The Inter-American Development Bank delivered three crates of art materials to Port-au-Prince for the use of Haitian artists affected by the earthquake of January 2010. Among the donated materials were acrylic and oil paints, canvas stretchers, canvas, brushes, spatulas, staplers and staples. Port-au-Prince’s Nader Museum and Art Gallery will distribute the materials.
The materials were collected and purchased by the IDB in Washington, DC, through a campaign called "Colors of Hope in Haiti". Coordinated by the IDB-DC Solidarity Program and the IDB Cultural Cente, the Bank's staff members, relatives and former employees were enlisted to help. The initiative was further supported by the Washington-based Embassies of Argentina, Spain, Guatemala, Uruguay, and Venezuela as well as a number of artists.
As part of the campaign, the IDB mobilized a group of Latin American and Caribbean artists living in Washington, DC, to lead participants in a collective painting session at the Bank’s headquarters as a show of solidarity with Haiti. Haitian artists carried out a simultaneous event at the IDB’s Port-au-Prince office.
Information courtesy of IDB e-alert, 26th August 2011.