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Artists collaborate with local children in Rome to build a 60-feet wooden sailboat and spread messages of hope and tolerance
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The Ship of Tolerance is a global public art project by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov that aims to connect communities around the world and plant the seeds of tolerance in the hearts of people.

In each city where the project takes place, the artists lead conversations with local children and teenagers (ages 6–15) about ideas of tolerance, open-mindedness, and belonging.

Sharjah, UAE
Sharjah, UAE

Following these conversations, Ilya and Emilia work with kids in the community to create drawings on fabric, which are stitched together to form the sails for a 60-feet wooden sailboat. Finally, this large-scale, floating sculpture — a collaboration between the artists, a master carpenter, and city’s younger residents — is put on display in a prominent location for all to see and experience. The ship is recreated in each city to which it travels.  

St. Moritz, Switzerland
St. Moritz, Switzerland

Our next stop is Rome, and we want you to be a part of creating the largest and most ambitious presentation of the Ship of Tolerance yet.  Thousands of children from all around Italy will participate in the project which will be supported by the Vatican and the Ministry of Education.

Why is this important?

To understand our shared humanity, we must first talk to one another. The Ship of Tolerance gives a platform to the next generation of world leaders to share their messages about the world they envision - and deserve. "If these messages change the hearts of some adults and some children, then we have achieved our goal," -- Emilia Kabakov.

This project has changed many lives and is now even more important than ever. It has become much more than an art project — it has evolved into a global movement. This project allows children of different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds to create something together. This synergy, despite individual differences, will lead to an event of monumental beauty that inspires human unity.

Siwa, Egypt
Siwa, Egypt

Where have we been so far?

To date, nine different Ship of Tolerance sculptures have been completed in seven different countries — Cuba, Egypt, Italy, Russia, Switzerland, Sharjah, and the United States — symbolically connecting them through this communal work of art.

Where are we going next and why? 

For the next phase of the project, we want to bring the Ship of Tolerance to Rome. Italy, like so many European countries, is overwhelmed with the new realities of migration.  We partnered with the the Vatican and the Ministry of Education of Italy to run classes on tolerance all around Italy.  Children from the refugee resettlement center in Rome will work together with local children to create sails for the Ship. The Ship will be installed in a prominent location at the courtyard of the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. http://www.accademiabelleartiroma.it

Academy of Fine Arts, Rome
Academy of Fine Arts, Rome

What does your contribution support? 

With your support, the Ship of Tolerance will be created in Rome in May 2017, in collaboration with the the Vatican and the Ministry of Education of Italy. Your pledge will directly support children's participation in programs teaching tolerance, and artistic contributions to the design of The Ship of Tolerance. These contributions will give participating kids a platform from which to think and talk about what makes us human and what makes us more alike than different. 

With your support, we can buy the art supplies necessary for kids to participate in the project. A portion of donations will also go towards construction of The Ship. Even with a donation as small as $10, you can directly support one child's participation in the Ship of Tolerance movement.  

Funds raised beyond our initial goal will go directly to the next location of the Ship of Tolerance project in Oslo, Norway, Chicago and Detroit in 2018.

New York, USA
New York, USA

Why Kickstarter?

We’re reaching out to Kickstarter because we know the power of community. Just like Kickstarter, our project would never have existed without the trust and support of people around the world. With an audience as large as Kickstarter's, together, we can spread the message of the project to an even larger audience. We invite you to join us in this journey towards making the world a more tolerant place.

About Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov are globally recognized as some of the most important figures in the international art scene. In 2008 they were awarded the Praemium Imperiale, established by the Emperor of Japan to honor the fields that the Nobel Prize does not cover. “Art News" magazine named them among top 10 living artists.

Their work is regularly exhibited in leading international museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Whitney Museum of American Art, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and Tate Mordern Museum in London. In 1993 they represented Russia at the 45th Venice Biennale with their installation The Red Pavilion. The Kabakovs have also completed many important public commissions throughout Europe and have received a number of honors and awards, including the Oscar Kokoschka, Vienna, in 2002 and the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, Paris, in 1995 and Cammandeur De L’order Des Arts Et Des Lettres in 2014.

