Yoko Ono speech: Unveiling ‘Promise Piece’ for World Autism Awareness Day, United Nations, NYC
When I was first approached to create an artwork for Autism awareness, I was shocked by the worldwide prevalence of this serious situation especially amongst our children.
We are now standing in the new age together, armed with so much incredible knowledge on how to heal the world. So there is no reason we can’t find a cure for Autism as well. Let’s shed light to this serious problem, work together, and make it well.
My work “Promise Piece” symbolizes that we all hold a piece of this puzzle, and we must work to raise awareness, funds for research, and advocates for families who experience autism.
The promise piece consists of sixty seven sky of promise pieces in total, and 67 million people have autism around the world. Each Promise Piece will be auctioned online and donated to Autism Speaks in order to raise awareness for autism.
There are still holes in the sky, expressing the mysteries of autism. And the holes are needed to be filled. With our belief and trust in working together, I know that it will be filled in no time.
Purchase the pieces of this MURAL OF DETERMINATION. And ask your friends to spread the word and work together with us on this very rewarding event. Once the solution for Autism is discovered, we will see the sky shimmering in it’s original beauty with no holes!
As I have often said:
A dream you dream alone is only a dream
A dream you dream together is reality.
I am honoured to be a partner in this good work.
Thank you, and I love you!
2 April 2009
World Autism Awareness Day
United Nations, NYC
At Autism Speaks, our goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.
We are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals.
Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to our concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis. It is our firm belief that, working together, we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle.
Autism Speaks. It’s time to listen.
Yoko Ono’s Promise Project
Yoko Ono, acclaimed artist and Golden Lion Award Winner for lifetime achievement, will unveil her original mural titled PROMISE to be auctioned off in support of Autism Speaks and the 2nd Annual World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) on April 2 at the United Nations. The unveiling will be sponsored by Chilean Ambassador to the UN Heraldo Muñoz and the Chilean Mission and supported byAutism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization.
Passed unanimously by the UN General Assembly in 2007 World Autism Awareness Day is only one of three health issues to be recognized by the UN with its own “day”. WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism epidemic and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of people with autism, and features community events around the world where individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced.
Yoko Ono on TODAY on MSNBC.com for Autism Speaks Auction
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Yoko Ono auctions art for autism
By Tom Lane , BBC News, New York
If you have ever wanted a piece of art by Yoko Ono, now is your chance.
The Japanese artist and widow of John Lennon unveiled a new work on the occasion of the United Nation’s World Autism Awareness Day.
Her seven-foot (2.1m) mural, entitled “Promise”, currently stands in the lobby at the UN in New York, but will be auctioned for an autism charity.
The installation depicts fluffy white clouds against a clear blue sky and is made up of 67 jigsaw-like pieces.
These will be broken down, signed by the artist and auctioned off. The money raised will go to the charity Autism Speaks.
The unveiled work is already missing two pieces. Ms Ono hopes that all 67 pieces will be reunited once a cure for autism is discovered.
Speaking in front of a crowd at the unveiling, she said, “Once the solution for autism is discovered, we will see the sky shimmering in its original beauty, with no holes.”
Experts estimate that between 35 million and 67 million people worldwide suffer from autism.
The Chilean ambassador to the UN, Heraldo Munoz, told reporters, “Oftentimes [autism] is thought to be a disease of developed countries. It is not.”
He said that this year more children would be diagnosed with autism than cancer, diabetes, Down’s Syndrome and Aids.
Autism Speaks said this UN event was one of 100 others that took place around the world, including theatre productions, rallies and fundraisers.
Sarah Brown, the wife of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, also released a public service announcement on the subject.
Yoko Ono to auction art for autism awareness
by Michelle Nichols, Reuters
Photo by Eric Thayer / Reuters
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Yoko Ono, the widow of John Lennon, unveiled a mural of clouds in the sky that will be auctioned in 67 puzzle pieces to raise funds and to mark the second annual World Autism Awareness Day.
The 76-year-old Japanese artist and musician created the seven-foot tall “Promise” mural from acrylic materials. Each of the 67 pieces of art will be auctioned with starting bids of $1,000 at www.charitybuzz.com/yoko.
“When I was first approached to create an artwork for autism awareness I was shocked by the worldwide prevalence of this serious situation, especially among our children,” Ono said at the auction launch at the United Nations.
“My work, ‘Promises,’ symbolizes that we all hold a piece of this puzzle and we must work to raise awareness, funds for research and advocate for families who experience autism,” she said, adding that the 67 pieces represent the 67 million people who have autism around the world.
More than 100 events are being held around the world on Thursday in 35 countries to mark World Autism Awareness Day, one of only three issues to be recognized by the United Nations with a dedicated day. The others are AIDS and diabetes.
Autism is a developmental disability that hinders a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships. Its cause is not known and there is no cure.
