chashama gala makes spectacular return

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After a COVID-enforced hiatus, the annual arts extravaganza hosted by chashama returned to Times Square last week.

Known for its outrageous interactive arts, the gala drew
various members of the real estate community, including Douglas Durst and
developer Martin Dunn.

All proceeds from the gala will go toward chashama’s Enliven
NYC initiative, founded in response to the pandemic. Enliven New York
revitalizes vacant storefronts by giving spaces to artists, non-profits, and
small businesses.

Since its founding in 1995, Chashama has secured studio and
presentation space for struggling artists by partnering with property owners around
the city to provide unused space. Over the past 26 years, chashama has
transformed unused space for 30,000 artists, hosted 4,000 public art events and
provided 1,500 free art classes in underserved communities –reaching audiences
of nearly one million.

Last Thursday night, it transformed the 36th floor of 151
West 42nd Street for the late-night gala which honored Martin Dunn, of Dunn
Development Corp., and James Fuentes, 
owner of James Fuentes Gallery on the Lower East Side.

“This year’s Chashama Gala surpassed our wildest dreams,” said founder Anita Durst. “The gala is really a celebration of the artists and entrepreneurs who make our city sparkle.”

Anita Durst with Andrew Ladeluca (Meridian Capital Group), Darren Perkell (Fidelity national Title), (ANITA) Eyal Yoash (NestSeekers International), Michael Sokolow (Sheridan Advisors) – photo by Thalia Arpi
Douglas Durst, left, and Stuart Lane of Broadway HD
Anita Durst with Martin Dunn

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