Honoring Those Who Inspire
The Younger Generation
RTIST Will Barnet turned
101 years of age on May 25, 2012, and that week he got into his
wheelchair and went to CITYarts 44th anniversary
dinner at the Allianz Building in Manhattan. He was pleased to
celebrate his own milestone along with the first decade of the
CITYarts Young Minds Build Bridges program.
Tsipi Ben-Haim, executive and
creative director, initiated Young Minds Build Bridges to afford
opportunities for young people around the globe to communicate
and interact. She helped construct three mosaic Peace Walls, the
first in Harlem, N.Y., the second in Karachi, Pakistan, the
third in Jaffa, Israel, and the fourth in London. Plans call for
similar projects in Berlin, Brazil and Singapore.
"I strongly believe when kids create
they do not destroy," Tsipi said.
Tsipi presented the unique Brick
Awards to five individuals "who inspire the younger generation
to walk in their steps."
The honorees were Will Barnet,
artist and printmaker; Alberta Arthurs, arts advisor;
David Finn, chairman of Ruder Finn public relations; Bill
Baker, president emeritus of Channel 13; and Irwin Jaeger,
co-founder of Inner-City Arts, which helps 100,000 kids in Los
Angeles enhance their life through art.
"The one-of-a-kind Brick Awards were
created by their favorite artists," Tsipi said. "These murals
come to symbolize how we work within the community going brick
by brick to transform neighborhoods."
"This is a big day for me," Baker
said. "This award was designed by my granddaughter, Chloe
Will Barnet, whom The New York
Times called a visionary artist, died on November 13, 2012,
at his home at the National Arts Club in Gramercy Park in