“I have often said a dream you dream alone is only a dream, a dream you dream together is reality,” Ono said of the quest to find a cure for autism.
Funds from the auction will benefit Austism Speaks, an advocacy organization.
Autism Speaks Celebrates Second Annual World Autism Awareness Day with an Array of International Events on April 2
Yoko Ono Event at the UN, Public Service Announcements featuring First Ladies and “Walk on the Web” to highlight Global Awareness Activities.
NEW YORK, NY (March 19, 2009) – A massive original mural titled “Promise” by Yoko Ono, to be auctioned off in puzzle pieces, a globally televised Public Service Announcement featuring the First Ladies of Great Britain, Egypt, Mexico, Panama and other countries, and a “Walk on the Web” are among the highlights of worldwide events announced by Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization to celebrate the 2nd Annual World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). World Autism Awareness Day is a global effort to heighten awareness about a disorder affecting millions of individuals and families around the world. It was passed unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008 and is only one of three health issues to be recognized by the UN with its own “day”. The April 2 events will take place on multiple continents and in venues ranging from the United Nations to the Worldwide Web.
At the United Nations, artist Yoko Ono will unveil “Promise”, a unique piece of art in which a larger work is broken apart into smaller pieces, she created especially for World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Speaks. The 67 pieces, to be auctioned off for fundraising online, symbolize the coming together of society around children with autism, and the unfinished work of the world in finding a cause and cure for autism.
“I am a proud partner with Autism Speaks in promoting awareness and advocacy for children with autism,” said Ms. Ono. “World Autism Awareness Day is not only a day to raise awareness about the importance of early diagnosis and treatment, but also to celebrate another big step towards healing our world.”
The World Health Organization and the Qatar Mission will also host a panel luncheon on the subject of autism at the United Nations. Autism Speaks co-founder Bob Wright will be a participant in the panel discussion, which will be attended by permanent representatives and other UN officials.
“Last year’s WAAD events were a remarkable success, and we are confident that the scope of this year’s activities will help elevate autism as a topic of international discussion and exploration,” said Suzanne Wright, co-founder of Autism Speaks. “On this day, we will highlight the tremendous contributions of individuals with autism, as well as the strength and dedication of their families. Together, we are inspiring compassion, inclusion and hope by building a global autism community whose voice is finally being heard.”
To raise awareness about autism in various nations, several first ladies and dignitaries have recorded WAAD public service announcements. They include: Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, wife of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon; Dr. Liri Berisha, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Albania; Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak, First Lady of Egypt; Mrs. Sarah Brown, wife of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Mrs. Vivian Fernandez de Torrijos, First Lady of Panama; Ms. Dalia Rabin, daughter of former Prime Minister of Israel; Mrs. Touré Lobbo Traoré, First Lady of Mali; and Señora Margarita Zavala Calderón, First Lady of Mexico. The ads will air on CNN on April 2 as well as in countries around the world, raising awareness about World Autism Awareness Day’s events and advocacy and services available around the globe.
The WAAD web site, www.worldautismawarenessday.org features links to autism organizations, autism information that can be printed in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Korean, Russian and Spanish, and a list of worldwide WAAD events along with a link to the Walk with Wubbzy on the Web,a “virtual walk” that is an extension of Autism Speaks’ Walk Now for Autism, which takes place in more than 75 communities across the United States, as well as in Canada and the United Kingdom. The Walk with Wubbzy on the Web site provides ideas about how people can celebrate World Autism Awareness Day in their local community, and also accepts donations to fund autism awareness and research efforts. Last year’s Walk Now on the Web raised more than $40,000.
To date, there are events planned in more than a dozen countries, including Aruba, Bahrain, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Panama, Romania, the U.K. and the U.S.
World Autism Awareness Day shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism epidemic and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of people with autism, and features community events around the world where individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced.
Autism is a complex brain disorder that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism spectrum disorders are diagnosed in one in 150 children in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The prevalence of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.
About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks funds more than $30 million each year in new autism research, in addition to supporting the Autism Treatment Network, Autism Genetic Resource Exchange, Autism Clinical Trials Network, Autism Tissue Program and a range of other scientific and medical programs. Notable awareness initiatives include the establishment of the annual United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 and an award-winning, multi-year national public service advertising campaign with the Ad Council. Autism Speaks’ family services efforts include the Autism Video Glossary, a 100 Day Kit for newly-diagnosed families, a School Community Tool Kit and the distribution of community grants to local service providers. Its government relations division has played a critical role in securing federal legislation to advance the federal government’s response to autism, and has successfully advocated for insurance reform to require insurers to cover medically-necessary autism therapies. Each year, Autism Speaks Walk Now for Autism fundraising events are held in more than 70 cities across the country, as well as Canada and the United Kingdom.
Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Senior Advisor at Lee Equity Partners and served as vice chairman, General Electric, and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal for more than twenty years. Wright also serves on the board of directors of the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation and RAND Corporation.
To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.