Penny Arcade Hosts Virtual Benefit for Henry Street Settlement Pantry

Posted on: March 26th, 2021 at 8:26 am by

Photo: James Gavin

A year into the pandemic, the art world continues to team up with local organizations to lend a helping hand.

The ‘Arts for Living Show: Artist Feed The L.E.S.’ is a virtual fundraiser event to benefit the Henry Street Settlement Food Access Initiative, hosted by local artist and activist Penny Arcade.

It’ll feature new video commissions (filmed in and around the Lower East Side created by local residents) including Tripp Jones with Alejandro Hidalgo; Elroy Gay with Alicia Mersy; Annie Tan with Andy K. Boyce; Eugene Puglia with Alon Sicherman; Barbara King and Sandre Walker with Gogy Esparza; and Linda Diaz with Atish Saha.

“Arts spaces and arts workers are surprisingly quite well suited to food pantry work–something we realized as we pivoted from arts work to food distribution work in April 2020,” said Jon Harper, Arts Center director of operations and Henry Street director of emergency response food distribution. “And, if I’ve learned one key thing in this time, it’s the axiom of the only constant thing being change.”

The event kicks off today at 7pm, EST. Tickets are free and available here. Donations will be accepted online; 100 percent of proceeds will benefit Henry Street Settlement’s Food Access Initiative, which began in April 2020 with the launch of an emergency food pantry in partnership with Vision Urbana.

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