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The Danforth Museum and School of Art is pleased to collabor ate with Reach Out and Read on The Giving Tree Project\, a unique exhibition in support of children’s literacy.  Initiated by Newton middle s chool student Isy Mekler as part of his Bar Mitzvah project\, The Givin g Tree Project features original work by more than 27 children’s illus trators who responded to the seventh grader’s call to create “trees” for a Reach Out and Read fundraiser. 

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The Danforth exhibition features 27 3-dimensional “trees\,” and will be on view in the Children’s Gallery from Sunday\, April 15 through Sunday\, August 17\, 2012.  The Giving Tree Project will also be the focus of the Highland Street Foundation’s Fre e Fun Friday at the Danforth on July 13\, 2012.  All are welcome to attend.

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About Isy Mekler

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Isy Mekler is no typic al thirteen year old. As a seventh grader at the Solomon Schechter Day Scho ol in Newton\, MA\, he is already an accomplished entrepreneur and advocate for literacy. Considering a project for his Bar Mitzvah\, Isy was inspired by the iconic children’s book The Giving Tree\, and his previous communication with the author Shel Silverstein thanking him for inspiring h im to be a more giving person.  As a volunteer reader for Reach Out and Rea d\, a national nonprofit which promotes early literacy\, Isy envisioned usi ng his favorite book as the basis for a fundraiser to buy books for young c hildren.

With help from his high school art teacher and by sea rching the web\, Isy contacted more than 300 artists from across the countr y asking them to create works that could be then auctioned by Reach Out and Read.  The Giving Tree Project was born. Thirty of the 300 artist s responded\, and were sent 3-dimensional Masonite “trees” that had been pr e-constructed with help from Isy’s relatives in Columbia.  Artists used the se Masonite templates as the basis for creating the unique\, original works now on view at the Danforth—each reflective of individual artistic styles\ , but all in support of children’s literacy.

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Isy and The Giving Tree Project have received growing attention.  He was the subject of a Boston Globe profile and was interviewed by Francesca Bastarache for publ ic radio on Talk With Francesca. Isy was recently honored at the J ohn F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston\, where he receive d a 2012 “Make a Difference” awarded. Speaking to a crowd of 600 people abo ut his success with The Giving Tree Project he explained “I have b een inspired to give more of myself and I hope that this will become contag ious.”

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About The Giving Tree Project

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Creating a small forest in the Danforth’s Children’s Gallery \, The Giving Tree Project begins with a Danforth exhibition of 27 works of original art created by established and emerging artists from acr oss the country.  These include Newbury Honor book winner Grace Lin\; New Y ork Times best-selling author-illustrator Peter Reynolds (of Judy Moody fam e)\; and author-artist John-Paul Jimenez.  Others include Julie Barrett\, A ndrew Fish\, Nancy McCarthy\, and Jean Wallace - all alumni and/or staff of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design\, with whom the Danforth enjoy s an educational partnership.   

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Grace Lin\, who has previously exh ibited in the Danforth’s Children’s Gallery\, is very excited to be a part of this project. According to Lin\, "Books erase bias\; they make the uncom mon everyday\, and the mundane exotic. A book makes all cultures universal. " Through The Giving Tree Project\, Isy hopes to make books more a ccessible to children in collaboration with the efforts of Reach Out and Re ad.

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The Giving Tree Project ends with an on-line auction t o raise money for Reach Out and Read\, which will take place after the show closes at the Danforth.

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