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Yasuo Kuniyoshi

THE AMERICAN ARTIST IN THE WORLD TODAY
UNESCO CONFERENCE OF THE ARTS
Hunter College - January 26, 1952


     Although it may appear that I am a one-man welcoming committee, I speak for all of us from Artists Equity in greeting you on this special occasion.

     Artist Equity Association is happy to co-operate with the United States National Commission for UNESCO by conducting this meeting in preparation for the conferences to be held in New York and Venice.

      Some of you may believe that UNESCO is a modern-day fantasy. I know many thought similarly about Equity when the idea was first projected. To protect the economic interest of painters and sculptors seemed unreal, although musicians, writers, playwrights had long ago taken this very step. However, we were not dissuaded from our purpose, and we shall continue to work for the artist's betterment, reflecting his needs through cultivating, educating, revising and constructing so as to effect understanding of unity and interest.
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