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You don’t make it to 30 without a lot of help from a lot of people...
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On Wednesday, April 20th, Creative Art Works celebrated three decades of creative youth development at our Annual Benefit for Kids. As a grassroots nonprofit, you don’t make it to 30 without a lot of help from a lot of people; so, in addition to being our single-largest fundraiser of the year, the Annual Benefit is also our way of thanking our CAW family, our community partners, our donors and sponsors, large and small, for their vital contributions to our success.

We are delighted to share that we exceeded our goal for the evening. With your help, we have raised over $750,000 and contributions are still coming in. 
IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO CONTRIBUTE!
We were touched and inspired by our 2016 Honorees: Neil Goldmacher, Vice Chairman, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank; Marcia Sells, Dean of Students, Harvard Law School: Benjamin Lev, Founding Principal, Hamilton Grange Middle School; and Nielsie Edouard our Youth Employee.         

Read on for a recap of the night's festivities!

FIND YOURSELF

Check out Our Photo Album and Event Videos

We have some great photos to share with you in our Flickr Photo Album
Experience the party in our Benefit Recap Video. Hear greetings from members of the CAW family in our 30th Anniversary Video.
 

THE VIP COCKTAIL HOUR

A Taste of the Good Life

Premier Sponsors enjoyed a sublime experience during our VIP Cocktail Hour, hosted by Lippincott. 

The top-shelf wine for this pre-event was graciously donated by 2016 Honoree Neil Goldmacher and his wife Bari, and featured a dozen selections from their private collection. Sommelier Tim Hirsch of Grand Cru Wines & Spirits was on hand to help guests with their selections and give tasting notes. 

30 YEARS PACKED INTO ONE ROOM

How do you fit your entire life into a New York City storefront? Since we are celebrating our 30th Anniversary this year, we wanted to share some of our history with our guests in a manner that was both informative and fun, so we enlisted help from our pro bono branding partner Lippincott

How will creativity shape your future?The Lippincott team captured the essence of Creative Art Works, including our mission and our impact, in an immersive walk-through experience. A 50-foot long time-line tells the history of CAW from our founding in 1986 to the present day. Milestones in CAW's development are linked to historic events such as the construction of iconic NYC skyscrapers and the rising cost of subway fares.

This stunning setting provided a perfect location for a collaborative art-making event and a Youth Art Gallery featuring works by over two dozen participants in six of our in-school and out-of-school time programs.

A Feast of Art

Take a Virtual Tour of the CAW Youth Art Gallery

One of the highlights of the evening was our Youth Art Gallery, featuring over two dozen works by students in select in-school and after-school programs at Hamilton Grange Middle School, A. Phillip Randolph Campus High School and the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, and our Saturday workshops at United Palace of Cultural Arts, The Inwood Branch of the New York Public Library, Artspace PS109 and the PAL William J. Duncan Center. Students from Hamilton Grange and A. Phillip Randolph acted as docents for their own work and that of their peers. 

Addy Dodson, age 9
Different Giraffes, 2016
Oil pastel on butcher paper 
Inspired by Lascaux cave paintings 
Teaching Staff: Angel Thompson, Erin Fritts
Program: Art Around the World at United Palace of Cultural Arts
Ana Tevera, age 9
Self Portrait, 2015
Pencil, marker, oil pastel, watercolor on watercolor paper
Inspired by the self-portraits of Frida Kahlo
Teaching Staff: Lauren Genutis, Giannina Gutierrez, Sophie Mendelson 
Program: Art Around the World at Inwood Public Library
Jocelyn Romero, age 10
A Masterpiece, 2016
Inspired by the self portraits of Frida Kahlo
Marker, oil pastel, watercolor on paper
Teaching Staff:  Beata Drozd, Ayla Rexroth
Program: Family Art at PAL Duncan Center 
Johanna Soriano, age 10 
Undertale Self-Portrait, 2016
Marker, oil pastel, watercolor on paper
Inspired by the self-portraits of Frida Kahlo
Teaching Staff: Beata Drozd, Ayla Rexroth 
Program: Family Art at PAL Duncan Center
Shaeme Jimenez Medina, age: 9
Self Portrait, 2015
Pencil, marker, oil pastel, watercolor on watercolor paper
Inspired by the self-portraits of Frida Kahlo
Teaching Staff: Beata Drozd, Ayla Rexroth 
Program: Family Art at PAL Duncan Center
Sanura, age 4
Family Portrait, 2016
Oak tag, cardboard, tempera paint. 
Inspired by the visual narratives of Carmen Lomas Garza
Teaching Staff: Beata Drozd, Ayla Rexroth 
Program: Family Art at PAL Duncan Center
Leif Erik Lopez, age 8
Family Portrait, 2016
Oak tag, cardboard, tempera paint. 
Inspired by the visual narratives of Carmen Lomas Garza
Teaching Staff: Beata Drozd, Ayla Rexroth 
Program: Family Art at PAL Duncan Center
Erika Arcentales, age 15
Skeletal Muscle Tissue, 2015
Mixed-media collage  
Teaching Artist: Beata Drozd
Classroom Teacher: Dr. Miriam Cusack
Program: Anatomy and Physiology at A. Philip Randolph HS
Aichatou Soumahoro, age 16
Skeletal Muscle Tissue, 2015
Mixed-media collage  
Teaching Artist: Beata Drozd
Classroom Teacher: Dr. Miriam Cusack
Program: Anatomy and Physiology at A. Philip Randolph High School
Emely  Rodriguez, age 15
Muscle Tissue, 2015
Mixed-media collage  
Teaching Artist: Beata Drozd
Classroom Teacher: Dr. Miriam Cusack
Program: Anatomy and Physiology at A. Philip Randolph High School
Elizabeth Geronimo, age 15
Human Cell, 2015
Watercolor on paper
Teaching Artist: Beata Drozd
Classroom Teacher: Dr. Miriam Cusack
Program: Anatomy and Physiology at A. Philip Randolph High School
Owen Odiase, age 15
Air Pollution, 2016
Mixed-media collage  
Teaching Artist: Beata Drozd
Classroom Teacher: Dr. Miriam Cusack
Program: Anatomy and Physiology at
A. Philip Randolph High School
CAW Youth Artists, ages 7 - 10
Symbols, 2016
Ink on paper
Inspired by Sumi Ink Club
Teaching Staff: Angel Thompson, Erin Fritts
Program: Art Around the World at United Palace of Cultural Arts
CAW Youth Artists, ages 7 - 10
Walu (Antelope) Masks, 2015
Oak tag, cardboard, tempera paint 
Teaching Staff: Lauren Genutis, Giannina Gutierrez, Sophie Mendelson
Program: Art Around the World at Inwood Public Library
CAW Youth Artist, age 9 
Walu (Antelope) Mask, 2015
Oak tag, cardboard, tempera paint 
Teaching Staff: Lauren Genutis, Giannina Gutierrez, Sophie Mendelson
Program: Art Around the World at Inwood Public Library

