Children's Art Exhibitions Open in Brazil and Mongolia
On September 1, 2009, the SGI-Brazil sponsored "Boys and Girls Art Exhibition," featuring art by children from Brazil and around the world, opened at the Victor Brecheret Convention Center in Atibaia, São Paulo State, Brazil. The exhibition ran through September 26.
Among those attending the opening was Atibaia's Vice Mayor Ricardo dos Santos Antonio. The history of the children's art exhibition, which has toured in Brazil since 1994, was introduced during the ceremony. President Josué Luiz de Oliveira of the municipal assembly stressed that the exhibition is an attempt to directly convey to viewers what children think and how they live by means of their pure and innocent artistic expressions.
On September 17, the opening of the "Mongolia-Japan Children's Friendship Art Exhibition" was held at the Choibalsan Public Kindergarten No. 12 in Choibalsan, Mongolia, with Choibalsan Mayor Enkhtsetseg Jargal, Zorig Foundation Executive Director B. Oyundari and some 300 local citizens in attendance.
The exhibition consists of some 50 works by local children selected from among applicants from the kindergarten, as well as about 50 winning entries from last year's Soka Gakkai's Boys and Girls Hope Art Exhibition.
The kindergarten students performed songs and dances at the reception. One of the guests at the opening remarked, "This exhibition will open the path to exchanges between children in both countries in the future." The Soka Gakkai and the Zorig Foundation, a Mongolian non-profit organization, donated audiovisual aids and books to the kindergarten.
[Adapted from an article in the September 16 and 21, 2009, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]