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Around the Globe 12 Aug 2020

Last week Beirut was hit by a devastating explosion that saw hundreds of people lose their lives and thousands of people lose their homes. Lebanon as a whole has been suffering for months, with Lebanese protesting against government corruption and suffering the effects of a failing economy since last October. Across the world dozens of initiatives have been set up to help the Lebanese people, with notable charitable organisations including the Lebanese Red Cross, Beit El Baraka and Impact Lebanon. But what can you do? Donating to charity is a great step, but you can also show your support through art. Here are 9 ways you can support Lebanon artistically! 

Buy A Print From The For The Love Of Beirut Print Sale

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#๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ข๐—ณ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ง ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฒโ  60+ Prints. 100% Support.โ  Until Aug 28. โ €โ  Join us for our fundraising initiative co-led with @ruwaspace and in partnership with @beirutcenterofphotography, #InMyHouse, and @jadaliyya to celebrate a love and intimate appreciation for the city, and to support the communities affected by the blast.โ  Collected works range from contributions by independent Lebanese artists and the @BeirutCenterofPhotography, to works by artists from the region (Levant/Gulf/North Africa), as well as contributions by members of @NOORimages, @MagnumPhotos, and the international community beyond.โ  โ €โ  โ  100% ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™˜๐™š๐™š๐™™๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™—๐™š ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š @lebaneseredcross โ €โ  Each artwork is printed on archival Fine-Art Paper, at 10"x15"/25cm x 38cm. Cost is USD 135 + shipping (available internationally). Visit the link in our bio to purchase and support. #Beirutโ  __________โ  โ  โ  โ  โ  โ  #fortheloveofbeirut #iamlebanon #gulfphotoplus #ruwaspace #beirutcenterofphotography #lebaneseredcross #GPP #learn #workshops #exhibitions #print #photography #photographer #photograph #project #home #Dubai #UAEโ  #PrintSale #support #magnum #NOORimages

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Dubai-based Gulf Photo Plus have teamed up with Ruwa and another of other regional initiatives to host a print sale with 100% of net profits going to the Lebanese Red Cross. Artists include photographers from across the world, as well as local Lebanese photographers who have been capturing events on the ground like Tamara Abdul Hadi and Myriam Boulos.

Tune Into An Artist Run Livestream

Starting 6pm Beirut time on 12th August, artists, djs and other creatives from across the Arab region will be performing on Twitch to raise money for Beirut based charities. Amongst the events will be a screening of Cherien Dabisโ€™s stunning film Amreeka and a reading from Alya Mooroโ€™s book The Greater Freedom.

Get A Print From Uber Cool Artist Raphaelle Macaron

Lebanese artist Raphaelle Macaron is selling some of her prints with Kiss Kiss Bank Bank to benefit Impact Lebanon. Her art is super cool and super Lebanese. It will also look amazing in your home. 

Purchase Art From Art Relief For Beirut

Art Relief For Beirut was set up in response to the situation on the ground in Beirut. Artists across the world are selling off their work to raise funds for Impact Lebanon and the Lebanese Red Cross. There was even a print from the Turner Prize Nominees!

Get An Arty Bag From Talar Nina

Armenian designer Talar Nina teamed up with local artists Lea Hadidian and Glittur Blurr to raise funds for Impact Lebanon and the Lebanese Food Bank. Lebanon is home to a huge Armenian community which was badly affected by the explosion. 

Donate Directly To Lebanese Art Institutions

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UPDATE FROM THE AIF: 4 AUGUST EXPLOSIONS IN BEIRUT We offer our thoughts and strength to the families and friends of the missing, wounded and those who passed following the devastating explosions at the Beirut port on August 4th, 2020. We have received many messages and inquiries about the Arab Image Foundation (AIF) and we thank all friends for their words of care and support and those helping on the ground. It gives us strength to know that the larger community is thinking of the foundation and everyone in Lebanon at this time. The AIF office in Beirut is in close proximity to the port and has sustained substantial damage. Three team and board members had physical injuries and are recovering. We are currently assessing the damage and are hopeful that the collections are not substantially affected, thanks to the Cold Storage Room where collections are stored and protected. The entire team and larger network are committed to rebuilding and continuing the work of the foundation and we will need your support to do so – also, in solidarity with all the other cultural institutions in Beirut who suffered damage from the explosion. We believe it is only together that we will be able to recover from this blast that came in addition to already several crises. For immediate support, you can donate on our platform. Link in bio. We also accept in-kind donations, in the form of computers, hard discs, archival material and more. Please be in touch at [email protected]

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Many art spaces in Lebanon were completely destroyed. If you really want to do your thing for the Beiruti art ecosystem, you can do so by donating directly. The Arab Image Foundation has explicitly said they are accepting donations.

Commission An Artwork From Local Artists

Artists connected to Beirut are taking commissions in return for donation to Lebanese artists. Such artists include Rama Duwaiji and Nourie Flayhan

Buy A Postcard From Art Queer Habibi

Art Queer Habibi is an initiative that supports the LGBTQ+ community in the Arab region. They are now selling these amazing postcards to direct funds to Impact Lebanon and LGBTQ+ communities in Lebanon. 

Get This T-Shirt From Cold Cuts Magazine

This dreamy t-shirt from Cold Cuts Magazine (with illustration from shukubuku) is donating funds to the Children Cancer Center of Lebanon. We think you need it.

Text Lizzy Vartanian

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