Annual BENEFIT 2013

CITYarts Benefit


April 29, 2013  — CITYarts celebrated 45 years of empowering youth to transform their communities and their lives through the creation of Public Art.

CITYarts marked its 45th Anniversary by celebrating “The Marriage of Art and Science to Inspire Leaders of the Next Generation” and honoring three individuals who are truly making a difference through the arts:

Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation

A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Humanities Medal, and countless other awards, honors, and fellowships, Vartan Gregorian exemplifies a life dedicated to the enrichment of society. As President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, he guides one of America’s largest and most influential grant making foundations in promoting international peace and the advancement of education and knowledge.

Paula Scher, Principal, Pentagram

As an artist, designer, and art educator, Paula Scher possesses an unrelenting inventiveness and creativity that has set new standards for design. She became Pentagram’s first female principal in 1991 and works to transform schools into inspiring spaces to grow and learn. She has shaped everything from private brands to public spaces.

Leland Melvin, Associate Administrator, NASA

As an accomplished engineer, educator, former astronaut, and former NFL player, Leland Melvin understands the necessity of engaging today’s youth in activities that foster a sense of ownership over their communities. He has served as Associate Administrator for NASA Education since 2010.

These three outstanding professionals will be honored with CITYarts’ Artistic Brick Award in recognition of their accomplishments, inspiring careers, and dedication to the enrichment of society.


“I strongly believe that Art and Science are the foundation for education and imagination. This year CITYarts celebrates our new initiative to integrate science education into our public art projects through our work with NASA in public schools”, states Tsipi Ben-Haim, Executive and Creative Director, CITYarts.

CITYarts brings young people and professional artists together to create Public Art. Through this creative process, CITYarts empowers youth and connects children locally and around the world to become active participants in transforming communities. This spring and summer, CITYarts will work on three mural projects in Manhattan in the Upper West Side, Lower East Side and Tribeca; as well as create its 5th global Peace Wall in Berlin with European youth.


Many world-renowned artists who have supported CITYarts in the past participated in the event’s art auction, including Christo, Vitaly Komar, Zigi Ben-Haim, William Wegman, Chris Gianakos, Vik Muniz and Daniel Libeskind, among others.

This year, funds raised through the event will support CITYarts’ on-going efforts to Make A Difference Through the Arts. Since 1968, contributions to CITYarts have enabled us to work with over 100,000 kids in New York and over 5,000 kids internationally, collaborate with over 500 artists, partner with over 1,500 sponsors, and engage over 500,000 volunteers in the creative process. CITYarts has revitalized and transformed the neighborhoods of New York City and internationally through more than 280 public art projects, including murals, mosaic, and sculptures. “I strongly believe that when kids create, they do not destroy.” Tsipi Ben-Haim