Children’s Artwork Pays Hospital Bills and Touches Hearts


Seven-year-old leukemia patient Chen Zhuo was initially hesitant to part with his paintings. But once he found out his art would be traveling from his hospital bed in Shanghai to museums all over the United States, he donated it as part of Project HOPE’s initiative to raise funds for hospitals in China. He told hospital staff that he wanted to help other sick children just like him.

Project HOPE, an acronym for Health Opportunities for People Everywhere, organized the “World of Love” children’s art competition in June in partnership with hospitals in Shanghai, Beijing and Taipei. Now, over 1500 masterpieces will tour the United States and Canada to benefit Project HOPE’s children’s health programs by showcasing the collection at exhibits, events and eventually for sale.

More than 80 pieces, most by youth with no special art training, are on display until Feb. 14 at the Pacific Heritage Museum, the exhibition’s only San Francisco venue.

The young artists, ranging from ages 4 to 19, have some works from the competition decorating children’s hospitals in China, while the rest were donated for the current multinational tour. img_4529

Jack Blanks, director of strategic alliances for Project HOPE, pointed out that hospitalized youth saw the exercise “as a kind of therapy,” while their healthy peers participated in order “to do something for friends who are in hospitals.”

“World of Love” also commemorates the 50th anniversary of Project HOPE worldwide, the 25th anniversary of Project HOPE in China and the 10th anniversary of the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center. At the exhibit’s opening last month, honorable commissioner Mae Woo presented Project HOPE with a certificate of honor from the City and County of San Francisco in support of its life-saving programs and to celebrate its anniversaries.

img_4551Museum spokesperson Manni Liu said that both the museum and its partner United Commercial Bank have deep roots in the Chinese community and a stake in this multinational endeavor.

“If these children can be so generous, then our bank and museum can also be generous and donate the space for them,” she said. “For us to be able to sponsor something that brings together children from China and here locally is a wonderful reason to do this project.”

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One comment on “Children’s Artwork Pays Hospital Bills and Touches Hearts

  1. rbjello
    December 19, 2008

    This is such a great exhibition and I actually went to go see it. Admission is completely free and they are actually selling scarves and notecards with some of the children’s artwork on it. The artwork is on sale and all the proceeds will go to hospitals in China. I highly encourage anyone in the Bay Area to check out this exhibit. Those kids are so talented!

    Thanks for posting this article on your website! 🙂

    For anyone who needs more information:

    Museum Address:
    608 Commercial Street,
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    (Between Montgomery and Kearny)
    Tel: 415-399-1124

    Museum Hours:
    10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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