HOK Volunteers for AFHny’s Second Annual Day of Impact in New York
As part of the HOK 24 / SIXTY community service initiative, HOK’s New York office participated in AFHny’s second annual Day of Impact and volunteered with two local nonprofits.
AFHny’s Day of Impact brings architects and design professionals together with nonprofits for painting, planting and rebuilding projects that improve neighborhoods. HOK’s New York office participated in two events for this year’s Day of Impact.
CITYarts is a nonprofit that connects youth and artists for the creation of public art. In 2005, CITYarts led a team of 1,000 volunteers in the installation of a 213-foot-long mosaic in Harlem, New York. Created based on drawings by children around the world, the “Peace Wall” mosaic attempts to build bridges of cultural understanding and to encourage young people to engage in shaping their future. In 2015, HOK volunteers supported CITYarts’ restoration of the Peace Wall by installing replacement tiles and grouting cracks.
Other HOK volunteers joined New York Restoration Project to refurbish Riley-Levin Children’s Garden, located in Swindler Cove at Sherman Creek Park in Inwood, N.Y. Formerly an illegal dumping site, Sherman Creek Park now encompasses five reclaimed acres along the beautiful Harlem River.
The team helped renew the garden and spruce up the fencing around Jonathan’s Pond with a fresh coat of paint.
The new HOK 24 / SIXTY report illustrates the firm’s commitment to making a difference. View it on Issuu.