Srishti Bakshi, Founder and campaign champion for CrossBow Miles was in Delhi with the team, as they continue to drive their efforts with meaningful stories and a strong social message via the 30 wall arts that they are painting across the country. The team undertook the wall art at Sarojini Nagar and witnessed the participation of large groups of supporters who came together today to support this cause. The team with the support of students, passer-by and local artist collaborators have so far painted 20 walls in various cities that they have passed under the guidance of the renowned Bangalore based muralist Poornima Sukumar .
The CrossBow Miles Art Project is all about the team engaging with local communities through the language of art, where a wall is left behind serving as a reminder to the people of the town or city of the new ideas and thought processes that CrossBow Miles introduced to them. Each of these individual walls will have a motif and all 30 of them will come together as a whole piece of artwork.
Speaking on the relevance of the art walls to the mission of women safety and empowerment through digital and financial literacy, Srishti Bakshi said, “The basic theme of the art project is to portray women we have met across the whole journey who faced certain circumstances and emerged as victorious. These are women who are everyday heroes, leading ordinary lives, not making headlines and yet extraordinary in the way they lead their lives and they are from the same communities that these men and women come from. It’s a most beautiful and poignant way to spread the idea of an equal world. The beauty of painting in public spaces is the reaction, appreciation and participation that it brings.” Speaking on her association with CrossBow Miles, the renowned muralist Poornima Sukumar said, “I admire the vision and the confidence behind CrossBow Miles and what they hope to achieve. I am glad to have got this opportunity to make a difference, to have left a mark, an art work for women of our country. “This artwork aims to combine elements of sensitivity, fierceness, strength and the versatile nature of a woman’s life and represents an empowered Indian Woman moving towards the future.” All the artwork that has been done is an attempt to bring together the various parts of India, one wall at a time, to recreate symphony and beauty. We believe in the power of stories and art and hope that the movement grows further.
About the Artist:
Poornima Sukumar is a muralist, community artist, illustrator, documentary photographer who is working closely with the transgender communities and women communities across India and is using public spaces – especially through wall-painting to enable youth voices, engage communities in peace making and social participation, to create awareness, visibility and reclamation. CrossBow Miles is partnering with Poornima to leave behind a beautiful message for the cities and towns it is going through.
A glimpse of the journey till Delhi – https://youtu.be/pYGWJgpKS_U
The partners who are extending their support to this initiative and powering this campaign are the National Commission for Women (NCW), L&T Financial, ITC Vivel #AbSamjhautaNahin, GAIL Hawa Badlo, IOCL Ujjwala (PMUY), Dettol and Harpic Banega Swachh India. In addition, rural workshop support has been provided with Internet Saathi by Google India and Tata Trusts.
About CrossBow Miles:
CrossBow Miles is a mass outreach and engagement platform tailored for cause-driven campaigns. Conceptualized and established in 2016, CrossBow Miles is the vision of Srishti Bakshi. Team CrossBow Miles has embarked on 3800 km on-foot journey across India from Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu to Srinagar, Kashmir mobilizing citizens along the way to make India a safer country for women. CrossBow Miles aims to sensitize citizens to the gender divide in the country, which it will combat by empowering women with digital and financial literacy. As radical innovators with an aim to reach 1 billion steps, CrossBow Miles is collecting steps on their app (available on iOS and Android) which serve as virtual support from individuals to organizations working in the areas of education, skill development, health & hygiene and women empowerment. https://crossbowmiles.com/