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UNICEF Ambassador Lucy Liu meets young Russian artists with special needs 11 March 2008

Lucy Liu, a woman of many talents, demonstrated her artistic skills during a recent visit to ‘Maria’s Children,’ a unique art studio in the city centre of Moscow, Russia. All of the young artists at the studio are orphans or have been abandoned by their parents.

“I’ve lost track of time” Ms. Liu said during her visit, which was part of the actress and UNICEF ambassador’s latest tour of programmes for children in need.

“The children came in and we started painting and drawing and cutting out all of these incredible images of birds and churches and castles and flying horses,” she added. “Children are all about colours. Every colour is a possibility.”

Maria’s Children is run by artist Maria Yeliseeva and has been a second home to thousands of young people over the past 14 years. In a country where nearly 200,000 children live in institutions providing the minimum of custodial care, the UNICEF-supported studio is a beacon of hope.

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Lucy Liu collaborates with young artists in Moscow.

VIDEO: UNICEF ambassador Lucy Liu talks about her visit to the ‘Maria’s Children’ art studio.

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