La Lucha Continua The Struggle Continues: 1985 & 2017

La Lucha Continua The Struggle Continues: 1985 & 2017

“Top of the list at New York Times of must-see galleries in the Lower East Side!”


Overview:

In 1985, Eva Cockcroft, founder of Artmakers Inc., gathered together 34 “artists of conviction” to create 26 political murals on four vacant buildings overlooking the then neglected La Plaza Cultural community garden. Known as La Lucha Continua The Struggle Continues, the murals addressed six political issues: gentrification, police brutality, immigration, feminism, and opposition of U.S. intervention in Central America and apartheid in South Africa. Today, the garden is thriving, the issues remain of grave concern, and only two of the murals still exist, the paint cracked and faded.


Exhibition Details:

Opening Date:
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Viewing Hours:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Noon to 6:00 pm
and by appointment.

Organizer:
Artmakers Inc.
For more info and media queries: Jane Weissman, ArtmakersNYC@aol.com, (212) 989-3006

Host Venue:
Loisaida Inc. Center
(646) 726-4715

710 East 9th Street, Lower East Side
New York, NY 10009 United States
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Public Programming and important dates:

April 19, 6:30-8 PM. Panel: Loisaida: Then & Now. With Chino Garcia, Maria Dominguez, Noah Jemisin, Kristin Reed, Seth Tobocman. Libertad Guerra, moderator

April 26, 6:30-8 PM. Illustrated Talk: Protest & Celebration: Community Murals of the 1970s & 1980s in Loisaida and on the Historic Lower East Side. Jane Weissman, presenter

April 30. 1 PM Gallery Talk / 2 PM Garden Visit to La Plaza Cultural at 9th & C. (Gallery remains open to 5 PM)


*SECOND ILLUSTRATED TALK, BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND*

May 11, 7:00-8:30 PM. Illustrated Talk: Protest & Celebration: Community Murals of the 1970s & 1980s in Loisaida and on the Historic Lower East Side. Jane Weissman, presenter


*May 23, 6:30-8 PM. Illustrated Talk: La Lucha Continua The Struggle Continues: 1985 & 2017. Jane Weissman, presenter. City Lore Gallery (56 East 1st Street). Also co-sponsored by Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation & City Lore

*May 27, 2 PM Gallery Talk / 3 PM Garden Visit to La Plaza Cultural at East 9th Street & Avenue C Unless noted, all events take place at The Loisaida Center (710 East 9th Street, NYC) Part of the 2017 Loisaida Festival Weekend Programming.


All events are co-sponsored by Artmakers Inc. and The Loisaida Center

*In conjunction with Lower East Side History Month


Media Queries: Jane Weissman, ArtmakersNYC@aol.org, 212.989.3006


FREE Community Screen Printing Workshops

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The Loisaida Center

   proudly presents:

 Community Screen Printing Workshops 


Workshop begun: Wednesday, March 8th

10 sessions – 1 day a week for three months

All sessions on Wednesdays

from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 

FREE! Ages 18+


 Overview:

This program aims to bring art and creative place-making opportunities to Asian and Latino immigrant communities in the city of New York. The program introduces participants to a new art form and a vocabulary that can be used to strengthen and communicate to others their understanding of their environment. This program will expose participants to careers in art and design, developing skills and abilities that have transformative for individual growth and development, community beautification and belonging, and cross-cultural understanding. Art will be the vehicle that unites members of Asian and Latino immigrant communities to discuss, create and build the artistic capacity necessary for socio-cultural change. Our goal is to create opportunities to develop important artistic skills while sharing across differences that would not otherwise be possible.

Instructor Profile:

Professional artist Mauricio Trenard, will lead workshops for the project. He has lead design/build workshops for HSC and El Puente since 2010 and has 15 years of experience teaching art in Cuba. Since arriving in the U.S. in 2000, Mauricio has created commissions for the NYC Dept. of Education, Groundswell Community Mural Project and Fifth Avenue Committee. He uses public art as an indispensable tool to show and explore aspects of social reality of interest to him and the community in which he works. His work is in private collections in Europe, Mexico and the U.S. His illustrations for Dance, Nana, Dance received the 2009 Aesop Award.


Students will learn:

• The methodology, techniques and procedures of water base screen-printing for printing.

t-shirts, posters and others on similar types of material;

• How to utilize all equipment, tools, and supplies to produce a quality screen-printed product.

• How to translate their ideas into images – specifically, students will be encouraged to

explore issues of immigrant identity, community, and difference.


Objectives:

• To engage students in the process of exploring their individual artistic vision by

developing personal imagery;

• To create an art project generated by using iconography, social and cultural community

issues;

• To appreciate the enrichment that art brings to his/her own life experience and the

possibilities for career development;

• To create a basic artist portfolio with the work performed during the work shop;

• To develop self-motivation, self-direction and a strong work ethic;

• To think critically, work creatively and collectively across difference.


