Crisp volunteers with CITYarts

Giving back and the power of community are extremely important to Crisp. Getting trapped in the hustle and bustle of everyday life is an easy thing to do. One of the most rewarding experiences is to take a step back and taking time to work and help in your community. This summer Crisp chose to give back by partnering with CITYarts to add to the restoration and recreation of the Alice in Wall Street Land mural.

After a quick subway ride downtown, Crisp arrived at the location of CITYarts mural on Chambers St. in TriBeCa. The Crisp team was greeted by Eliana Blechman, CITYarts Project Coordinator, and her team of high school students and artists. She gave the group an energetic welcome and explained the background of CITYarts’.

CITYarts is an organization that engages youth and professionals in the creation of public art. Through this creative process, CITYarts empowers, educates, and connects youth and children to become active participants in realizing the potential for their communities.

The Crisp team felt humbled to be a part of this transformation. To begin this process the team began scraping off old parts of the mural that have been damaged by sun, rain, and other natural elements using plastic scraper tools working alongside the art students from Stuyvesant High School.

After about an hour of preparation, it was time to paint! Eliana encouraged each member of the Crisp team to find a spot on the mural that they wanted to rejuvenate or a spot they wanted to add something of their own. Everyone distributed themselves across the block-long wall and bright-colored paint was poured. For the next few hours Crisp team members let the paint flow and helped bring the Alice on the Wall mural back to life!

It was amazing seeing the team, who contribute in so many different ways at Crisp, working together to help spruce up a vibrant part of the TriBeCa community.  I encourage other organizations to take a step back, to take that step forward in their community.

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