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News Release

Israeli Creative Arts
December 4, 2003

MONTREAL - The Youth Institute of the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts, cultural branch of the YM-YWHA of Montréal, is very pleased to present “Peace through Humor,” a visual arts exhibit produced by groups of school children in Israel. This internationally acclaimed exhibit has met with praise and admiration on its journey from Israel through the United States, and now, we are honoured to host it here in Montreal. The exhibition represents a sampling of creative undertakings of Jewish, Arab, Druze and Bedouin children, communicating their fears and dreams through an array of colourful paintings meant to inspire peace and change.

The exhibition is being launched with a vernissage open to the public on January 19, 2004 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. The exhibition continues through to February 8, 2004. The public is invited to attend.

In the shadow of war, this exhibit is more relevant than ever for students, in it’s reflection of a myriad of cultural and social values, all hoping for a new peace that will destroy hate and fear. The Youth Institute therefore invites school groups to tour the exhibition and participate in thematic workshops.

We would like to thank our partners who have made this project possible, the Jewish Community Foundation of Montréal, Bronfman Jewish Educational Program, and Partnership 2000.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact Tessa Wetherill of the Youth Institute, at 739-2301, ext.334.