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The Culture Candy is a NYC based arts organization that celebrates Culture, the arts, and underrepresented artists by providing up and coming artists with showcase opportunities. Founded by Lee Lee La Cubana and Zalika Zeni, two artists of color seeking equal opportunities to be seen, The Culture Candy is dedicated to encouraging young minority, female, LGBTQ+, and many other underrepresented creatives to pursue their artistic passions through their involvement in community programs, pop-up events, gallery exhibitions, and facility curations throughout NYC.


In curating events, The Culture Candy has created a community of diverse artists, curators and creatives in the underground art scene. In partnership, The Culture Candy has worked to expand the New York City underground art scene network by sharing opportunities with other curation teams and presenting artists with opportunities outside of our company.

In support of minority youth, The Culture Candy partakes in many community outreach events and takes up charitable contribution to give back to the city that we call home, NYC. 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.


The Culture Candy is created for the people, by the people with a mission to preserve classic urban New York 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. Our 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.

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