Rewards:

PLEDGE $8,000 or more

Signed limited-edition print

A pledge at this level supports the participation of 800 children in the project.

 Original print of the Ship of Tolerance signed by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. A limited edition of 10 will be produced exclusively for this campaign (size 8'' x 11'').  Also includes: a private visit with the project director in the location of your choice, your name in our printed media and social media posts. A pledge at this level supports the participation of 800 children in the project.

ESTIMATED DELIVERY: Jun 2017

PLEDGE $2,000 or more

Private tour of the Ship

A pledge at this level supports the participation of 200 children.

Zug, Swizerland
Zug, Swizerland

Enjoy a private tour of the Ship in Rome, Oslo, or any location in the US with the director of the project. You (up to 3 guests) will get an intimate look at the Ship and a close-up view the drawings before it opens to the public. You will have to make your own trip to the site.

Also includes: acknowledgement in our promotional materials and social media posts. 

ESTIMATED DELIVERY: May 2017 

PLEDGE $1,000 or more

Original sail from the Ship (limited reward)

A pledge at this level supports the participation of 100 children.

Havana, Cuba
Havana, Cuba

You will receive a unique actual sail from the Ship. Also includes: acknowledgement in our promotional materials and social media posts.

ESTIMATED DELIVERY: Jun 2017 

PLEDGE $100 or more

Signed photo of the Ship

A pledge at this level supports the participation of 10 children.

Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy

 A photograph of the Ship of Tolerance signed by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov (11''x 14", edition of 50). This is a sample, but not the actual photo you will receive.  Also includes: a shout out on our social media pages and website. 

ESTIMATED DELIVERY: Jun 2017

PLEDGE $75 or more

Limited-edition t-shirt

A pledge at this level supports the participation of 7 children.

 

Limited-edition Ship of Tolerance t-shirt with a logo designed by the Kabakovs. Also includes: a shout out on our social media pages and website.

 ESTIMATED DELIVERY: Jun 2017

PLEDGE $25 or more

Postcard from Rome signed by Kabakovs

A pledge at this level supports the participation of 2 children.

The artists will send you a handwritten postcard from the project site in Rome. Also includes: a shout out on our social media pages and website. A pledge at this level supports the participation of 2 children.

ESTIMATED DELIVERY: Jun 2017

PLEDGE $10 or more

Social media shout-out

Your contribution will allow 1 child to participate in the Ship of Tolerance project, and you’ll also receive a shout-out on social media from the project team.

ESTIMATED DELIVERY: May 2017

PLEDGE $5 or more

Virtual hug from our team

Havana, Cuba
Havana, Cuba

 

We’ll list your name on our website and send you a virtual hug.

ESTIMATED DELIVERY: May 2017

Risks and challenges

Even if we don't raise enough funds through the Kickstarter we are committed to bringing the Ship of Tolerance to Rome. We have already obtained necessary permits from he city and started education sessions with the kids. With your support we can buy art supplies, build the ship, engage more children and spread the ideas of tolerance to a larger audience.

This campaign is endorsed by an independent jury endorsed by Art Basel.

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    You will receive a unique actual sail from the Ship. Also includes: acknowledgement in our promotional materials and social media posts. A pledge at this level supports the participation of 10 children.

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    Enjoy a private tour of the Ship in Rome, Oslo, or any location in the US with the director of the project. You (and up to 3 guests) will get an intimate look at the Ship and a close-up view the drawings before it opens to the public. Also includes: acknowledgement in our promotional materials and social media posts. A pledge at this level supports the participation of 200 children in the project.

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    Signed limited-edition print

    Original print of the Ship of Tolerance signed by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. A limited edition of 10 will be produced exclusively for this campaign (8"x 11") Also includes: a private visit with the project director in the location of your choice, your name in our printed media and social media posts. A pledge at this level supports the participation of 800 children in the project.

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