More than 80 artists from around the world have compiled a coloring book for kids called “Coloring without Borders.” The captions are in both English and Spanish, and instead of urging children to color inside the lines, they invite them to use their imaginations to complete each artist’s drawing. For instance, next to the picture of a smiling whale, the caption says, “Draw what’s in the whale’s tummy.” Another asks, “What do you see in the stars?” The artists sent many copies of these coloring books to the U.S./Mexican border, asking that they be given to children in detention, especially to those separated from their parents. The artists hope that giving the kids a chance to create a fanciful and bright world may help them imagine and believe in a world without bars and border walls. The books are available online, inviting everyone to go outside the lines of prejudice and fear and find compassion there.
by Mara Faulkner, OSB