rise in the city: an art event like no other

rise in the city is a fundraising event dedicated to inspirational local entrepreneurs in Africa. Dedicating themselves to solving their community’s poverty problems, they too often do not have access to the funding and skills they need to succeed. By linking them to these fundamental resources, rise in the city will let these local entrepreneurs fulfil their potential and furthermore help sustainable social enterprises become the norm.

About the event

rise in the city is a unique art event, featuring a competition, exhibit and auction.

500 influencers in design and construction will come together to discover how architecture, combined with social enterprise, can solve poverty problems in Africa.

The event will take place October 25 at Angel Orensaz Foundation, NYC.

rise in the city is brought to you by rise – BOND’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program.


How it works

Leading artists, designers and architects will create a work of art representing one of 100 blocks of NYC.

rise in the city will give you the opportunity to view all the incredible artworks and, most of all, the chance to own one for yourself through an exciting auction.

100% of proceeds will go directly to the first rise project.

A high profile jury will shortlist the 10 best pieces and the overall winner will be announced on the night.

100 companies also have the opportunity to get involved by sponsoring one of the NYC blocks.

Who you help

The first rise project will provide new accommodation, study and service facilities for the children at a very overcrowded orphanage in Lesotho, Southern Africa.

Industry experts will provide training and mentoring. As a result, the orphanage will become more self-sustaining by launching income-generating activities.

The project will follow the in loco “hands-on, bottom-up” approach. True to the rise ethos, the local community will be instrumental through this process.



Get involved

Find out more about creating a work of art, or sponsoring one of the blocks of NYC at www.riseinthecity.com.