The preview for the Arts of Pacific Asia Show will benefit victims of the recent earthquake in Japan promoters announced today. The event is one of the many many collectively comprising Asian Arts Week in New York.
The producers of New York Arts of Pacific Asia, Elizabeth Lees and Bill Caskey, have joined forces with the creator of New York Asian Arts Week, Regina Kolbe, to turn the 21st preview party for New York Arts of Pacific Asia, slated for Wednesday, March 23, into a benefit to raise funds for relief in earthquake and tsunami torn Japan.
“In this time of unprecedented calamity for the Japanese people,” show Producer Elizabeth Lees says, “I think those of us who cherish Japanese Art and who have benefited commercially from the market in that work should band together to find ways to reach out and help our friends.” Lees says that the preview party for Arts of Pacific Asia has not been a benefit of any kind for a decade, and continued, “we have offered its tickets at a very reasonable $100 in recent years. Today we have asked New York Asian Arts Week and its founder Regina Kolbe, to join us in quickly converting our preview party into an arts-wide community benefit for the relief effort for the people of Japan.” Lee’s says that every exhibitor and guest the Arts of Pacific Asia preview party will be asked to contribute a minimum of $50 additional dollars to go directly to the relief effort in Japan.
Kolbe, says she has accepted the invitation to work with Arts of Pacific Asia “to spread the word far and fast that the benefit proceeds from the Arts of Pacific Asia preview will go to the Japanese relief effort.
The Preview Party for Arts of Pacific Asia is scheduled for next Wednesday night, March 23rd
Kolbe says by Thursday morning, a donation will be made to Doctors without Borders, which “we believe to be the fastest and most direct way to move desperately needed help to Japan.”
Listen to Regina Kolbe explain the many facets of Asian Arts Week.