7:00am June 21, 2010

Smithsonian to Exhibit Art by Haitian Children

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The Smithsonian Institution’s Ripley Center will be hosting an exhibit of artwork created by Haitian children. The exhibit begins this Thursday, June 24 and ends on October 17.

Haiti’s first lady, Elisabeth Preval, visited D. C. this past week and says the display of paintings and drawings have provided healing for children as a way for them to express their emotions.

Also on display will be artwork created by the First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden during their joint visit to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

The Associated Press reports,

The Smithsonian also is leading a recovery project to pull paintings and cultural relics from Haiti’s rubble to be preserved.

Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center is located at 1100 Jefferson Drive S.W. And the exhibit is sponsored by the National Museum of African Art.

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