On 26 January 2014, two Thai students won prizes from the 25th MOA (MOA Art and Culture Foundation) Children’s Art Exhibition. Miss Punyanuch Baopoonthong, 6th grade student of Maryvit Pattaya School, Chonburi Province, won a silver prize, while Mr. Kaninnutch Chanchanayothin, 4th grade student of Sukanaree School in Nakhon Ratchasrima Province, won a bronze prize.
The award presenting ceremony was held at the MOA Museum of Art, in Atami town, Shizuoka prefecture on 26 January 2014. The contest in Thailand was held in cooperation with Rangsit Science Centre for Education and the MOA Thai Foundation. Three pieces of art by Thai students were sent to the international contest for the final selection, along with more than 450,000 art pieces sent from all over the world. The final selected pieces are exhibited at the MOA Museum of Art during 1 January - 19 February 2014.
In this occasion, on 27 January 2013, Ambassador Thanatip Upatising welcomed and hosted the luncheon at the residence for the students and their parents, Director and Head of Academic Affairs of Rangsit Science Centre for Education, Office of the Non-Formal and Informal Education, Ministry of Education, as well as the representatives from MOA Museum of Art and MOA Thai Foundation.
The MOA Art and Cultural Foundation is one of the main pillars of the MOA Association (Mokichi Okada Association), i.e. Okada Purifying Therapy, Nature Farming and the Arts and Culture Operations. The main activities of the Foundation are the operation of the MOA Museum of Art, the Hakone Museum of Art and the International Children’s Art Exhibition in which Thai students have won prizes in recent years. At present, MOA has its branches in 13 countries including the MOA Thai Foundation which was established on 18 December 1989.