UGallery Announces Partnership with the International Child Art Foundation to Support the Not-for-Profit through its E-Commerce Marketplace

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UGallery.com, the leading online art gallery that represents emerging and mid-career artists worldwide, begins selling artwork from the International Child Art Foundation (ICAF). All proceeds support the ICAF, a not-for-profit organization.

“Through these partnerships, we’ve been able to support arts and creativity on a broader level, reaching new audiences around the globe.” Stephen Tanenbaum, Co-Founder and CEO of UGallery.

UGallery and the International Child Art Foundation today announced a partnership to sell artwork from the organization’s international arts & creativity programs through UGallery’s curated e-commerce marketplace. All proceeds from the sale of this artwork will go to the International Child Art Foundation to further develop their programs. View the collection at http://goo.gl/4Jdjxv.

San Francisco-based UGallery is a pioneer in the online art category, selling original works from top emerging and mid-career artists worldwide. Started in 2006, UGallery is one of the largest curated art marketplaces, representing over 500 artists and 7,000 original artworks worldwide.

The International Child Arts Foundation (ICAF) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to enhance academic performance and imbue global citizenship by nurturing children’s creativity and developing their empathy. Since its inception in 1997, the ICAF has engaged children in 80 countries to create 5 million works of original art. The organization’s flagship event in Washington DC, the World Children’s Festival, is the premier international celebration of children’s creativity and co-creation.

“We’re thrilled to launch this partnership with the ICAF. Many of the professional artists on UGallery honed their creativity from early childhood, so we recognize the importance of providing a creative outlet for children,” said Stephen Tanenbaum, CEO and Co-founder of UGallery.

The ICAF manages a number of international programs from its Washington, DC headquarters:

  • Arts Olympiad: the world’s largest children’s art program is free to schools and students and has to date resulted in the production of nearly 5 million original works of art.
  • Peace through Art Program: strives to reduce violence in conflict zones by nurturing empathy through fine art and restoring children's trust in humanity.
  • Healing Art Program: establishes arts activities in regions affected by major natural disasters to restore the affected community’s faith in nature.
  • The Artist-Athlete Ideal: an ICAF model of success that teaches children to pursue a balance of the creative mind and healthy body.

The ICAF art collection available for sale on UGallery focuses on the Artist-Athlete Ideal and demonstrates unique perspectives from children around the world.

“The partnership with UGallery is instrumental for the ICAF. It is incredibly powerful for our young artists to see their pieces online for a global audience, when many of them live in small towns throughout the world,” said Samantha Olsen, Exhibition Officer at the ICAF. “We believe art fosters imagination, which generates ideas and becomes the engine of today’s global economy. Working with UGallery helps our students embrace their imagination and embark on a journey to create and innovate.”

The partnership marks UGallery’s fourth philanthropic collaboration in the past year. “Through these partnerships, we’ve been able to support arts and creativity on a broader level, reaching new audiences around the globe,” said Tanenbaum. Other partner organizations include First Exposures, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, and Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.

About UGallery
UGallery is a curated online art gallery that sells original, one-of-a-kind artworks. Founders Stephen Tanenbaum, Alex Farkas, and Greg Rosborough came together in 2006 to create a revolutionary approach to art sales that democratizes the entire art buying process. Through the online marketplace, clients can browse the collection by price, medium, style, size, color, or artist and give any piece a weeklong test run in their home risk-free. More information about UGallery can be found at http://www.ugallery.com.

About International Child Art Foundation
The International Child Art Foundation is the arts and creativity organization for American and International children. The ICAF introduces children's imagination and creative expressions to creative professionals around the world. To become engaged please visit http://www.icaf.org/support.

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