SAVORING SUCCESS

An A. Phillip Randolph Student is Recognized by the NYC Department of Education

APR Teacher Dr. Miriam Cusack, Honors Anatomy Student Akmaral Ulanova and CAW Teaching Artist Beata Drozd in the Youth Gallery at the CAW 2016 Benefit

Akmaral Ulanova, a student at A. Philip Randolph Campus High School (APR), was one of several CAW students who came to the Youth Art Gallery to discuss her work. Earlier this spring, the NYC Department of Education recognized Akmaral's mixed-media collage, Hydration, which she created during a CAW Medical Illustration Lab, an arts-integration program offered in conjunction with the Honors Anatomy Class at APR. Akmaral's winning submission will be displayed in the office of longstanding CAW supporter Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.

 

Recreating an Iconic Mural 

Peace Place is an iconic CAW mural that towers five-stories over "Dream Street," a pocket park in East Harlem that served as an outdoor classroom for CAW programs for many years. We are thrilled to celebrate the history this mural represents. CAW Board Member Mosely Chaszar worked on Peace Place when he was a kid. Former Youth Employee and Teaching Artist Assistant Jessica Guzman remembers participating in programs in Dream Street Park.

Painted by nearly 80 kids in 1995, Peace Place depicts a harmonious society where all the cultures of the world work, play and go to school together; as such, it was the perfect choice for the collaborative art project at our Benefit. Students, sponsors, program partners and volunteers came together to create a scale reproduction of Peace Place. Proud Youth Employees in CAW tee shirts and adults in suits picked up a brush and a cup of paint and added their own splash of color to the wall.

Art Battle and Silent Auction

Live Art-makingDespite the name, the Art Battle was actually quite convivial. Three artists came to us through Con Artist, a collective dedicated to improving the lives of artists living in New York City.

We provided Lenore Cohen, Beryl Davies and Alison Evans with identical easels and blank canvases. Guests were able to engage with the artists as they painted their works. All the artists sold their work, and a portion of total proceeds will benefit CAW.  

Read the Online Version of our Journal

The 2016 Annual Benefit Journal commemorates our 30th anniversary with informative graphics about our impact over the years and testimonials from CAW alumni. There is also a tribute to our late co-founder, Brookie Maxwell.

The Journal also serves as our annual report throughout the year. Learn about our 2016 honorees, our generous sponsors, our mission, our impact and our program partners. Read or download a digital copy of the Journal HERE.

Special Thanks

We would like to thank all of those who helped make our event a success. 

Music was provided by the Juan Rodriguez Latin Jazz Project, featuring Juan Rodriguez on piano, Pete McCullough on upright bass, Ana Garcia on congas and Richard Polatchek on trumpet. 

Catering and bar service was provided Hillstone. Wine served during the main event was provided by Domaine Select Wine & Spirits. Floral arrangements were provided by Starbright Floral Design. EJ the DJ ran AV services.

Our impressive lucite awards were crafted by BlackWalnut. Earth Enterprise printed our gorgeous banners. Our beautiful Annual Benefit Journal was designed by Lippincott and printed by Digital Touch.  

We are indebted to the volunteers from STEAM at the New School.
Youth Employees LaughingIf you were one of our 450 guests who joined us on April 20th at the Atrium Shops and Cafes at East 153rd Street, we hope this newsletter brought a smile to your face. If you were one of our thousands of supporters who were unable to join us, we hope it gives you a taste of the what was a truly joyful and inspiring occasion for our very worthy cause.
IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO CONTRIBUTE!

We are Deeply Grateful to Our Sponsors 

Congratulations to Our Co-chairs... 

Many Thanks to Our Board of Directors...

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