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culture

At The Culture Candy, we are a NYC-based Art Organization founded by two women artists of color. Our mission is to provide underrepresented artists, including minorities, women, LGBTQ+, and others, with exhibition and networking opportunities. Through pop-up events, gallery exhibitions, and public curations, we empower emerging creatives to challenge boundaries and embrace their uniqueness. We offer resources like community programs, coaching, and portfolio reviews to nurture their talents. Our goal is to enrich the cultural landscape, promote diversity, equity, and representation in the arts, and spark positive change through meaningful conversations. We believe in art's power to unite and inspire, and our vision is a future where diversity thrives, and the arts bring us all closer together.

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community

Our artists work together in support of one another and our mission to expand inclusivity in the art scene. In partnership, The Culture Candy has worked to expand the underground art scene network by sharing opportunities with other curation teams and presenting artists with opportunities within our network. In addition to a presence in the underground art scene, The Culture Candy has created opportunities in the art world for underrepresented artists.​ In support of minority youth, The Culture Candy partakes in many community outreach events and takes up charitable contribution to give back to urban neighborhoods. The Culture Candy has partnered with The Summer Youth Employment Program to teach young artists how to start their art careers, raised money for homeless New Yorkers, provided food donations to hungry New Yorkers and have partnered with The School Girl Foundation for community projects in support of minority youth in Harlem, New York.

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people

The Culture Candy is created for the people, by the people with a mission to preserve urban culture through artistic expression and branding. Our 'For the Culture' slogan is intended for our audience to express their 'why' in what motivates them to create in visual arts, music, fashion, etc. Some of our past pop-ups are themed with classic New York culture references such as 'The Bodega' to give additional perspectives to what is considered art in our everyday life and surroundings. Catering to all audiences, we also create opportunities for upscale showings to give artists from various socio-economic backgrounds the stage to be discovered.

behind the scenes

The Culture Candy is a woman and minority owned business, created with us in mind. We seek to diversify the art world by creating opportunities for people who are underrepresented, like ourselves. That's what makes our mission so personal to us, we take pride in our work, our artists work and our representation. Leaders in innovation, we work to create innovative ways to expand where art is seen and are fighting for the modern day visual artists to receive as much recognition as those in other creative industries.

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Ashley Miah

Artistically known as
Lee Lee La Cubana

Founder and CEO

ashley@theculturecandy.com

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Zalika Zeni

Founder and VP of Culture and Community Development

zalika@theculturecandy.com

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Tayler Hernandez

Founding Member and Director of Finance and Technical Design

tayler@theculturecandy.com

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Crystal Bissessar

Founding Member and Director of Art and Engagement

crystal@theculturecandy.com

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Danielle Rayson

Founding Member and Director of Global Development

danielle@theculturecandy.com

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