The non-profit organization Sing for hope was founded in 2006 by internationally acclaimed sopranos Camille Zamora and Monica Yunus and since then it continues to display initiatives that get responses from the famous, who offer their services.
Varvatos designed his own piano, which has been placed in Lincoln Center and constitutes a work of art and an attraction as well.
In one of New York City’s most vibrant public art installations from June 1-15, some 88 artist-designed pianos (one for each key on a piano) were placed in parks and public spaces throughout the five boroughs for anyone and everyone to enjoy, as reported in Sing for Hope’s website.
After their public residency, Sing for Hope donates each piano to an under-served local school, healthcare facility, or community organization, where Sing for Hope artists continue to bring the pianos to life year-round through classes, performances, and workshops, according to the website.
Varvatos has been recognized by the CFDA with the Perry Ellis Award for New Menswear Designer in 2000, and as Menswear Designer of the Year in 2001 and 2005. In December 2007, he was named GQ magazines Designer of the Year for its 12th annual Men of the Year issue, as noted in the same website.
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