Artists Help Japan is a charity movement initiated by Dice Tsutsumi, an art director at Pixar Animation Studios who was also behind 2008 Totoro Forest Project to help preserve Sayama Forest in Japan and Sketchtravel Project, to gather the force of communities of artists and creative minds around the world.
We believe artists have special roles to contribute to the society.
Within a week, 10 art communities from LA, San Francisco, New York, Paris, Toronto and Pittsburgh have signed up to do fund raising events to contribute to this movement. We are calling for more artists communities to join the forces of Artists Help Japan Movement.
On March 11, an 9.0 earthquake struck off the northeast coast of Japan near the city of Sendai. The earthquake generated a massive tsunami with waves as high as 30 feet, resulting in floods, fires and the closure of airports and transit systems. Hundreds of people were killed, and homes, fields and towns were flooded or destroyed.
Artists Help Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Fund is responding to the immediate needs of survivors as well as short-term to long-term recovery projects undertaken by the affected communities.
The donation collected here will go to Civic Force, highly regarded NPO in Japan. http://civic-force.org/english/index.html
In the U.S. fund raising efforts, we have been supporting NPOs that are in partnership with good Japanese NPOs. One of them we support is Peace Winds Japan. Both Peace Winds Japan and Civic Force were founded by Kensuke Onishi who is well respected for his non-profit career.
We hope artists in England can follow the movement that's caught on big in the United States!!
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