International Exhibit of Children’s Paintings Benefit

In 1934, LRSH organized the first International Exhibition of Children’s Painting at Rockefeller Center, representing work from forty countries. It honored the creativity of children on a scale that had never been imagined before, let alone attempted. Eleanor Roosevelt, the First Lady of the United States, a huge admirer and supporter of the school, was chair of the organizing committee and the exhibit traveled throughout the United States. The exhibition consisted of 500 drawings and paintings by children 6 to 12 years old.

Mrs. Roosevelt spoke at a private opening, which was attended by more than 500 guests, representing the fields of art and art education. “It is highly important that we understand the needs of our children and the children of the world. Through progressive schools which allow self-expression we can do much to help them understand their own countries and countries throughout the world,” she said.