DC’s Ukraine House Auctions Paintings to Aid War Victims

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Ukraine House, a Kalorama center for Ukrainian cultural events, has expanded its mission in recent months to support the country in the ongoing war against Russia.

  • If you are looking to support humanitarian aid, Ukraine House is the place to be.

Driving the news: The colonial-style, three-story brick house at 2134 Kalorama Rd. NW is currently hosting an exhibition of Ukrainian artwork that is being auctioned off. The proceeds finance the treatment of Ukrainian children injured during the Russian invasion.

  • The centre’s director, Marianna Falkova, told Axios that most of the paintings have already been auctioned off, with the money raised going to United24, a charity platform launched by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

What is happening: There are 18 paintings still up for auction online through Tuesday.

  • Recent works were donated by the Kyiv-based Sofia-A gallery and its owner, Maksym Melnyk.
Photo: Cuneyt Dil/Axios
  • Other works auctioned include graphic works designed in Ukraine and printed in the United States, as well as works by children who drew uplifting images of their hometowns.

Rollback: After the Russian invasion began, Falkova tells Axios that she placed a donation box outside the doors of the house, where supportive neighbors had already begun dropping off letters and flowers.

  • The center’s efforts morphed into a Venmo account and then into full-fledged auctions, with support from artists and galleries donating works.
  • The project also aimed to preserve Ukrainian works of art amid the conflict.

What they say : “Our audience is both Ukrainian and American,” Falkova told Axios during a tour of the house this week. “We even created a notion for this concept: Ukrainians by birth — it’s a native Ukrainian or in a generation were in Ukraine. And the Ukrainians by choice: they are Americans who come to us at each event, who support us.

To be involved: Ukraine House also hosts concerts, open days and other events posted on Facebook.

  • The center will host a concert tonight in support of the Ukrainian army. The event is aimed at 18+ as it will feature songs about war and fund body armor, helmets, first aid kits and other supplies for the military.
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