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Photo of Josh Manes and Alice Mizrachi in front of her work: beautifyearth/Instagram

A street art project is helping Rockaway Beach recover post-Hurricane Sandy, one mural at a time.

Beautify Earth, a non-profit that started in Santa Monica, aims to spruce up over a dozen of the buildings along Rockaway Beach Boulevard through painting murals, providing street cleanup and proposing a community garden and sculpture park in the neighborhood.

For the murals, the organization has enlisted a bevy of street artists, including Alice Mizrachi (hailed by Complex Magazine as the “mother figure” of New York graffiti and street art), Alice Pasquini, Chris Stain, JMR, Cernesto, Nicolina, Justin Horowitz and Mitchel Coffman. Nicolina is working with young Rockaways residents to complete a piece that will be sponsored by sneaker company Vans.

Beautify Earth is also partnering with Rockaway Artist Alliance to engage artists in the neighborhood.

For this initiative, the non-profit is organizing a fundraiser April 12th from 8pm to 12am. The venue is The Rockaway Beach Surf Club at 302 Beach 87th Street, under the elevated train. There will be a live jazz band, along with a DJ and a raffle; donations at the door will be accepted. Get details on the event’s Facebook page and purchase tickets here.

Can’t make it? You can donate at the crowdfunding site.

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