Speak Peace: American Voices Respond to Vietnamese Children's Paintings

CDA ShotsChildren's Art from the War Remnants Museum, Vietnam
November 5-23, 2010

> Little Gallery at Rathbone Hall,
Sage College of Albany
Reception: Fri. Nov. 5, 5-9
Gallery Hours: Mon.-Fri., Sun. 12-4

> Schacht Fine Arts Gallery,
Russell Sage College
Reception: Tues., Nov. 9, 12:30-2
Gallery Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9-5; Sat, Sun. 12-4

Organized in cooperation with Soldier's Heart and The Sage Colleges' Veterans Week 2010.

Speak Peace: American Voices Respond to Vietnamese Children's Paintings is a traveling exhibition of artworks by children from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. Since 2000, the War Remnants Museum has coordinated with the General Science Library and Fine Arts Museum to organize a drawing competition for children across Vietnam's largest city. The competition attracts some 100,000 children each year, from which the War Remnants Museum - an institution dedicated to the history of the so-called "American War" - collects 2,000 to 3,000 pictures, from children aged 5 to 15. The works are poignant testimony of the lingering legacy of war upon children generations removed from the fighting, and about the hopes for peace that fill the hearts of young people the world around.

Exhibitions of the original artworks have traveled to major cities in Denmark and Japan, and now, for the first time, arrive on a multi-city tour of the United States. The exhibit is an opportunity to consider the impact of war through the eyes of children, to consider its long-term effects on the psyche of a nation, and to reflect upon similar impacts of current conflicts around the world; additionally, the show comes to the US on the 40th anniversary of the shootings at Kent State University, providing an occasion to remember that chapter of our own history. Organized by Soldier's Heart, a veteran's support organization in Troy, NY, the exhibit comes to the Capital Region through the efforts of the Center for Documentary Arts and the Sage Colleges' Veterans Week 2010. The exhibit will be on display in galleries at both Russell Sage College in Troy and the Sage College of Albany, for maximum exposure to the Sage community and the public. A series of writing workshops with local schools and programs with veteran's groups are planned.

CDA Gallery

Collaborators: Kent State University's Wick Poetry Center and School of Art Galleries and Soldier's Heart, a non-profit veterans' return and healing organization.

In partnership with the War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

Kent State University's Honors College
Inamori International Center for Etihics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University
The National Peace Academy
Writers in the Schools Alliance
Oliver Printing