"Empathy is a wave that need never be stopped. If our children can catch this wave, from the ocean of tears shed by Palestinian children, they might have a future in a more stable and saner world." —Alice Walker [read Walker's original essay on the challenges of this exhibit]
Please come and see and support this new exhibition, A Child's View of Gaza, in Los Angeles.
A Child's View of Gaza is an exhibition of over 20 children's drawings from six children's centers in Gaza: Afaq Jadeeda Association, Life makers Center, Culture and Free Thought Association, Khan Younis, Qattan Center for the Child, Rachel Corrie Children's Center, and Al-Assria Children's Library.
In May 2009, an ad hoc delegation of 13 Americans traveled to Gaza to witness the aftermath of Operation Cast Lead. After visiting many children centers, homes, NGOs and seeing the powerful art the children had made during art therapy sessions, the delegation discussed how they could share Gaza's stories and needs with the world. A Child's View of Gaza lets the children share their own experiences through art.
In September 2011, after the Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA) arranged for Oakland's Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA) to host A Child's View of Gaza, the museum succumbed to financial threats and abruptly canceled the show.
The Levantine Cultural Center will host the show Jan. 17-Feb. 17, 2012. A reception took place on January 29th at the Hollywood Woman's Club. (See photos of that event.) (Read article about this show in the Jewish Journal.) You can help to bring A Child's View of Gaza to Los Angeles with your donations. We need support to help pay for shipping, mounting, promotional material, and to contribute to A Child's View of Gaza, so the exhibit can continue to be seen around the world, as well as to make a direct donation to the six children's centers in Gaza. Please be as generous as you can. All donations are tax-deductible.
Your support will be deeply appreciated and acknowledged in our program book. If you are with an organization, we will add your organization's name to all future outreach and materials as a cosponsor.
May the New Year bring peace,
Jordan Elgrably, Amani Jabsheh, and Dara Wells-Hajjar (organizing committee)
Please donate online here, or make check to Levantine Center (write "Gaza Art Exhibit" in memo) and mail to: Levantine Cultural Center, 5998 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035-2657.
You may also donate by phone during regular center hours, M-F, 10 am-6 pm. Call 310.657.5511