How can a kid's perspective be considered 'dangerous"
An exhibit of children's art from Gaza will be opening at the Unitarian Church on W. 49th on Friday night at 7:30. The show comprises 24 of the original 75 pieces that were brought out of Gaza by Susan Johnson, a U.S. activist who became the can exhibit curator for this work. The show was cancelled from the Oakland Children's Museum just weeks before it was supposed to open last September. That part of the story has been publicized. But what no one is talking about is some of the language used in the push to have the show cancelled.
"Dangerous!" Thats how the art was described by some of those who pushed to have the show kept away from they eyes of the children of Oakland, California. Imagine! How sad is it that so little effort is made to ensure that children in Gaza and everywhere feel so secure that they never have those images to conjure up when only their creativity can help them. The outcry of censorship was so strong that the original show was divided into three shows after it was finally exhibited in Oakland (at an alternate venue). One show will be here in Vancouver.
The show will open at the Unitarian Church, Friay, March 9 @ 7:30. childsviewfromgaza.org for other locations. Find out what some found so "dangerous!" Ask yourself how dangerous can chilcren's images really be and what's behind the outcry?