AUGUST 23RD TO SEPTEMBER 29TH 2019 A1 Gallery, Siao-Long Cultural Park

Everything Has A Vortex

Italian artist, Michela Martello, and Japanese artist, Shigeru Oyatani, now New York creatives, inspired by their common study of Tibetan Buddhism, are recreating the Mandala of the Vajra Dance with an installation at the Siao-Long Cultural Park

Both artists express spiritual research in their art. The installation draws on local folk and contemporary culture with references to the native tribes of Taiwan, specific to Tainan area’s ritual activities.

A Mandala represents a symbolic way to link different traditions and cultures beyond barriers of time or education. This Mandala reflects on the idea of one’s inner balance in harmony with an external balance. Everything starts from a center, like a vortex that begins when the inner self is connected through the movement of body and mind.

The artists integrate the 5 elements of existence: fire, water, air, earth, and space with the mandala. Recreating the Mandala of the Vajra Dance will offer visitors the opportunity to participate in a dance called the Dance of the 6 Spaces. The artists will demonstrate the dance in which all participants can benefit without necessarily knowing or practicing Tibetan Buddhism. It is said that contact with this dance can open the path to samsaric liberation.

Bridging Communities Through Socially Engaged Art Book Launch Party

July 25th 6:00-8:00 PM THE DEDALUS FOUNDATION 25 E 21st Street, Floor 4

Bridging Communities Through Socially Engaged Art Book Launch Party

The Dedalus Foundation hosted a conversation and reception for Bridging Communities Through Socially Engaged Art. Edited by Alice Wexler, SUNY New Paltz and Vida Sabbaghi, COPE NYC the book offers fresh and innovative approaches to the arts in education and society.

Promoting the expansion of art in society and education, this book highlights the significance of the arts as an instrument of social justice, inclusion, equity, and protection of the environment. Including twenty-seven diverse case studies of socially engaged art practice with groups like the Black Lives Matter movement, the LGBTQ community, and Rikers Island, this book guides art educators toward innovative, transdisciplinary, and diverse methodologies. A valuable resource on creating spaces for change, it addresses the relationships between artists and educators, museums and communities.

Opening with an interactive performance by artist Chin Chih Yang, the evening will provide an opportunity to come together and discuss issues about the relationships between artists, educators, museums, and their communities in relation to social justice, equity, and protection of the environment.

Photo Courtesy of Erika Fujyama and COPE NYC.



Sustainability & Technology Take Center Stage at Fashion Week Brooklyn this Season Fashion Week Brooklyn Proves That Sustainability is Sexy in FW 2019 Collections

COPE NYC is delighted to host and co-organize Fashion Week Brooklyn, April 10–13. Sustainability & Technology will take center stage. 

New York’s hippest borough shines again as it does each season with a new version of Fashion Week Brooklyn titled, The Cycle of Design, which pays homage to sustainability in fashion, innovation, and entrepreneurship. COPE NYC is a partner for the Tech and Sustainability panel discussion, a stand-alone event on April 8 at Hudson Yards.

The focus on Sustainability has become ever more important in light of the conversation the global community is having about a Green New Deal. We must think more deeply about where our clothes have come from. Rick Davy, founder of Fashion Week Brooklyn said SAP, a multinational corporation that bridges the gap between customers, employees and brands in a new frontier in tech, is hosting the Tech & Sustainability panel discussion, curated by GFX at The Hudson Yards.

The renewed energy and focus has brought forward the attention of people like Mr. Patrick Duffy — former Vogue model now turned pioneer and champion for sustainability in fashion, as well as American media companies such as NowThis that primarily distributes video news content to mobile devices and social platforms, especially Snapchat.

The Brooklyn Public Library will host a panel discussion on retail and eCommerce. Key among other partnerships for showcasing young talent, and for raising awareness about sexual assault, specific to Denim Day NYC, are location host and co-organizer COPE NYC, Lytehouse Studio,  Levy NY, the Brooklyn Nets and The Muse Brooklyn.  

The season will close out with a celebration on April 14th to save The Muse Brooklyn, and the 10th Anniversary of designers and influencer Stevie Boi, theme of the closing event is “Projext Culture”, creating an experience in music, dance, artist performance, aerialist, and carnival dancers, with event headliner artist Booka Banks and other international artists and acts to follow suit.


A full lineup of the FW2019 events is included in the link available here:

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Event Schedule FW2019 Collections


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KOllision Fashion Show 2019 Presented by COPE NYC and Minika Ko

March 9th, 4:30PM - 8:00PM at 630 Flushing Avenue 3rd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11206

COPE NYC and Minika Ko

KOllision: Fashion, Art, and Technology Collide

Brooklyn, NY - On Saturday, March 9th, COPE NYC and Minika Ko will present the collaborative fashion show, KOllision, in celebration of the International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. KOllision seeks to challenge preconceptions and explore ideas. Artists of all mediums will envision the female power of the future using Minika Ko’s ready-to-wear collection as a canvas. Their wearable works of art will be featured on the runway, and will also be available for charity auction. This event’s fundraising goal is to support model and activist, Mari Malek’s Stand for Education’s campaign #nopadnoschool. Malek hopes to supply 1000 girls in South Sudan with a year’s worth of menstrual hygiene and feminine products. The fundraiser will also support COPE NYC’s outreach program which will extend to designing family rooms for Little Flower Children and Family Services of NY.

The event-packed pre-show party kicks off at 4:30 pm. Come sip wine, mingle, and enjoy live music. Meet model and philanthropist, Mari Malek of Stand For Education at the HerStory talk. Enjoy COPE NYC’s Obsessive Sea art exhibition. Check out the pop-up shop for KOVASKY: the New York City based high performance fashion wear for the power woman on the go.

Featuring Artists

81Neutronz | A-Natural | Aislinn Foley | Amanda Sommers | Anu Sieunarine | Ashley Liu | Aubrey Roemer | Ben Cockerham | Brooklyn Buzzy | Caitlin Caliendo | Cass Jones | Chandelle Heffner | Danielle Eden | Erika Fujyama | Habiba Trisa | Jace Kaufman | Jacob Baron | Joseph Loli | Josephine Barreiro | Kanika Tibrewal | Lady K Fever | Lauryn McCrimon | Lawrence Gabriel Castillo | Leah Osann | Lesley Wamsley | Lindsey Miller | Lysem Kilen | Mary Tooley Parker | Melita Osheowitz | Miri Orenstein | Natie | Nina Edwards | Philippe Numa Jr. | Rania Cornelia & Maddy Blumen | Renee Phillips | Sadaf Padder | Sui Park | Sumo Bunni | Tanu Vasu | Thunderlily | Tzuting Tsai | Vanessa Sun | Yen Yen Chou

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