Photo Coverage: The Chashama Gala Honors Tony Bechara

Photo Coverage: The Chashama Gala Honors Tony Bechara

It was my honor to join the Chashama Board and host the Chashama Art Party this year. Chashama is known for their outrageous annual gala and art party, and this year was no disappointment. The Gala presented over 150 artists in an immersive labyrinth of installations and performances on June 7th. Highlights included, fire meets art showman, Flambeaux and his gorgeous wax covered troupe, melting and dripping burning candles onto each other and willing patrons, VR masked artists on Toto bidets with keyboards, performers moonlighting as sushi platters, stiletto heeled pole dancers, painters, acrobats, and Harlequin clowns with sparkle and confetti guns. It's a joyous celebration in Times Square; The Chashama Gala and Art Party is like New Year's Eve in June!

One of the best things about the Chashama art party is that is not a static exhibit; it is interactive and evolving in front of your eyes. Many of the installations encourage participation, so patrons are part of the creation. Its an opportunity to let your hair down, your creative juices flow and join hundreds of leaders from corporate, cultural, and philanthropic sectors who believe that art can change the world.

This year, the gala honored internationally-renowned multidisciplinary artist and patron of NYC's creative communities, Tony Bechara, and IVY: The Social University inspiring emerging leaders through engagement with arts and culture. Darcy Stacom, Chairman of NYC Capital Markets, CBRE was the benefit chair.

Chashama was founded in 1995 by Anita Durst to celebrate the legacy of theatre visionary Reza Abdoh. Chashama's initial focus was on the production and presentation of new theatre. Recognizing that a lack of affordable space was the biggest threat to sustaining a diverse cultural environment in New York City, so Chashama began to work toward securing studio and presentation space in Midtown Manhattan for struggling artists by partnering with Property Owners that provided access to unused space. The organization currently presents 150 events a year in all five boroughs, provides workspace for 120 artists, and has developed 80 workshops in under served communities.

Anita Durst, scion of the real estate empire, is an enterprising arts advocate, leveraging her family connections in real estate and banking to create her own legacy. Through Chashama, Durst has provided space to over 15,000 artists, hosting over 2,500 public art events, and reaching an audience of nearly half a million people in the past 23 years. Anita Durst is shepherding a parade of thousands of artists through New York City, and I can't wait to see where she leads us.

For more information on Chashama see: www.Chashama.org

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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Photo Coverage: The Chashama Gala Honors Tony Bechara
The Chashama Gala at 4 Times Square on June 7, 2018 in New York City.

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Leah Lane, Stewart F. Lane, Bonnie Comley and Chashama Founder Anita Durst

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Stewart F. Lane, Bonnie Comley and Chashama Founder Anita Durst

Photo Coverage: The Chashama Gala Honors Tony Bechara
Leah Lane, Stewart F. Lane, Bonnie Comley and Chashama Founder Anita Durst

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Honoree Tony Bechara and Chashama Founder Anita Durst

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Honoree Tony Bechara and Chashama Founder Anita Durst

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Leah Lane Leah Lane is currently studying Drama at NYU Tisch School of Arts. Leah has been honored to perform as part of the Children's Chorus at The Metropolitan Opera, with Dicapo Opera Theatre at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater, The Tilles Center, and Carnegie Hall among others. Leah originated the role of The Stoner in Carmen High at The 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has been a frequent performance artist at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center. When she is not performing, Leah is a writer. Her children's book, "This Never Happens in the City" was a successful fundraiser for The CDCH and she wrote the book for the musical "Moey's Fairy Tale Adventure" which played a sold out run at The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center in 2013.


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