"Cheering for the Olympics" is a program that is sponsored by the International Olympic Committee and China that aims to combine Chinese culture with the Olympic spirit. Artist Jiannan Huang was chosen to be the "Cheering for the Olympics" Overseas Art Advisor for the Winter Olympics 2022 that will be held in Beijing, China. Here is his review of the activities he was involved in over the past year:
The year 2020 was an unusual year, and "Cheering for the Olympics" saw the world going through difficult times, yet it continued to practice the Olympic spirit of not fearing hardship, and to promote the values of excellence, friendship, and respect. We worked hard, and I have actively participated in every event of "Cheering for the Olympics", while sharing the broad sentiment of "Worrying about the worries of the world".
In January 2020, Jiannan Huang was invited to Lausanne, Switzerland, where the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters are located. Jiannan Huang was there representing Chinese artists to meet with IOC President Thomas Bach at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. At the same time, he also participated in the "China Harmony" and "Mascot Sending Blessings to Light Up 2022", New Year activities, and the Spring Festival with IOC President Thomas Bach and Vice Chairman Yu Zaiqing. He also was busy traveling between China and other countries, helping promote China's art and culture overseas.
Jiannan Huang was interviewed on the activities of "Cheering for the Olympics" on the documentary channel of Beijing TV Winter Olympics. As a featured guest, Jiannan Huang told hundreds of millions of viewers about his life as an artist, his position as overseas art advisor for the Olympics, and about the Olympic spirit that he wants to share with his homeland in China and the rest of the world. He hopes that people will better understand Chinese art, and have stronger cultural knowledge and interest to learn more about art. He also hopes that through the Olympic spirit and "Cheering for the Olympics" activities, that China will be more closely connected with the world.
In March 2020, the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic affected the world. Jiannan Huang and the "Cheering for the Olympics" Organizing Committee were very concerned about the epidemic, and worked to hard through all the challenges. The painting, "Awaiting the Gospel", was created by Jiannan Huang, with the purpose of using art and culture to help communicate and inspire people throughout the world.
"Awaiting the Gospel" by Jiannan Huang In June 2020, "Cheers for the Olympics" had an event called Heng Ai Action - A Journey of Beauty. The public welfare activities of the Olympics were officially launched on the campus. Jiannan Huang initiated the "Dream Drawing Action" project and students were guided to explore the humanistic connotation and artistic beauty of the Olympics. After the event, footprints were spread all over the country - from the Olympic city of Zhangjiakou to the ancient city of Hakka Heyuan. Jiannan Huang met with students and inspired them to broaden their horizons and continue to higher education to bring more possibilities for growth.
Authoritative media such as Xinhua News Agency, China News Service, CCTV, Beijing TV, People’s Daily, Guangming Daily and other media reported on the extensive activities of “Cheering for the Olympics” and called for more outstanding artists like Jiannan Huang to be represented. It is hoped that many more people will participate and contribute to the harmonious exchange of world civilization and culture.
In 2021, we look forward to artist Jiannan Huang and "Cheering for the Olympics" organization to bring more exciting news about the upcoming Winter Olympics in 2022.