Help Annie Go to Europe, not Turkey

Annie placed as a top 10 finalist out of more than 600 entries in the Atlantic Institute's Art & Essay contest, "Ten Days, Ten Weeks, Ten Months, Ten Hours: What Can YOU Accomplish?" Annie submitted a color pencil drawing entitled, "Be Heard" along with an artist's statement. As a result, she won 8th place and is invited to travel with the Atlantic Institute and other winners to Germany, Amsterdam and Brussels for 8 days in July. All expenses while in Europe including accommodations, transportation, meals, and admission fees to museums are covered by the Atlantic Institute and their sponsoring organizations. Annie is responsible for purchasing international round-trip airfare to and from Amsterdam ($1556), a $2000 participation fee, $25 visa and personal expenses including travel insurance and passport. Please help her realize her greatest dream of traveling to another country to experience their culture!
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Annie's Artist's Statement:

What I feel my art stands for is the past and the present together. In my picture, I chose to depict past events, such as the Berlin Wall, the Cold War, and World War II, as well as occurring events, such as the Gay Rights movement, Feminism movement, and Black Lives Matter movement, all occurring here in the United States of America. But I also chose to depict some joyous things in the midst of all the turmoil, such as an American space shuttle and the Soviet satellite Sputnik, which represent space exploration in the midst of the Cold War, and the fall of the Berlin Wall, a great wall that separated West Berlin from East Berlin, or in other words, separating capitalism from communism. I did this to show that yes, humanity has done wrong and always will. But if it weren't for the discordance we create as a whole, we would not have many things. We would have probably never made it to space, nor would we have computers if not for chaos. Humanity is driven by chaos, fear, hope, pride, and curiosity. If it weren't for these things, we would have never made it.

Mankind has been plagued by many things since the very beginning - wars, hatred, disease, famine, and much more. In the present, we have learned that peace is a better option, but we still fight with one another. Wars still happen, and always will. But we are learning from our past mistakes. Because we learned from our past, we have banished many terrible deeds we have done, such as genocide. But we still kill. In the present day, an extremist group has killed many innocent people, and caused millions to flee for their lives. But many countries, such as America, Russia, Turkey, Germany, and France are fighting them. If we can defeat them, we will have saved millions of innocent men, women, and children of many religions, ethnicities, and political views. We have recognized anybody who threatens innocent lives and chooses to kill instead of keeping peace as a threat, and sadly, it still happens. But we are learning from our mistakes. Slowly but surely, we are becoming better. Of course we will still pick our fights, we will still hate our neighbors, but as a whole, we are learning, and that is a very good thing.
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