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Bard Students Sponsor Hurricane Relief Art Benefit

Dear Bardians,

Two months ago we ventured out to The Rockaways with a team of young artists, curators, documentarians and anthropologists. We witnessed the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy firsthand, and immediately committed ourselves to aiding its victims.

Hurricane Sandy will come to be the second or third most costly natural disaster in U.S. history. As you are well aware, many of our neighboring communities are suffering. We have seen unprecedented damage to our city’s infrastructure and the homes and businesses of our fellow New Yorkers. Entire communities were washed away and thousands were left homeless and without power. Such a disaster requires the support of those able and willing to help.

We are calling out for your support at our Hurricane Relief Art Benefit to take place at China Chalet on Saturday, February 16th.  Each member of our team works within the wide array of non-profit art organizations in New York City, giving us the essential experience to make this event a success. The one bright spot of Hurricane Sandy is that it presents an opportunity to build a cross-disciplinary network of solidarity. The art benefit will feature a range of donated works of various media from a host of emerging young artists, and will be in the form of a silent auction. We believe that tragedies can bring us closer together when we work to a common purpose.

All money raised will be donated directly to The Occupy Sandy Relief Effort. Your donation will be instrumental in either providing support to individuals in urgent need (Emergency Fund), reconstructing community infrastructure (Recovery Projects Fund), or facilitating the long-term, self-determined, rehabilitation of affected communities (Participatory Fund).  Further, Occupy Sandy has taken care to assure that the relief effort be as ecologically sustainable as possible.

If you would like to be recognized as patron of the China Chalet Art Benefit we urge you to donate to our cause or match the money we raise through art sales and entrance fees. To donate through PayPal visit our website with all the information about the show:

If you have any questions regarding the details of the benefit, or would simply like to share your thoughts, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]. Thank you for taking the time to consider our proposition. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you!

Warm wishes,

Lolita Cros, Shelby Jackson,

Sofia Geld, Rebeca Hunt