Commencement of activities for Children's Week

Everything starts out small – exhibition of children's artwork at the Lek Gallery

  • Exhibition by young artists at the Lek Gallery commences activities for Children’s Week
  • Exhibition for Children’s Week prepared by children and teachers at the Lek kindergarten for the third year in a row.
  • Lek earmarks 17,000 euros for activities of the Slovenian Friends of Youth Association in 2008, over 150,000 euros in nearly 10 years of cooperation
30. 9. 2008

This afternoon the Lek Gallery opened an exhibition of children’s artwork titled “Everything Starts Out Small,” which the young artists also accompanied with singing and dancing. For the third year in a row, the exhibition marks Children’s Week, and is held at the beginning of October by the Slovenian Friends of Youth Association, with financial support from Lek. It is put on by children and teachers from the Lek kindergarten.

This year the children sought inspiration for their art in nature, and once again showed that children’s creativity knows no bounds. 45 children aged from 11 months to six years old drew, painted and carved. They produced 87 unique works of art using two different techniques: drawing in clay and painting with clay. Through their creative endeavors the children discovered how a natural material such as clay can be used in several ways. The artworks they created will be on display until October 10, 2008.

On the opening of the exhibition Lek will donate 17,000 euros to the Slovenian Friends of Youth Association (SFYA) for carrying out the SFYA’s activities in 2008. Lek has been a partner of the Slovenian Friends of Youth Association for nearly 10 years and supports many of its activities intended for children and youths. It has participated in the “Wink at the Sun” fund-raising campaign since its very beginning in 1999, making free holidays possible for many children who might otherwise not be able to enjoy them. In addition to its financial investment, each year Lek also holds the entertaining Sunshine Games for the children on holiday. In the past ten years Lek has earmarked over 150,000 euros for children’s holidays, Children’s Week and the activities of the SFYA.

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