Mideast art auction bids to help Syria's child refugees

Story highlights

  • Artists from across Mideast have donated piece for one-off public auction
  • Syri-Arts has organized event to raise funds to help Syrian refugee children
  • Bids can be made online while auction takes place on November 8 in Beirut
  • UN says that half of 2 million Syrian refugees are children
When charity and creativity go hand in hand, the result can be a work of art -- quite literally.
Such is the aim of Syri-Arts, part of Lebanese non-profit organization Kayany, which is working to raise much needed money for Syrian refugee children by auctioning off 150 works of art.
For Nora Joumblatt, an art historian who is helping to spearhead the endeavor, the initiative makes perfect sense.
"The Mideast is home to a host of artistic talent and art is the universal language," she says.
An online auction, hosted by website Paddle8.com, began October 30. A live auction, hosted by Sotheby's, will be held at 6pm on November 8 at the Beirut Exhibition Center, where the art is on display.
According to Syri-Arts, all the funds raised "will go to the benefit of Syrian refugee children to secure food, clothing, medication and schooling through reputable NGOs working on the ground."
"They are all donations," proudly declares Wassim Rasamny, one