The Myanmar Times
Thursday, 18 December 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Art gallery opens door to raise funds for the elderly

A new art gallery opened at Hninzigone Home for the Aged in Yangon on November 3, with the aim of raising funds to help care for the facility’s 200 elderly residents.

U Kyine Myint, a member of the Hninzigone management committee, told The Myanmar Times that proceeds from sales of artwork at Hninzimyaing Art Gallery will go toward running the home and caring for residents.

“We are now exhibiting about 70 paintings that are the property of the home. They were all donated by the artists,” he said.

He said that in the future, the gallery space would be available for artists to rent for holding exhibitions. In those cases, 20 percent of the proceeds from art sales would go to the home.

“In this way artists can show their paintings and donate to a good cause at the same time. This benefits everyone, including the elderly residents at the home, the artists and the art buyers,” U Kyine Myint said.

Meanwhile, the Hninzigone Home for the Aged will hold its 51st annual fundraising sale on December 1, featuring vendors selling food and merchandise, as well as games. The entrance fee will be K200 a person.

The shops will open at 3pm, and the opening ceremony, led by singer Daw Yee Yee Thant, will occur at 5pm. An a nyeint (traditional theatre performance) by the Gita Myin Moe (Mount Meru Music) troupe will start at 7pm.

Daw Myint Myint San, the home’s deputy administrative officer, said the annual event always attracts a lot of companies, organisations and schools interested in opening vending booths.

“We ask for a donation of at least K50,000 for renting one shop, but most vendors actually donate more than that,” she said.

“All the money goes toward caring for our residents, including supporting their livings, medical care and funding for trips. For times a year we take the residents on trips around Yangon and also outside the city.”

Hninzimyaing Art Gallery is located at 21 Kaba Aye Pagoda Road in Bahan township. Opening hours are 9am to 5pm daily.