Reflections – 20 years of the
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Ensure more children and young people survive and thrive.

We believe the path out of poverty begins when the next generation can access quality healthcare and a great education.

In under-resourced countries, we focus on improving people’s health and wellbeing, helping individuals lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty.

In the United States, we seek to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—can access the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.


Holly Ballard Martz, 2020
Student chalkboards, gold leaf, paint, vinyl on panel

Education is an essential building block for improving the well-being of people and communities.

A Stronger Existence

Maya Milton, 2020
Acrylic paint, gold leaf, watercolors

Carrying the world on her head, she is walking out of the negativity and darkness of the past towards a brighter future for the world. While balancing the world she is protecting it and moving it towards a beautiful green landscape. The sunrise awakens to a new day.


June Sekiguchi, 2020
Enamel on scroll cut engineered wood, slot, tab and peg construction

This floral form metaphorically conveys the survival of the future of youth and their thriving through education and health. The sculpture is based on the hexagon. Its radiating symmetry is constructed using geometry which references education. A flower precedes the fruit to represent health, food security, and nutrition. Blossoming is the manifestation of thriving.

Every Good Thing

Janet Fagan, 2020
Acrylic, spray paint, marker

Trees offer places to gather, play, or rest. This tree was inspired by the national tree of India, the Banyan tree. When a Banyan tree thrives, its new growth is warm with cinnamon hues. In this image, it becomes a mandala for a mother and child – radiating life as it reaches from their central presence, not unlike how communities thrive when women and girls can meet their fullest potential.

The Springs

Jite Agbro, 2020
Paper, fabric, ink, beeswax, graphite, and thread

What if people received the nutrients they require from the food available to them, and malnourishment ceased being a concern for struggling families?

Tao (Human)

Romson Regarde Bustillo, 2020
Mixed media on paper

Stylized shapes occupy this piece as we humans occupy this world and aspire to go beyond. Whether that is spiritually or into the known universe the golden rule, to treat others as you want to be treated, we carry.


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