An international roster of artists already on board quickly pledged paintings and photographic work to the movement’s first fundraising venture.
These include Hollywood actor and musician Luke Goss, who developed his passion for painting during the COVID-19 lockdown, and contributed two serigraphs which together are valued at $100,000.
The screen prints will be sold at an auction at the Taj Hotel in Dubai on September 17, which will be held as part of the TiLT Festival and Conference, a global summit for change-makers. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to Dubai Cares and UNICEF India.
“I am delighted with the response we received for Art be a Part,” said Medha Nanda. “We are delighted to support Dubai Cares and look forward to empowering every artist joining the community to play an active role in helping causes close to their hearts. I am also grateful that we have the chance to support the UNICEF India and that we can work together to achieve our goals. Abdulla Ahmed Alshehhi, Chief Operating Officer of Dubai Cares, said: “Art is a powerful medium to bring about positive change. Creative platforms like ‘Art be a Part” are a great showcase of what we can achieve when we come together in a collective spirit to make our world a better place for all.”
Fairuz Taqi-Eddin, Head of Partnerships and Resource Mobilization at UNICEF’s office in the Gulf region in Dubai, said: “UNICEF is grateful for the Art be a Part partnership and for this concept of innovative event launched in Dubai, bringing together artists, philanthropists and the wider community. to make a difference and support UNICEF’s work for every child in India.
Richard Beighton, Head of Resource Mobilization and Partnerships at UNICEF India, said, “UNICEF is entirely dependent on voluntary support and donations to help us protect children’s lives and their chances of realizing their dreams. We are therefore grateful to have the support of champions for children like Medha Nanda, whose contribution will help us continue to provide new opportunities for children across India.
Nanda’s set goals for Art be a Part were met with particular enthusiasm by Luke Goss, who rose to prominence with his twin brother Matt in 1980s British pop band Bros. After moving to Los Angeles in the 1990s, he launched a 20-year acting career that brought critically acclaimed roles in films such as Nomak in “Blade II” and Prince Nuada in “Hellboy 2. “.
“Art be a part is part of my hope for art and the creative seeds that can be fostered in the young minds that will soon shape our world,” said Goss, who held his first exhibition in Los Angeles last year. , after falling in love with painting during the COVID lockdown.
“I was drawn to Art be a Part and its mission to bring change through art and support UNICEF India. This encounter also led me to Dubai Cares and showed me the wonderful work it does for children around the world. I’m honored to be a part of all of this,” Goss added.