Park51 NYChildren Photography Exhibit

Park51 to launch first major event in newly remodeled gallery space

NYChildren photography exhibit opens September 21st

New York, NY – Sept. 7, 2011: The Park51 Islamic community center in lower Manhattan is proud to announce the inaugural event in their newly remodeled community space on Park Place. The exhibit, NYChildren, showcases photographs of New York City children hailing from over 160 countries. It is the first major public event held at Park51.

The NYChildren exhibition is scheduled to debut on the United Nation’s International Day of Peace on Sept. 21, 2011. It coincides with the meeting of the UN General Assembly and Clinton Global Initiative. Ambassadors and other leaders from the countries represented in NYChildren have been invited to attend the opening.

The remodeled space at 51 Park Place was funded with $70,000 raised on KickStarter.com. The space is meant to serve as temporary community space until the groundbreaking for the final Park51 facility.

“I met Danny Goldfield when Park51 was still a new idea. Danny told me about NYChildren and I said his photographs should be the first art exhibit at Park51,” said Sharif El-Gamal, chairman of Park51. “I am proud to say the idea has been realized. Opening this incarnation of the community center is a fantastic accomplishment.”

“NYChildren photography was inspired by the idea that the better we know our neighbors, the more open and healthy our lives become.” said artist Danny Goldfield, who created NYChildren. “My goal is to photograph one child from every country on earth and find them all living in New York City.”

Goldfield’s work has been featured in The New York Times, LIFE magazine, and on BBC and CNN. Musical entertainment for the evening will be provided by The New York Arabic Orchestra. NYChildren will run for three months.

To attend the opening or schedule interviews, please contact Larry Kopp at The TASC Group: 646-723-4344 or larry@thetascgroup.com.

About Park51
Rooted in the Islamic tradition of cooperation and coexistence, Park51 is a planned interfaith community center in lower Manhattan. Once realized, it will be home to a vibrant and inclusive community reflecting a wide spectrum of faiths, serving New York with programs in education, arts, culture and recreation.

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