On Sunday, August 5, 2012, the director of Peace Boat US and several art community members in New York City organized a special evening of Films, Speakers, Performances, and Art for post 3.11 Japan. This cultural event brought together people to share information and gain awareness about what is going on in Japan, especially near Fukushima, where residents are still suffering from the aftermath of the 3.11 earthquake and nuclear disaster.
The proceeds from this event were sent directly to the following organizations that work with long term and short term evacuation efforts of children in Fukushima. 50% of the proceeds was donated to Tsunagu Hikari (on.fb.me/ME9v1a ), a local NPO in Fukushima that works on bringing Fukushima children to Okinawa for long term housing. The other 50% was donated to Fukushima Peaceboat Project (peaceboat.jp/relief/), an NPO working in Fukushima for short-term evacuation efforts with Fukushima children, where children can take one-month trips away from the affected areas on boats to travel and have cultural exchanges with other parts of the world.
Thank you to Spin Gallery, a spacious gallery & event space owned by Susan Sarandon in Manhattan, for generously offering us a home for our benefit show.