Publicolor Founder Ruth Lande Shuman hosted an intimate cocktail reception at her home to celebrate groundbreaking composer Philip Glass and Chris Ward (AECOM VP and CEO, Metro New York, and former Executive Director of Port Authority of New York and New Jersey). The two will be honored at Publicolor’s upcoming April gala, “Stir Splatter + Roll”.


While working from the Port Authority, Ward instrumentally secured Publicolor’s 2002 community revitalization project, The Painted Promenade. Students in the Publicolor program, from high schools across the City, painted a bridge on West 39th Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues in sunshine yellow and turquoise blue. Sixteen years later, the colorfully painted walls have become a fixture in Hell’s Kitchen (and the backdrop to the famed Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market). This project was made possible thanks to Ward’s tireless support.


Publicolor’s annual Spring benefit “Stir, Splatter + Roll” will be held on April 23, 2018 at the Metropolitan Pavilion at 6PM. For ticket and table information, please contact Liz Bickley at 212.213.6121 or [email protected] or visit Publicolor’s website to purchase tickets.


Publicolor fights poverty by aggressively addressing the alarming dropout rate and low levels of educational attainment and youth employment in New York City. They do this by engaging high-risk students, ages 12-24, in a long-term continuum of intensive, multi-day, design-based programs to encourage academic achievement, community service, college preparation and job readiness. Their unique applied learning approach uses design and design thinking as vehicles to engage, stimulate and inspire at-risk, low-performing students in our city’s struggling middle and high schools, empowering them to achieve success in school, college, career and life.








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