Presented at the exhibition were more than 800 works of children from 65 schools and art studios of Yerevan. The organizers of the exhibition reached their goal; the children's work proved its right to be called "art". But it was only one part of the work.
There was a need to create conditions for preserving this rich, colorful and fantastic world in order to make it more accessible for the general public.
So on March 13, 1970, at 13 Abovyan Street in Yerevan, Armenia, The Children's Gallery was opened. That fact became an event not only for the city, but also for the whole country (previous USSR), as there was nothing like it in the world.
The Children's gallery very quickly gained a reputation outside of Armenia and today there are 150,000 works on display from more than 110 countries of the world. Within two weeks nearly 120,000 people visited the exhibition.
Subsequently, The Children's Gallery served as a foundation from which the National Center of Aesthetics was created and in 1980 the Center became a permanent refuge for Children's Art and Aesthetical Education.
Currently functioning within the Center are the Fine Arts and Decorative Applied Arts Studio-College, with 11 studio-colleges, "Flower Theatre", also known as "Small Theatre", the Philharmonic Branch, "Metro Theatre", and National Instruments, a 7-year old musical school.
Thanks to its purposeful and large-scale activity the National Center of Aesthetics also has branches outside of Yerevan, in Vanadzor, Gyumri, Meghri, Sevan and Goris.