Nicholas Omari Isaac, known as Nico, was loved by many. He was a son, nephew, cousin, friend, and community member, who loved to laugh and bring laughter to others, and who was always in pursuit of his next goal.
Nico began his artistic journey at the age of 8 through the Rush Kids program, attended Arts & Letters middle school where he continued his creative passions, and also took classes at Pratt Institute. Nico took part in internships with Art Start, Groundswell, Reconnect, and Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, through which he contributed to community murals, acted in theater shows, learned screen printing, woodwork, and sculpture, and fine-tuned his visual arts talents as well, even selling one of his original paintings to benefit a charity "Habitat of Humanity". Nico also demonstrated his artistic skills as a tattoo artist and had a knack for applying his creative talents to entrepreneurship and business.
In addition to his passions for the arts, Nico was involved with Neighbors in Action and volunteered with Save Our Streets Brooklyn, through which he supported anti-gun violence organizing and helped host community events promoting peace and unity.
His life was tragically cut short at the young age of 23, but his memory will be kept alive by the many people who knew and cared for him, and through the many positive contributions he made to his community.
Hello, my name is Michelle N. Allen, I am the mother of Nicholas O. Isaac, who lost his live to gun violence July 18, 2020. The “Hello” project is a collection of “hello my name is stickers” with loved one’s names lost to gun violence that will posted throughout NYC mostly in subways where people travel. The stickers are large half page of 8x11 paper to give you an idea.
The objective of this project is to bring awareness to gun violence and to remember the people that have lost their lives to gun violence. The project will have the name, the day of passing, and one other comment on the sticker chosen by the friend or family member. The comment could be the age of the loved one, something about the case or perpetrator especially if the case is still unsolved, or it could just be a comment on what their aspirations was (basically anything). We will also have a QR code for donations, we will donate the monies collected to three lucky organizations that the family member or friend suggested into a raffle.
I have discovered through my own journey not only will this project bring awareness but will allow friends and family to heal sharing their stories for NYC to see. Their loved ones are remembered, are cherished and their lives are meaningful. There are also so many support organizations that do so much good, and some receive little funding or none. Giving back to these organizations to help our communities prosper is also a very important piece to this project.