Each year, ICAN and ICAN Associates invites 4th, 5th and 6th grade children throughout LA County to express their concerns and insights around child abuse through the medium of art. Focusing on the health and well-being of children, this public awareness campaign provides a comfortable forum for open discussions within classrooms, while emphasizing the importance of child abuse prevention. Since the contest began, over 20,000 students have participated - with their artwork displayed in hallways, professional journals and documents throughout America.
The participating students are recognized each year by the LA County Board of Supervisors, department heads, and child advocates. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 awards ceremony will be held virtually on April 29th, at 4PM PT and is open to all.
Featuring a range of celebrities, this year’s event will be hosted by 17-year-old Jack Dylan Grazer (Shazam!), with appearances from LA County dignitaries, and special guests Asher Angel (Shazam!), Justin Chambers (Grey’s Anatomy), Michaela Periera (Good Morning LA), Lindsay Wagner (The Bionic Woman). Student artwork will be showcased alongside the world premiere of ‘Silver Lining’ written for ICAN by singer songwriter, Annie Bosko and songwriter, Billy Steinberg.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
Child Abuse Prevention Month raises public awareness of the devastating impact of child abuse and neglect and recognizes the efforts of professionals and volunteers who work to prevent harm to children and promotes the joy and well-being of children and families.