We are excited to announce that this year’s official In Solidarity t-shirts will feature artwork created by Alana Seltsam!

Art has always been a powerful tool in shaping the way we see and understand the world. For this year’s official In Solidarity We Rise 2019 t-shirt, we decided to open the floor up to girls, young women, and gender nonconforming young people age 25 and under to submit their own designs and visions of healing, opportunity, and justice for girls.

We received submissions from all across the country – from Alaska to New York City – and were overwhelmed by the creativity and thoughtfulness that went into creating each submission and the artistic statements that were sent along with them. Although we aren’t able to feature every piece of artwork on our t-shirts, we are happy to share that we will be exhibiting some of the other artwork that was submitted to the contest as part of our Un-Exhibit Hall at In Solidarity.

Making a decision was incredibly difficult, but we are thrilled to have Alana’s artwork featured on this year’s t-shirt and look forward to her attending In Solidarity along with her mom, Donielle Court. Along with her original artwork, Alana submitted the following artist statement:

“My art reflects the three themes; healing, opportunity and justice by using symbolism. In the very middle I drew a young woman with her hands over her heart. I used the heart to symbolize healing because the heart is a frequently used symbol to express love and emotion. Her outstretched pose to suggest reconciliation and ‘healing’ individuals. I used the two women on the middle left and middle right to show opportunities. I put them both in the iconic ‘Rosy The Riveter’ Pose because this pose was used previously to be an icon of women working during World War II. I thought it was appropriate considering I inferred opportunities to mean more woman working and rising to positions of power. I used the last two women to symbolize justice. I put them in this pose because it showing strength and the fist raised high is historically a symbol of solidarity and support. And expresses unity and strength and all these characteristics are necessary to accumulate justice.” 

Alana is 13-years-old and lives in Denver, Colorado where she has been practicing art for as long as she can remember. In elementary school she was interested in anime and graphic novels, which helped shape her artistic style. About a year ago, she started taking art more seriously as something she would like to make a career out of in the future. Alana stays involved in after school programs such as media art journaling and visual art. These programs keep her practicing and learning through various art projects on a regular basis. She also takes lessons from local professional artist, Ginny Abblett, who has helped her advance her skills and technique using multiple media styles.

“My passion for art has led me to this point,” Alana says, “and I am so excited and grateful for the opportunity to be part of this experience and have my design on the In Solidarity We Rise t-shirts!”