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Art Is Helping

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Art Is Helping

After receiving almost two letters a day from non-profits searching for donations, photographer Salem Krieger got frustrated with his inability to help all of the charities he wished to; that’s when Art is Helping was born. Launched just a couple weeks before Christmas, the organization hopes to improve the way that artists and charitable organizations interact by providing art in exchange for donations.

 

The idea is simple, but has the potential to cause a lot of good; you search the site for some artwork that you like, pay for it, and select the charity you wish for the proceeds to benefit. The site’s mission statement says it all: “Art Is Helping brings artists and charitable organizations together. Supporting both non-profit organizations and the artists, buyers can purchase works of art while donating to charities of their choice.”

 

In order to build the site, Krieger had to reach out to people he thought would be able to help him build it from the ground up. When he spoke to Alan Dorow of Site Welder, the response was fantastic; Dorow would donate his time and resources to build and host the site for free, as his contribution to the website. Although all of this was falling into place rather perfectly, Krieger hit a bit of a hiccup when trying to legitimize the site’s ability to provide tax breaks from the donations to the site’s customers; That’s when Susan Brandt and Rational Animal joined the mix.

Rational Animal is a charitable cause that “produces advocacy campaigns and community events to increase awareness and encourage support for animals in need.” Already established as a 501(c)(3), Rational Animal became the liaison for payments in order to provide tax exemptions for anyone who made an art purchase through the Art is Helping Site, not only helping Krieger’s mission, but creating a solid partnership between the two organizations.

 

It was also Krieger’s goal to provide the customer with only the best quality prints of the work they purchased, so he utilized his relationship with Duggal’s Jerry Ibaran to secure Duggal as the production partner for his site. “I was looking for a large printing facility who could provide full-end printing, packing, and shipping for a good price.” Sure enough, Duggal was the place.

Now that he had his website, his partnership with Rational Animal, and a facility to produce the artwork, Krieger was ready to open up shop. He collected a list of 20 photographers who would put their work on the site and began making some progress; he’s already sold a print before the Holiday, earning Meals on Wheels a $400 donation.

 

Each month, the site features a new artist, as well as a new featured organization, and will continue to add new artists any time that someone wishes to add work to the cause. However, there’s a couple stipulations here: “I’ve had a couple people come to me saying they want to join the cause and sell some of their work” Krieger noted. “But if your work is tied to a gallery, this cause is not for you.” Usually gallery work has a percentage attached to that gallery, and that would throw more than a couple wrenches in the charities receiving the percentage Krieger would like. If you’d like to sell edition work, once again Krieger comments that the site is “not for you.” Any work displayed on the site can be purchased ad infinitum.

Overall, the idea is brilliant, and the plan is to make a difference in the way that the art world and charitable causes partner with one another. He recently informed me of his partnership with Xerox, who will be using their iGen 5 printer in combination with a Bourg BB3202 Perfect Binder to create photo books of the work on the site. The books will cost a flat fee with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the Featured Organization each month.

For more information, visit the site here.

Watch: Make-A-Wish Metro New York Takes 11,000th ‘Wish Kid’ to NFL HQ

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Watch: Make-A-Wish Metro New York Takes 11,000th ‘Wish Kid’ to NFL HQ

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has been touching the lives of children battling life-threatening illnesses by making their dreams come true. In 2016, the Make-A-Wish Metro New York chapter and the National Football League–a key Make-A-Wish partner since the start–celebrated a milestone 11,000th wish granted.

Watch as Duggal follows NYC wish kid Charlie Eden on an inside access tour of the NFL headquarters in Manhattan. From rings to trophies to meetings with commissioner Roger Goodell and Super Bowl champion Roman Oben, it was an inspiring day that we will hold as close to our hearts as Charlie will.

Duggal Supports Heart Gallery NYC, Helping LGBTQ Foster Kids Find “Forever Families”

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Duggal Supports Heart Gallery NYC, Helping LGBTQ Foster Kids Find “Forever Families”

Children in foster care share common goals, to find ‘forever’ families and live in a loving and stable home environment. In an effort to help them realize their dreams, 10 LGBTQ youth will be featured in the Heart Gallery NYC’s 2016 PRIDE Photo Exhibition during National Pride Month. The exhibit features the children’s portraits by award-winning photographers to kick off PRIDE season.

 

Duggal has been a proud supporter of the Heart Gallery since 2010. We are honored each year to produce the larger than life images of LGBTQ and other foster youth awaiting adoption, that highlight the traveling PRIDE photo exhibit.

 

Check back with us at Duggal Connect for more details.

 

For more information please contact info@heartgallerynyc.org

Robin Hood’s Night for NYC Shines Light on Poverty

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Robin Hood’s Night for NYC Shines Light on Poverty

Last month, the Robin Hood Foundation held a citywide event they named the “Night For NYC.” An interactive experience took place across the city, ranging from Yankees Stadium to the Javits Center, Terminal 5 to Irving Plaza. The multifaceted event was aimed at raising money and awareness for poverty, and its impact on New York City. The event ended up raising more than $61.2 million to fight poverty in just one night, raising the foundations total efforts to $2.5 Billion since the organization’s inception.

