It started with origami cranes from the children in Japan, survivors of the earthquake and tsunami. These cranes are enroute to Haiti, via New York City, where they will be shared on May 20, 2012 at the SCROLL FOR JAPAN event at the Art Students League of New York. From there, the cranes head to Port-au-Prince, to be hand-delivered to children there who, in turn, will craft birds for children in Japan.

Hundreds of cranes with messages in Japanese are on their way to kids in Haiti after hovering May 20, 2012 in New York City.

Detail from Jave Yoshimoto's Baptism of Concrete Estuary 


 On View        

One Day Only                                                     

 The Art Students League of New York              

215 West 57th Street      


Baptism of Concrete Estuary   Acrylic and gouache on Arches BFK Rives paper, 42"x363"    Jave Yoshimoto 2012

Proceeds to benefit survivors of the 03.11.11 Earthquake & Tsunami

And The Art Students League Interational Residency Scholarship Fund (For Japanese Artists)

Sunday, May 20th

VIP Event With Light Hors D'Ouevres   Noon – 2 PM

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Judy Kuriansky

$100 Suggested Donation

Free Public Exhibition

2 PM – 4 PM

Birds of Peace, launched on May Day, 2012, will continue the inspiration of a project started by The Global Kids Connect Project in Japan, bringing joy, hope and healing to children in the areas hit hardest by the 2011 earthquake an tsunami, on the anniversary - 03.11.11. 

Children in Japan created origami cranes for children in Haiti, survivors of he massive earthquake which hit Port-au-Prince and surrounding towns on 01.12.2010. Those cranes, which include hand-written messages from the artists, will reach Haiti after a brief stay in New York City where they will float above the guests attending the unveiling of Jave Yoshimoto's moving and historic work, Baptism of Concrete Estuary. This thirty-foot scroll captures the chaos and compassion and is being donated by the artist to help raise funds to provide comfort and hope to survivors. 

GLOBAL KIDS CONNECT is a cross-cultural humanitarian initiative promoting healing and comfort for children after disasters that includes a workshop of stress reduction techniques, cultural experiences and exchange of crafts and toys. Founded by thought leader, humanitarian, author, speaker and healer Dr. Judy Kuriansky,  partners include the UN-accredited International Association of Applied Psychology, Haiti Action Youth for the United Nations,  New York’s St. Luke’s Hospital and Ganbaro Miyagi Recovery Assistance Center in Northern Japan.