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Calling all student artists

Underprivileged kids enjoy Toy Story 3

Payap hosts interfaith dialogue

Calling all student artists

Artspace is seeking Elementary School Teachers & 8-12 year old students in Thailand who are interested in participating in “The Arts Olympiad - Fourth World’s Children’s Festival”. Winning artwork of this juried competition will be displayed in The National Mall in Washington D.C. in June 2011. This year’s theme is “My Favorite Sport” in conjunction with Michelle Obama’s outreach program to educate society on childhood obesity. An official 3-day lesson plan is available for teachers upon request. This competition is sponsored by International Child Art Foundation (ICAF) in Washington DC. The Thailand organizer is Laura Spector at ArtSpace. [email protected] Deadline for artwork is mid-November, 2010.


Underprivileged kids enjoy Toy Story 3

Kriangkrai Pitakchatchawal, Managing Director of Toyota Nakornping, 3rd from left, Somphote Limlenglert, Assistant Managing Direcotr of Toyota Lanna, 4th from left, Krithee Chindasilp, Assistant Manager of Toyota Chiang Mai, 5th from left, standing, Nithi Pattanapakdee, Director of Communications Department of Major Cine Ads Co. Ltd, 6th left, standing, Uraiwan Pakasem, Manager of the Dr Sem Pringpuangkaew Foundation, with guests, movie stars, and some of the kids who enjoyed the movie.

Jedsadapong Wongkiew

Toyota Thailand recently hosted kids from the Dr. Sem Pringpuangkaew Foundation to experience the new 3D Toy Story 3 at the Major Cineplex at Central Airport Plaza. The Toyota Foundation provides scholarships for more than 200 kids at the Dr. Sem Pingpuangkaew Foundation in an effort to not only improve education but expose the children to new experiences.

The students were thrilled to meet Thai stars Nong Focus Jeerakul, Michael Sirachatcheathavorn, and Boriboon Chanruang at the event which also saw mascots entertain. This is Toyota Thailand’s second such event under the “Toyota Movie for Kids” program.


Payap hosts interfaith dialogue

Imam Yahya Hendi, the American Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University, urged audiences to listen to and understand others in order to achieve peace and reconciliation, during his second visit to Chiang Mai.  His visit was under U.S. Embassy Bangkok and the U.S. Consulate General Chiang Mai’s co-hosted U.S. Speaker Program on The Role of Civil Society and Interfaith Dialogue.

Imam Hendi conveyed his message of peace and reconciliation at three separate venues in Chiang Mai.  On August 9 he spoke at Payap University’s Institute of Religion, Culture, and Peace and at Mahachulalongkorn Raja Vidyalaya University, Wat Suan Dok, and on August 10 at Suriwongse Hotel.  Noting common challenges worldwide on conflict resolution, reconciliation, and peace, he highlighted “Best Practices of Interfaith Coordination for Peace,” including: understanding and learning about each other; reaching out and building bridges; separating religion from politics, and engaging youth and women.

The three sessions consisted of an interfaith roundtable with local religious leaders and academics at Payap University, a lecture for monk students followed by a question and answer session at Wat Suan Dok, and a dialogue with the Chiang Mai Interreligious Committee network.

Imam Hendi is one of the Muslim leaders who met with President Obama at White House last year, and previously with President Clinton and President Bush. Over the past 10 years, Imam Hendi has traveled to over 60 countries to deliver his message of peace and reconciliation.  He focuses on the issues related to world peace, economic and political justice, and interreligious and interfaith dialogue.

Imam Hendi visit follows an earlier trip to Chiang Mai in August 2009 when he spoke on “Integration of Religious Teachings for Reconciliation and Peace” and met with a wide representation from all five religious communities and with local youth.

Imam Hendi’s visit was under the U.S. Speaker Programs, supervised by U.S. Embassy Bangkok’s Cultural Affairs Section, which brings American experts on a diverse range of issues to speak to and exchange views with a broad spectrum of Thai audiences. More information is available on  Imam Hendi’s website: http://www.imamyahyahendi.com/. (PR)