The L.I.S.A. Project NYC a 501c3 public arts charity, was founded in 2012 on Mulberry Street in Little Italy by Wayne Rada, and is under his creative direction. Thier mission is to bring a diverse group of artists and art based events back downtown. They have placed murals near public schools, parks, community centers, homeless shelters, culturally relevant and historic locations.
The murals and free events encourage local New Yorkers from all walks of life, art fans and tourists alike to visit this vibrant part of the city. To view, experience and photograph the art to share with millions of online viewers. Receiving both national and international acclaim, with coverage, in Huffington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. The L.I.S.A. Project NYC has proven itself to be a leader in cultural contributions to the communities that make up Lower Manhattan. For more, visit lisaprojectnyc.org.
The Five Points Festival, a designer toy and comic convention, debuting this weekend Saturday May 20th – Sunday May 21st, is teaming up with The L.I.S.A. Project NYC and renowned character designer and freelance artist kaNO to transform a Lower East Side building with a striking 40 foot tall mural, in honor of the Festival and the creative spirit it celebrates. Witness kaNO in action as he races to complete the original mural in partnership with Five Points Festival and The L.I.S.A. Project NYC, an organization that works with artists to establish new mural art districts all over New York City.
The mural is located at 79 Rivington St NY, NY 10002 South-East corner of Rivington St & Allen St.
Brainchild of Miranda O’Brien, Co-founder of Clutter Magazine and Josh Kimberg, Co-founder of Clutter Magazine The Five Points Festival is a collision of toys, comics, and counterculture curated by Clutter Magazine (cluttermagazine.com). A designer toy and comic convention in New York’s Lower East Side, Five Points is two days and nights of comic artists and writers, vinyl and plastic toys, original art, resin, plush, blind boxes, graphic novels, indie comics, blanks, minis, kaiju, Japanese vinyl, posters, prints, apparel, food trucks, and craft breweries – capped off by the 2017 Designer Toy Awards. The antidote to the average con, Five Points brings together tastemakers, misfits, and rebels with the new, retro, and infamous in a one-of-a-kind marketplace. I’ll be there and if you live in the NYC Tri-State area, you should too!
Featured artist kaNO was born and raised in NYC. kANO discovered art at a very early age. The graffiti on the walls and the cartoons on the TV, set the tone for a creative childhood. In true city kid fashion, kaNO graduated from the
High School of Art & Design and went on to obtain a BFA in Animation at the School of Visual Arts in 1999. From the silver screen to galleries and even on to toy shelves across the world, kaNO’s style is distinctly recognizable as his own. As his creative pursuits expand so does his ever-growing list of clients and exhibitions. In 2010, kaNO moved out to Los Angeles with his family, where he freelances as a character designer for such studios as Warner Bros, Cartoon Network, and Hasbro. When he’s not making cartoons, you can find him working on paintings, commissions and designing product for his brand ‘kaNO kid’ at his art studio in Burbank, CA. For more, visit kanokid.com.
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art credit – kANO / Five Points Festival