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The Power to Play Exhibit Debuts in New York

Boys play with homemade toy trainThe amazing ability of children to face adversity with creativity and passion will be on display this summer at New York City’s New World Stages.

The theater is the latest venue to host ChildFund's “Power to Play” toy exhibit, which demonstrates the creativity of deprived, excluded and vulnerable children across Africa, Asia and the Americas.

The Power to Play exhibit kicks off the summer season in New York City June 22 and will run through Sept. 6 at New World Stages.

The theater is located at World Wide Plaza, between 8th and 9th avenues on the former site of Madison Square Gardens.

All toys in the exhibit are designed from materials that children find in their homes or villages — everything from old flip-flops and plastic grocery bags to recycled plastic string and empty spray bottles. Using only that raw material — and their imaginations — they create toys in all shapes and sizes that roll, float, peddle or strum. They also express their daily life journey through colorful drawings and artwork.

“These are children who have experienced all the grinding burdens the developing world can inflict on childhood — famine, war, poverty, sickness,” notes ChildFund CEO and President Anne Lynam Goddard. “But the toys they make offer dramatic proof that — through it all — children can retain their sense of wonder, their desire to play, their indomitable spirit and their ability to imagine and create — if they are given the support they need.”

Integrated Media Solutions and UPS are providing support for the exhibit.

The New York debut of “The Power to Play” continues a successful tour for the ChildFund toy exhibit, which has appeared in Boston, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Denver.

ChildFund is sharing this toy collection as a visible demonstration of how the power to play is a key component of children's healthy development. For more information, click here