Rye Middle School Children’s Art to Aid Children of the Syrian Civil War


Students from Rye Middle School, led by art teacher Kim Tamalonis have rallied together to raise support for the children affected by the war in Syria. They have created a wonderful collection of art works to sell. Proceeds will benefit the Blossom Hill Foundation, an organization dedicated to the empowerment of children in war-torn communities.

The works will be exhibited at The Rye Arts Center through December 18 (please call ahead for available times: 914-967-0700).

All are invited to join us for a free opening reception: Friday, November 20, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Shiva Sarram, founder of the Blossom Hill Foundation will speak at 7:15 pm.

Message from a participating student:

Over three million refugees have fled from civil war violence in Syria. Refugee camps in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and countries in Europe are straining to provide food, water, and supplies to growing populations, while other organizations, predicting long-term needs of the millions of migrants work on sustainable strategies.

In September, we collected art supplies to send to kids at a refugee camp in Jordan.  The Rye Post Office employees gathered a fund to send the boxes to Studio Syria, a Seattle-based organization that transported the supplies to their final destination. This month, by selling our artwork and by creating packs of gift cards that will be for sale at The Rye Arts Center and at Arcade Books, Rye Middle School Students are continuing to help. Profits from sales will benefit the Blossom Hill Foundation.  We hope you visit our show at The Rye Arts Center!


Mariano Ibarra – Rye Middle School 8th Grader