The center of the event took place at the Jacob Javits Center, where Grammy-winning R&B Artist Usher performed for over 4,000 attendees. This event launched Robin Hood’s new early childhood learning initiative:

“For the first time, research has provided a vivid window into the rapid growth of a child’s brain during their earliest years and the damaging effects of under-stimulation or the extreme stresses of poverty. Gaps begin to appear as early as three years old and statistics show the further behind poor children fall, the more likely they are to suffer in the long term. In New York City, over 150,000 children under five live in poverty.”

The rest of the night included more performances, including two massive concerts at Irving Plaza (where Citizen Cope and the Tangiers Blues Band performed) and Terminal 5 (with Joey Bada$$, Mark Ronson, and Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals), a Yankees game, and a “swinging after-party at Vandal.” The interactive aspect of the night was implemented with “overarching scenic design and a multi-camera ‘portal’ concept that allowed guests to observe and interact with guests at parallel events.”

Duggal Visual Solutions was excited to work with Good Sense & Co. for the event, helping to print and fabricate multiple pieces for their Night For NYC.  Not only providing a number of graphics to be displayed at their events, Duggal also helped produce massive green arrows representative of the character who has influenced the Robin Hood Foundation. These props and pieces of scenery helped bring the night together and kept the thematic portions consistent across the night’s venues.  

The Robin Hood Foundation continues to spread information and raise awareness for the massive issue of poverty in New York City, if you’d like to get involved, or learn more information about the foundation, please visit www.robinhood.org.

For more information on the Night For NYC and a recap of each venue’s events, visit www.night4nyc.org.

Eight Years Posthumous, “Ruth’s Dream” Comes True

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Eight Years Posthumous, “Ruth’s Dream” Comes True

In 2008, after artist Ruth Litoff tragically took her own life in her Manhattan apartment at age 42, Hope Litoff vowed to explore her sister’s creative brilliance and complete Ruth’s final project.

Eight years later, Ruth’s Dream adorns NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue with magnificent floral beauty, just as Ruth had envisioned for the hospital where she had received such care and compassion through her tribulations.

 

Ruth’s Dream, in Ruth’s Words

“The intention of this show is to create a sanctuary of flowers and light in an inspiring environment for the people of this city; to provide a respite from the noise and speed of the streets, a moment to stroll in a garden of luminosity, and an opportunity to slow down and experience vitality, peace and joy. This sunlit and healing space at Bellevue Hospital is the perfect greenhouse for my flowers.

 The flowers in this series were photographed on the streets of Manhattan growing wild and unattended. Sizzling reds, oranges, deep violets, indigos, and pink daisies drawing New Yorkers and visitors into a magical new world. I feel it’s essential for my art to be accessible to everyone just as the subjects were in nature.”

A Bittersweet Goodbye to an Amazing Person

Ruth was not only a client of Duggal Visual Solutions’, but also a dear friend to our founder, the late Baldev Duggal, along with many other Duggal employees.

Collaborating closely with Hope and independent producer Beth Levison to produce the original framed pieces and large LED illuminated graphics for Ruth’s Dream was an emotional process. It reminded our entire team of the profound impact that visual art can have on a life, a family, a community, and an audience. Deeply moved by the experience, we encourage everyone to visit the exhibition and follow the production of Hope’s feature-length documentary, Rules to Live By.

Ruth’s Dream
NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
462 First Avenue
Main Hospital Building
South Lobby
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily (including weekends)
June 24 – September 6, 2016

The Power of Art to Heal: Bringing Inspiration to NYC’s VA Medical Center

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The Power of Art to Heal: Bringing Inspiration to NYC’s VA Medical Center

Located on 1st Avenue at East 23rd Street in the heart of New York City’s health care community, the Manhattan campus of VA New York Harbor Healthcare serves veterans living across the five boroughs. Duggal Visual Solutions is an ongoing partner in helping the VA Medical Center New York uplift patients’ spirits with vivid imagery promoting veterans’ wellness.

Led by Duggal Big Picture Foundation members, Marc Lovci, Jerid O’Connell, Heather Griffin and Olivia Frame, the Duggal team set out to beautify the site’s walls and interiors. We first sourced various images for the hospital’s staff to choose from, and then produced the selections on wide format, eco-friendly wallpaper donated by Neenah Paper. The final pieces are installed in two of the center’s psychiatric rooms.

Next, Duggal plans to reimagine roughly a dozen rooms throughout the hospital as fundraising allows. Our very own Omar Columbus, a veteran who now works with Duggal as a visual consultant, is also contributing his time to help bring added inspiration and expertise to the project.

To learn more about the Duggal Big Picture Foundation, visit www.duggalbigpicture.com.