AUGUST 8TH, 2020 | CREATOR & PRODUCER
NYUnited was a student-led virtual variety show that empowered more than 300 artists from all over the world to make a positive impact on the NYU community through philanthropy, inclusivity, and creativity by raising money for the NYU Student Emergency Relief Fund.
Zac Geinzer and I created NYUnited in 2020 due to the demand for a space where student artists could collaborate with others and showcase their talents safely amid the COVID-19 safety restrictions. We assembled a team, called for auditions, and had consultations with selected artists to design their segments. Our goal was to help students create a piece they could feature in their portfolios and to build their resumes alongside creating an entertaining experience for audiences. With this goal, we also greatly valued inclusivity. With a $0 budget, we worked with artists and the supplies they had in their homes (cameras, clothing, furniture, etc.) to produce polished pieces. Additionally, we often advocated for interdisciplinary segments so that artists could connect with individuals they would not have the opportunity to meet otherwise.
As a team, we recognized we were producing during a troubling time for students, which made us want to find a way to use NYUnited as an opportunity to support our peers. So, we chose to make the show a fundraiser for the NYU Student Emergency Relief Fund. Providing support to NYU students who are facing new and unexpected financial hardships because of COVID-19, the NYU Student Emergency Relief Fund helps students with unexpected costs related to academic supplies, internet access, technology expenses, and other expenses due to the inaccessibility of university facilities and services. For the cause, we raised over $6,000.