As recovery and reconstruction efforts continue in the Gulf Coast, those affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita are still in need of help. This week, the Office of Campus Life organized Change for Change, a fundraising effort to collect pocket change from SVA students, faculty, staff and visitors. The collection will extend into next week, and students will be raising additional funds with a concert in the Student Center, 217 East 23rd Street, on Friday, September 30, 7 – 9pm; admission is free with an SVA ID, and donations will be accepted at the door.
Further from campus, several SVA alumni and faculty members have organized their own efforts to help people affected by the hurricanes, including Masood Kamandy (BFA 2004 Photography), who sold limited-edition photographic prints on eBay to raise money for the American Red Cross; Matthew Richmond (faculty, MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department), who started Displaced Designer, a resource that aims to help designers in the Gulf Coast; Sandra Goldberg-Madsen (BFA 2004 Film and Video), who helped organize the NYC for NOLA NOW! benefit event on Thursday, September 8; Monika Abate (BFA 2005 Photography), who put together the five-mile Run for Hope, which will take place on Saturday, October 15; Kelynn Alder (MFA 1988 Illustration as Visual Essay), who raised money for the Hurricane Katrina Animal Rescue Fund by swimming across the Long Island Sound; and New Orleans resident John Costa (BFA 1986 Graphic Design), who helped in the most direct way he could, by staying in the city and lending a hand with clean-up and recovery efforts.