Exhibit of Children’s Art to Benefit Tsunami Victims

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NEW YORK (PRNewswire) — At New York City’s Gallery at the AIGA National Design Center, Hug Japan (http://hugjapan.jp), in collaboration with My Hope for Children (www.myhopeforchildren.org), will show works created by over 300 Japanese children who suffered through the tsunami and fear the damaged nuclear plant.

Shortly after the disaster, children were encouraged to create art that reflected their reaction, in order to alleviate their pain. Their works show the messages they want to write down now and the future they want to draw.

Photographer Mayumi Suzuki, whose father is still missing due to the catastrophe, will also be showing photos taken of the visceral damage, and spirit of the survivors.

Those who attend “WE ARE HERE — little voice and art 3.11” will be prompted to write messages for the children in northeastern Japan. Hug Japan will send the contributions to the children. Encouraging the children will lead to the encouragement of everyone else the area.

It is estimated that 25,000 souls have been lost, and another half million are without homes. Hug Japan was started in April by Satoshi Nakagawa and Benesse Corporation in order to deliver long-lasting and consistent support to the people who are suffering from the March 11 disaster.

The art benefit reception will take place Monday, May 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. The event is sponsored and made possible by Benesse Corporation (www.benesse.co.jp/english/), TY KU Spirits, and Kiuchi Brewery.

The exhibit will be on view from May 16 to 20, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday. The gallery is located at 164 5th Ave.

For inquiries and attendance, contact David Hawkins of Entertainment Fusion Group at [email protected].

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