The 22,000: Young peace-builders use their voices and creativity to campaign for NYC’s homeless children with a concert honoring Nelson Mandela 3rd Annual Children’s Choral &Arts Festival of Peace


Rita Pihra-Majurinen
Children’s Chorus of Bay Ridge

Brooklyn, NY, January 9, 2014 — “There are more than 22,000 homeless children in New York City which is the highest number since the Great Depression, and that fact is simply unacceptable,” say the organizers of the Children’s Choral and Arts Festival for Peace, which will celebrate its third year on January 26th. Co-directors Rita Pihra-Majurinen and Julia Hurn have made the plight of the city’s many homeless children a focus of the Festival this year. Through creating a venue in which to bring diverse children’s music and arts organizations together to foster peacebuilding, it is their hope to raise funds and awareness for the needs of the city’s 22,000 homeless children. This year’s event also honors peacemaker, Nelson Mandela, whose life inspired, and continues to inspire,millions to strive toward peace around the world.

The Festival includes performances by children of St. Saviour Catholic Academy, Leif Ericson Day School, PS 102 Chorus, and Children’s Chorus of Bay Ridge, along with an exhibit of artwork created by children from Brooklyn Public Library’s Explore & Create Art Class [Bay Ridge Branch], Bay Ridge Preparatory School HS Division, St. Saviour Catholic Academy, and Children’s Chorus of Bay Ridge. The afternoon concludes with activities for children, including an interactive art project, face painting, and refreshments.

For more information about the Festival and the mission and vision of the Children’s Chorus of Bay Ridge, please visit the website,