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Overheard on Text: Communicating to Build Trust

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This Art’s For You!

For our 25th anniversary, we asked a diverse group of 25 artists to illustrate cogeneration. Here’s what they produced. Enjoy the collection, then help yourself! These drawings and symbols are available for your use.

By Stefanie Weiss | Jul 17, 2023

A colorful collage of 30 pieces of digital art.

What does cogeneration in a thriving, multigenerational society look like? After more than a century of age segregation in this country, it’s hard to imagine.

That’s one reason why, in our 25th year, we teamed up with Fine Acts, a global creative studio for social impact. Together, we asked 25 artists from around the world to paint a new picture of intergenerational connection and collaboration.

We hope this diverse and dazzling collection will move you, make you think and smile, and inspire you to pursue cogeneration in your own life.

Most important, we hope you’ll use this powerful collection. You can use and adapt any of the illustrations and symbols free of charge.

ACCESS THE ART

All the works are published under an open license on The Greats, a unique platform from Fine Acts for free social-impact art, so that anyone—including educators, activists and non-profits globally—can use them. These works are licensed under a Creative Commons license that allows free use and adaptation, as long as you always credit the artist and never use the art for commercial purposes.

The collection features more than 50 artworks. To build it, we commissioned 20 artists from around the world to create works illustrating cogeneration. We asked 9 artists to create symbols that represent intergenerational connection. And we issued a global open call for existing works, receiving 91 submissions by 47 artists. We selected five of these for the final collection.

The collection is a tool nonprofits, activists and citizens anywhere can use to call for — and build — a world where older and younger people come together to solve problems, bridge divides and co-create the future.

ACCESS THE ART

Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll be showcasing these artworks on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and TikTok. Please follow us there to enjoy the illustrations, learn more about the artists, and share the art with your friends. 

And please, download the art here for your use.

About CoGenerate

We were founded 25 years ago as Civic Ventures with the idea that the growing, older population was less a problem to be solved than an opportunity to be seized. In 2012, we became Encore.org to put a name on the years beyond midlife and imbue them with social purpose. Today, as CoGenerate, we focus on what the vast (and still growing) older population can do in collaboration with younger generations to solve our nation’s most pressing problems. For more about our history, read this.