Letter to Children / 1999

for the Amazed World Project at the United Nations, NY

Ik-Joong Kang




My name is Ik-Joong Kang. I am an artist, born in Korea, but now live in the United States. I believe in the power of children to change the world for a better future. I also believe in the importance of children feeling connected to the whole world and to each other.

In recent years I have asked children from all over the world to make drawings showing their dreams. I have called this global project Amazed World.

What is your dream? I am very curious about how you imagine your future, the future of our world. Do you dream from the mountains? Maybe you dream from your home near the ocean, or desert, or the city with tall buildings?


Any dream is important dream! It could be where you want to go, who you would like to be when you grow up, who you want to meet, or things you would like to have or share with others.

If you bring our hopes together, maybe it will help us to learn that many of us smile when you dream. Draw your dream and send it to me. If you send your dream I will use it like a brick-making a big bridge for people to cross over into the future.