The unfortunate timing of Superstorm Sandy cancelled the NYC Arts Cypher majority fundraiser The Halloween Haunted House. The revenue from The Haunted House was the major source of funding for this youth leadership organization. These funds were desperately needed to keep the organization running. Currently the NYC Arts Cypher has numerous initiatives underway on Staten Island, including "DON'T BE A BULLY" program, Mural Program, World-Class break dance crew and various arts and entertainment programs. These programs must be funded to remain available to the Staten Island Community.
The “I Heart NYC Arts Cypher” fundraiser will take place February 15th 2013 at 6pm 12 Broad St Staten Island NY 10304. Entry is a suggested donation and food, drink and valet parking are included. The “I heart NYC Arts Cypher” fundraiser will honor Staten Island Community leaders for their leadership through the Superstorm Sandy Crisis and beyond. The honorees include Staten Island Senator Diane Savino, Chris Williams, Erik Anderson, Mr. Tariq Zaid, Sal Criscuolo and Ryan Walsh.
The event will showcase NYC Arts Cypher member's talents in Dance, Digital Media, and Visual Arts and media painters will create Post-Sandy inspired original canvas works. Proceeds from the art auctions will benefit Staten Island Families in need through the Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation. According to Charlie Balducci; the president of NYC Arts Cypher, this event is an opportunity to welcome the Staten Island community into the working studio and re-introduce how NYC Arts Cypher works with local youth in the NYC community. Over 20 emerging local artists will cover the studio walls with their talented artwork. More information can be found on their web site http://nycartscypher.com