UPAW raises €25k to protect chimps in Uganda

Urban Painting Around the World (UPAW) saw its third edition in June and raised €25,000 from its art auctions. Last week, that money was officially donated to the Prince Albert II Foundation with the directive of contributing to a project that will protect chimpanzees in Uganda.

The summer’s UPAW event on the Quay Albert 1er saw 10 known street artists and middle school students from the Principality participating in the Street Art Junior Challenge. They gathered to create a three-day art spectacle with the proceeds destined to go to charity. The theme, Endangered Animals, went right to the heart of what many believe to a problem on a critical scale.

Last Tuesday, a check for €25,000 was presented by UPAW to benefit the Chimpanzee, My Brother of the Forest project through the Prince Albert II Foundation.

The presentation took place with representatives from the government and the foundation in attendance, including Olivier Wenden, the foundation’s Vice-President, Bernard Fautrier, Special Advisor to the Prince for the Environment, Marjorie Crovetto Harroch, 2nd Deputy Mayor in Charge of the Environment, Aude Larroche-Ordinas, representing the Tourism and Congresses Department and Alberto Coleman, the event organiser.

Plans for next year’s edition are already underway and the chosen theme for 2020 is The Planet and its colours. The event, which will be expanded to last a week, will have not just the 10 chosen artists and a second year featuring the Street Art Junior Challenge, but will see a few new additions, such as street food vendors and a 3×3 basketball court.