Visual Arts

Cyphers Holding Fundraiser Saturday to Send Graf Artists to Estria Arts Festival

Hip-hop culture haven and studio Cyphers: The Center of Urban Arts has always been an old school kind of place, from the vintage decor like boomboxes and classic Chuck Taylors adorning its digs to the throwback b-boy moves getting busted on its dance floor.

So it seems only natural that its organizers would eschew new-fangled fundraising methods like Kickstarter in favor of a more old school kind of crowdsourcing cash: a good ol' car wash. On Saturday, Cyphers' staff and students will bust out buckets and sponges outside of the building in North Phoenix in hopes of raising enough money to send a crew of its graf artists to a prestigious competition in the Bay Area this fall.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.