for something to spruce up your living room or bedroom.
Whatever the case, the International Day for Tolerance is the time to find a unique piece that will express the values of tolerance in you.
Therefore, consider viewing art through this article for the celebration of the International Day for Tolerance.
Light of Tolerance Painting
Why we like it: The “Light of Tolerance Painting” is a great artwork with a beautiful composition and design inspiring and recommended for promoting the essence of the International Day for Tolerance celebration.
Description: Created by Laura Iverson, the piece of art shows Buddha sitting in meditation (zazen) in a grove of redwood trees with rainbow chakras swirling around a luminous sun.
The visionary landscape is an original acrylic painting on a gallery-wrapped stretched canvas. To cover the paint and retain the lustrous shades, it was gently varnished.
Medium: Oil and acrylic paint
Size: 20” x 24”
Side: ¾ inches finished off in black acrylic
Dancing Bears Painting
Why we like it: The detail of the “Dancing Bears Painting” is so precise and elegant that it makes it easy to understand what it portrays – celebration without racism!
Description: Painted by a prodigious artist in person of Kim Hunter, this piece of art is a 10 by 6.5 inches oil painting on canvas depicting a large congregation of bears dancing and socializing in a forest clearing. The picture is on the back of a ¼ inches thick sheet of clear acrylic.
The high gloss of the acrylic sheet complements the rich colors of any image to produce stunning results. The painting itself is a representation of celebration without racism. All the types of bears dance, celebrate, and love without prejudice.
Size: 10 x 6.5” or 5 x 8 ft.
Side: ¼” finished off in black acrylic
You Are Safe With Me
Why we like it: It is a colorful display of colors and a symbol (needle) that promotes the nature of tolerance, which typifies acceptance.
Description: Made by Sheri Hoeger, the painting is a 6 by 6 inches painting, which symbolizes protection in our fractured nations for people of all races, ages, sexual orientation, religions, and political views. It stands for tolerance among us, participation, humanity, and peace. The strength of our diversity is equally honored in this piece of art.
Medium: Oil on board
Size: 6” x 6”
Why we like it: The “Co-Exist Painting” is a fantastic piece of art in which imagery shows the human race’s very nature. It is highly recommended to promote the very core principle of tolerance, which says the judgment of two instances is sufficiently similar when we can treat them as the same for present purposes (looking at the intersection of the two faces).
Description: Designed by Steve Dininno, the “Co-Exist Painting” depicts two faces merged to create a middle ground. The imagery signifies that there is always a mutual ground in the presence of the human race’s distinct beliefs and ideas.
Medium: Acrylic paint
Hug the Planet
Why we like it: Hug the Planet is a beautiful and fabulous artwork that is appealing and suitable for promoting the spirit of tolerance.
Description: Painted by Fred Jinkins, the painting shows a young girl hugging the earth and wishing for peace worldwide. We can learn to live with each other and to tolerate each other’s beliefs. We don’t have to kill each other over religion. The future world could be a peaceful, happy, prosperous place if we would let it. Imagine it without wars!
Dimensions: 3924 x 6000 pixels
Medium: Acrylic paint
All God’s Children
Why we like it: The “All God’s Children” painting is not only a creative piece of art but also a unique artwork with an extensive connotation of tolerance.
Description: Designed by Eloise Schneider Mote; “All God’s Children” painting shows how Jesus loves little children or all the children of the world, and He holds them gently in His hands. It is a religious painting that teaches us love and staying at peace together.
Size: 10” x 8”
There is no denying that tolerance is the most important quality of our daily lives. It is like a tree that we nurture from seed to maturity. Thus, to celebrate the International Day for Tolerance, one of the best things to do is to take a moment to reflect on the incredible impact that art can have on us and the world around us.
This year 2020 edition, we can focus on marking the international day with some amount of give-and-take. We believe this approach can foster peaceful coexistence and move us to a better and kinder future together. The message is clear!