N.Y. Scene May 2011: Popped – A Hetrick Martin Benefit, Out Professionals: Prime Launch and Fire Island

N.Y. Scene is a monthly column that chronicles events of interest for lesbian and bi women in New York. Grace Chu has come out of lesbian scene retirement to navigate the vast and ever-evolving New York City scene, so you don’t have to.

Popped: A Charity Art Party for the Hetrick-Martin Institute – 5.19.11 @ District 36

I’ll go to anything that benefits the Hetrick-Martin Institute. It is the oldest and largest organization serving LGBT youth; HMI is, as Bill and Ted would say, most excellent. On May 19th, Popped, a charity art party was held at District 36 nightclub in Manhattan, which included a silent auction of artwork donated from local artists and the kids at Hetrick-Martin. Local dance troupe Deca Dance entertained the crowd, and a mural by local superstar street artist R. Nicholas Kuszyk was also unveiled. 100% of all proceeds went to benefit HMI.

Jen Perlmutter, an artist representative for Greenhouse Reps, came up with the idea of Popped a year and a half ago. She teamed up with events promoter Bridget Hauserman, the two approached HMI and the rest was history. About why she decided to produce the event, Perlmutter said, “All this bullying was going on and I wanted to do something to support the community. I came up with the idea to do an interactive art event with the underlying thought that art is a valuable means of expression and that these kids in the LGBTQ community have the right to express themselves in an authentic way.” 

Photos from the event are below.


DJ Sam Deka doing sound check before the event


L to R: HMI Manager, Special Events Cory Crayn and event co-chair Jen Perlmutter

Darra Gordon, Associate Executive Director, Development at HMI

A good time was had by all, and with a bottle of vodka doubling as a microphone in the mix, the times can only get better. See. It gets better, people.

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