Venezuelan Art Benefit supporting UNICEF USA

Venezuelan art benefit in support of UNICEF's aid to children in Venezuela

This exhibition was extended through Friday, November 10


Please check back for information on upcoming events in support of UNICEF's work with Venezuelan children.


Contact: Velma Anne Ruth at velmaanne@absnetwork.info


About the Cause


The economic climate inside Venezuela has proven to be increasingly life-threatening for the children of this country. Steep inflation and volatility has dramatically prevented mothers and families from obtaining the basic resources needed to sufficiently feed their children and attend to fundamental health needs.  Extraordinarily hard-working communities struggle to earn the required income to meet the impossible demands of 800% - 1,600% inflation. Children in Venezuela have become most innocent victims, bystanders of this internal and multi-national political crisis, within a nation and wider Latin American community where family consistently takes greatest priority above all. Familia Primera. (Sources: Caritas International, and Venezuela’s National Survey of Living Conditions). 


UNICEF has been working in Venezuela since 1991 under the framework of a Country Program that provides for cooperation in health, education and comprehensive protection of children and adolescents, to improve the situation of children and adolescents, and to make their rights guaranteed, as expressed in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Source: UNICEF). 


In consideration of the current and growing crisis, UNICEF is one of the top trusted humanitarian agencies in support of children inside Venezuela. 

Top & Emerging Venezuelan Artists

This first exhibition was a partnership between O. Ascanio Gallery and Espace Expression / Logistics Fine Arts. This special joint showing featured over sixty (60) paintings and sculptures by thirteen (13) top and emerging Venezuelan artists, including Carlos Cruz-Diez, Jesus Rafael Soto, Jorge Blanco, and Corina Hoher. This event was in collaboration with O. Ascanio Gallery, AZ Communications, Inc., and with the generous support of La Jolla Ballroom, and Camus Wines & Spirits.

Contribute to Children through the Arts

The primary sponsor of the Venezuelan art benefit, Children’s Benefit Fund, will donate all net proceeds from private art sales directly to UNICEF USA for UNICEF’s work with children in Venezuela. Children’s Benefit Fund aims to raise over $60,000 to support Venezuelan children. Children’s Benefit Fund is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) philanthropic program created by Velma Anne Ruth, M.Ed. to support initiatives for children around the world.