On Thursday, November 30th, fashion designer Michelle Smith of MILLY, jewelry designer Dana Bronfman, and artist Sarah Meyohas hosted a holiday shopping event to support Publicolor at MILLY’s store at 158 Mercer Street. Publicolor students painted an installation before the event with Michelle Smith and Sarah Meyohas, who designed the mural.
Guests shopped MILLY’s exclusive ready-to-wear, new arrivals and minis, while they browsed fine jewelry by Dana Bronfman and art by Sarah Meyohas. Guests enjoyed cocktails and refreshments while while DJ Louie XIV spun some tunes. Proceeds from the event went to Publicolor’s programs.
MILLY is proud of its longstanding relationship with Publicolor. Bringing together bold color and design to positively impact public education and New York’s neediest communities is the perfect fit for their company and employees. Helping their next generation build its future and leveling the playing field for all are core MILLY values.
Publicolor Board Member and MILLY’s Co-Founder, Andy Oshrin said, “Most recently, we hosted a Store event where Publicolor students collaborated with artist Sarah Meyohas and Milly creative director, Michelle Smith, to symbolically paint a wall of our Soho Boutique. We were thrilled to donate 40% of the event’s proceeds.”
Publicolor empowers struggling public school students to prepare for success in college, career, and life. The work of Publicolor begins with the simple act of picking up a paintbrush, as students add vibrant colors to the walls of their own struggling schools, helping transform drab, institutional spaces into stimulating and welcoming learning environments. The at-risk students who continue in Publicolor’s long-term design-based programs keep participating in weekly academic tutoring sessions, as well as weekly community service projects, college preparation workshops and career readiness workshops through high school. They work alongside volunteers, parents, and teachers and Publicolor staff to make positive changes in their lives and in their neighborhoods. And despite Publicolor’s focus on high-risk students, the organization continues to achieve great success. Last year, 98% of Publicolor students graduated high school on time, verses 64% citywide. 100% of high school graduates went on to college verses 46% of low-income peers nationwide. 84% of Publicolor students graduated college-ready, not requiring remedial classes in their first year, vs. 34% of their peers. And 100% of Publicolor students are offered a college scholarship.
Photo Credit Publicolor Color