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Children's art to celebrate the day

WITH the arrival of the annual International Children's Day, two charity children's painting exhibitions are being held to celebrate the global event, as well as to help more kids in need.

The "Angels Among Us" art exhibition will begin tomorrow at Liu Haisu Art Museum in Hongqiao. During the five-day exhibition open to the public, up to 50 outstanding children's paintings will be displayed.

The artists of these works are mentally-challenging children from special needs education schools and Sunshine Homes (education centers especially for mentally retarded children) in six districts in Shanghai.

Themed "Color, Self-confidence, Enjoy," the paintings are in various styles including watercolor, pastel drawing, Chinese brush drawing and Jinshan peasant painting.

"The exhibition will show a colorful art world as seen through the eyes of those children, presenting their passion for life and desires for beauty," says Zhou Xinjian, chairman of Shanghai Disabled Person's Federation, the event organizer. "We do believe that love can create miracles."

At tomorrow's opening ceremony, Fu Tianyi, one of the best guitarists in Shanghai and founder of the jazz band Walking Five will give a performance, as will the folk band Summer Jaguar.

This event is also part of the Dandelion Plan launched by Shanghai Huayun China-Europe Culture Exchange Center, the co-organizer. Shanghai Daily is one of the sponsors.

Some videos shot at Pudong Special Education School will be screened to the public for the first time at the exhibition, recording daily life in the school, as well as the efforts of teachers and students.

"From the videos some very touching moments will be seen, not merely the pure smiles of those children, but also the teachers who contribute a lot to special education," says Yang Lei, one of the founders of the Dandelion Plan. "Those teachers contribute efforts hundreds of times to help the children with their painting, encouraging them to present the beautiful moments in their life."

Until June 19, another children's painting exhibition is being held in Pudong. Up to 800 children's paintings are displayed and on sale at the Super Brand Mall.

The paintings are selected from 2,000 works created by children from 200 kindergartens, primary schools and youth activity centers in Shanghai.

The six themes are "Sea," "Snow Mountain," "Environmental Protection," "Passion," "Happiness" and "Love," which show their hopes for life and the future.

"All the proceeds will be donated to China Next Generation Education Foundation for poor kids in Yunnan, Sichuan provinces and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region," says Wang Ping, vice director of the foundation.

This "No. 1 Child Foundation" project is run by China Next Generation Education Foundation and Club Med, a leading holiday resort company from France.

Club Med, which has more than 80 resorts around the world, opened their first ski resort in China last November in Yabuli.

As part of this first cooperation, Club Med donated 150,000 yuan (US$23,118) to the Next Generation Education Foundation to support the education of Chinese youths.

"This charity art exhibition will expand our love for kids from within the resorts to outside in China," says Gao Hua, managing director of Club Med China.

? "Angels Among Us" art exhibition

Date: Tomorrow-June 5, 9am-5pm

Venue: Liu Haisu Art Museum, 1660 Hongqiao Rd

? "No. 1 Child Foundation" Club Med Children's Painting Exhibition

Date: through June 19

Venue: Super Brand Mall, 168 Lujiazui Rd W.


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