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Children's art from Gaza to be shown in Vancouver in March

February 27, 2012

Vancouverites have a chance to see the children's art show that nearly didn't show in the U.S. last fall.

The Museum of Children's Art in Oakland, California cancelled an exhibition of drawings and paintings by children in Gaza after pressure from the Jewish Community Relations Council and Jewish Federation of East Bay.

Local citizens and the international community objected strenuously to the censorship and A Child's View from Gaza opened at another venue in Oakland to critical acclaim. The show features artwork by children who experienced the 22-day Israeli attack on Gaza in 2008-09. Of the 1,400 Palestinians killed in Operation Cast Lead, more than 350 were children. Some of the works illustrate atrocities experienced in that attack. Curator and organizer Susan Johnson describes the show as "nothing short of amazing - some drawings are difficult to view with scenes depicting war at its worst while others illustrate hope."

A Child's View from Gaza was created by children who survived the attacks and took part in art classes at six children's community centres in Gaza. The original exhibit of 75 of those drawings has been divided into three, one of which will be showing around Vancouver, March 9-15 (

Vancouver's opening reception will be on Friday, March 9 at the Unitarian Church, 949 W. 49th Ave at 7:30 pm. In addition to showing 25 drawings in pencil, crayon and markers, the evening will feature Barbara Lubin, Executive Director of MECA ( and a video interview with Dr. Eyad al-Sarraj of the Gaza Community Mental Health Program (

For more information contact:
Brian Campbell
A Child's View From Gaza Committee
Phone: 604 254 1803

Barbara Lubin
Executive Director
Middle East Children's Alliance
Phone: 510 548 0542

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