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Each year, the SING FOR HOPE GALA seeks to embody for our supporters the creativity and generosity that underscore our programs year-round.

One way that we do this is through VOLUNTEER ARTIST PERFORMANCES at our event. Another way is through the beautiful, upcycled decorations that adorn our TriBeCa Rooftop gala space – one-of-a-kind art pieces created by our program participants in collaboration with our Volunteer Artists.

A peony-inspired paper lighting creation by Sing for Hope Volunteer Artists Allison Patrick and Elizabeth Van Buren of Zipper8.

This year, our unique, eco-friendly gala decorations are the product of a collaborative Youth Arts workshop led by SFH Volunteer Artists Allison Patrick and Elizabeth Van Buren of ZIPPER8 LIGHTING. Allison and Elizabeth, friends since childhood and internationally acclaimed designers, have been Sing for Hope Volunteer Artists since 2013.

At their SFH Youth Arts workshop on recent sunny afternoon in midtown Manhattan, Allison and Elizabeth asked each student to design a pattern, a repeated motif, that would form the basis of each created piece. Armed with stacks of books full of patterns and textiles from around the world and throughout history, our students identified the sources of their inspiration, and set to work designing original patterns all their own. One student, Cary Robles, who dreams of being an engineer, was inspired to work on a geometric pattern showcasing her skills, while other students drew inspiration from circles and floral patterns.

Students worked with the SFH Gala colors, a range of pinks and purples. A focused intensity permeated the room while each student created a pattern in a variety of tones, shapes, and styles.

Once finished, the students’ patterns were used to form the basis of illuminated flowers inspired by hydrangea blooms. Made entirely from paper, each piece is informed by the geometry found in nature. And each piece is a testament to our ability to create arrestingly beautiful art from the simplest of recycled materials, if only given proper guidance and a safe space in which to create.

With Allison’s background in architecture and Elizabeth’s in theatrical costume design, the women like to say that they consider their work a melding of structure and drama. In Allison’s words, “We strive to re-think how we use materials. I hope that, after experiencing these works, people will look at the world a bit differently, as if the kaleidoscope has shifted ever so slightly, and they find a bit of inspiration.”

Students showcase their designs, which will be used as the basis for this year’s Sing for Hope Gala decorations, hand-crafted by Zipper8 Lighting.

“Working with young students, and being SFH Volunteer Artists,” Allison continues, “is crucial to us in our lives and careers as artists. It is so important for people to learn about and appreciate art, its history and its place in our and others’ cultures. SFH provides an opportunity for students to explore their creativity, and to challenge themselves, while learning about many different art forms. And as native New Yorkers, volunteering with SFH is the best way we can think of to engage with students in our city and make some art. Art For All!”

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Sing for Hope is a registered 501(c)(3)
charitable organization (EIN 01-0856384).


  • The International Foundation for Arts and Culture
    (Dr. Haruhisa Handa, Chairman, Sing for Hope Global Patron)
  • The Arnhold Foundation in loving memory of Sissy and Henry Arnhold
  • The Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation
  • The Anna-Maria & Stephen Kellen Foundation
  • Ann Ziff

Sing for Hope is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.


Unitex is a founding sponsor of Open Arts

Sing for Hope is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization (EIN 01-0856384). A copy of our most recently filed financial report is available from the Charities Registry on the New York State Attorney General’s website ( or, upon request, by contacting the New York State Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 28 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10005, or Sing for Hope at 99 Wall Street #1812, New York, NY 10005. You also may obtain information on charitable organizations from the New York State Office of the Attorney General at or (212) 416-8401.

Our mission is “art for all” – we actively engage those with special physical or intellectual needs. Both our office and our SFH Pianos Studio at 28 Liberty are ADA compliant, as are our partner sites.

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