Since Mayor Bloomberg’s 2006 proclamation, every fall we celebrate Publicolor Day. Publicolor Day recognizes the Publicolor organization and their volunteers that prove that something as simple as color and design can make a deep and positive impact on struggling communities. Publicolor engages high-risk students, ages 12-21, in their education by offering a range of design-based programs and academic support. They are dedicated to revitalizing public and civic spaces by beautifying them with paint. Every Publicolor Day, the organization selects NYC public spaces to transform and East Harlem was fortunate enough to be home of one of the space’s chosen for this year’s Publicolor Day.
The Lehman Community Center in East Harlem got a much needed color lift thanks to all of Publicolor’s staff, volunteers and students, along with Melissa, Assemblyman Robert J. Rodriguez, NYCHA Chairman John Rhea, NYCHA residents, community activists, and union professionals from Laborers’ Local 79, 100 Black Construction Workers, Nontraditional Employment for Women and District Council 9 International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. We feel extremely fortunate to have been able to participate in such a positive and colorful day. To find out more about Publicolor and ways you can get involved, please visit their website.