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6/23/2011 Houston, TX-- Artists’ Heart, is a fund raising event dedicated to Japan & United States Disaster Relief Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 8PM held at the Ayva Center, Houston

Tsunami and Earthquakes in Japan
Japan was hit by an enormous earthquake on March 11, 2011, that triggered a deadly 23-foot tsunami in the country's north. The giant waves deluged cities and rural areas alike, sweeping away cars, homes, buildings, a train, and boats, leaving a path of death and devastation in its wake. Video footage showed cars racing away from surging waves. The United States Geological Survey reported the earthquake and revised its magnitude from 8.9 to 9.0, which is the largest in Japan's history; close to 10,000 were confirmed dead; plus 15,000 people still missing based on the March report.

Tornadoes in the United States
Recently, some of the deadliest Tornadoes ever attacked cities in the United States: Alabama, Missouri and for the first time, in Massachusetts. More than 500 people have been reported killed and Thousands of homes destroyed with many people still missing.

Artists’ Heart
Artists throughout time - performing artists and visual artists - have always been there to remind us of our humanity. Artists have shown us through their pulsating music and touching lyrics; through dynamic dance and with paintings and sculpture, that we are all brothers and sisters; that we are each other, connected through heart and soul.

The past months - overseas and here in America - have been plagued by disaster; tsunamis, earthquakes and tornados with horrific loss to our friends in Japan and neighbors here in Alabama and Missouri.

And so Houston multi-cultural artists have decided to band together to remind each other and our diverse citizenry – that here in Houston, we care, we have ARTISTS’ HEART. Please join us. Together we can truly make a difference.

ARTISTS’ HEART, is scheduled to take place Saturday, .July 16th, 2011 at the AYVA Center, 9371 Richmond Avenue at Ocee Road. One hundred percent (100%) of the funds raised from this disaster relief program including donated multi-cultural performances and silent auction fine art will be given to the Japan Red Cross through the Consulate of Japan for relief in Japan; and the Greater Houston Area Red Cross for disaster relief in the United States.

Time honored Houston organizations and Houston media partners are committed to supporting this fund raising program. Please join us and show that you too have ARTISTS’ HEART. Together through our contributed talent, time and dollars, we will bring warmth and hope to the thousands of victims in need.

Multi- Cultural Performances:
Houston is one of the largest multi-cultural cities in America. ARTISTS’ HEART is a true representation of our city’s diversity and the evening will be filled with dynamic entertainment including Singers, Dancers, Comedy Acts, Martial Arts, Drummers, Dancing, and much more. Fine art and treasured objects will be showcased at the Silent Auction.

Performing Artists to date include:
Anjali Performing Arts Center, Kieu Anh & Three Bold Men, Cam Sa Do-Thi, Raul Orlando Edwards, Strictly Street Salsa, Houston Shaolin Kung Fu Academy, Jazz Vocal, Mitsi Dancing School, Rose Phan, Ryukuu Taiko, Showing Japan, Wyldstyl Hip Hoppers, comedians Dean Lewis, Mario Saenz & Donnie Johnson, Tinikling Dancers from Tropical Rhythms Dance and still more to sign on and perform! The evening will continue after performances with a live band for patrons’ dancing pleasure.