The Program

Our medium will be water-base screen printing with an emphasis on photo emulsion processes.Students will be exposed to various techniques for making silkscreen prints, will gain basic mastery of these processes, and by the end of the program, will develop a series of their own single, and multiple color edition prints. Students will be encouraged to investigate their own interests and concepts in terms of content and image making in the process of printing. Themes of cultural history and preservation, art and activism, and immigrant identity will all be explored.

Workshop Timeline:
Unit 1: Introduction to Screen Printing
Unit 2: Image Preparation
Unit 3: Screen Preparation
Unit 4: Reclaiming the Screen
Unit 5: Screen Printing Operation
Unit 6: Substrates and Inks

Unit 7: Presenting and communicating to the broader community


Vitrina Rota – book talk with Silverio Pérez

Wednesday, March 29th at 6:30pm

Loisaida Inc. Center hosts Silverio Pérez in the presentation and signing of autographs for his new book:

La Vitrina Rota “The Broken Glass Case” or What the hell happened here?


THIS EVENT HAS PASSED. SEE A VIDEO OF THE LIVE BROADCAST BELOW:


About the book:

The broken glass case, or what the hell happened here? Is a hybrid text that takes hold of what memory is and what memory offers, it is autobiographical, and a “history-o-graphic” essay. Narrated using the most respectable seriousness, the most pure emotion and a suggestive taunt, it leaves us a text that invites reflection and calm, but also calls to action and maybe encourages a calculated rebellion. All written in a tragicomic or comedic-serious tone so typical of the picaresque narrative that accompanies the Puerto Ricans from a remote past.

What Silverio does in this intense and moving volume is to look at that long 20th century that began in 1898 and continues in 2016, the American century, in the light of a repeated “promise” unfulfilled.

Exceptional witness of the time he has lived will prepare the reader for a time where “history” and “life” converge in an enviable balance.

It is also a historical and vital responsibility, well fulfilled.

Read Press Release here.


About the author:

Silverio Pérez (born July 18, 1948) is a musician, writer, comedian, entrepreneur and broadcasting media host, born in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. He is known for several reasons, among them:

  • Hosting several successful Puerto Rican television shows during his career.
  • Performing with the known group of political satire called Los Rayos Gamma (The Gamma Rays)[1][2]
  • Performing with the nueva trova group called Haciendo Punto en Otro Son.
  • His motivational lectures which are usually called “Humortivación” (Humortivation).

CitiCien Exhibit Artist Talk

Thursday, March 16 at 6 PM – 8 PM

Join us on Thursday March 16th for an artist talk featuring many of our participating artists.

The artists will share about themselves and their artistic practice, as well as the meaning behind the artworks they created for the CitiCien exhibit.


RSVP HERE.


SPEAKING ARTISTS:
Bonafide Rojas
Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez
Melissa Montero
Vagaond Alexander Beaumont
Yasmín Hernández
Will Rosado
Juan Sanchez
Manny Vega
Jean Oyola
Shellyne Rodriguez

Other artists in attendance:
Sofia Maldonado
Daniel Alago
Nelson Host Santiago
Leenda Bonilla
Luis Pagan
Jo-El Lopez
Nia Andino
Oliver Rios


Signed in 1917 by President Wilson, The Jones-Shafroth Act granted U.S. citizenship to anyone born in Puerto Rico on or after April 25, 1898, a complex and significant turning point for the people of Puerto Rico.

Following strict visual guidelines of size and a black-and-white only palette, the exhibit’s theme is one of visual consistency and commitment, acting as a metaphor of the unified voice and solidarity of Puerto Ricans during this critical political time. Coinciding with the 100 year anniversary of the signing of the Jones Act, CITICIEN, in an effort to nurture greater solidarity and collaboration, will feature 100 Puerto Rican artists from the island and the diaspora.

Curated by Puerto Rican artist Adrián Viajero Román, DEFEND PUERTO RICO’s CITICIEN traveling exhibition will feature 100 artworks highlighting the historical and present-day impact of the Jones Act.


About DEFEND PUERTO RICO
Defend PR is a multimedia project designed to document and celebrate Puerto Rican creativity, resilience, and resistance. Recognizing the complex and dynamic landscapes that comprise Puerto Rican daily life and struggle, Defend PR seeks to deepen connections between Puerto Ricans on the island and throughout the diaspora, in the hopes of nurturing greater solidarity, collaboration, and kinship.

#CITICIENPR #DEFENDPR
Visit www.defendpr.com
www.facebook.com/Defendpr / instagram.com/defendpr

 

Cover photo: “Wall of Resistance” by Leenda Bonilla + Luis Pagan
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Our Voices Ring Loud Town Hall!

Our voices ring loud town hall meeting: Wednesday, March 1st at 6:00 pm.
The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center – 107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002
 
Loisaida & The NYC Cultural Plan – Our Voices Ring Loud Town Hall Meeting! Loisaida Inc. leads the local cultural planning project, in partnership with the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center and Teatro SEA that will ensure that Latino arts organizations, cultural workers, and residents in Lower Manhattan are heard and their recommendations included in the City’s 10 year cultural plan. Loisaida Inc. was chosen from a competitive pool of applicants as one of the winning proposals to conduct community engagement and feed-back activities around the City’s cultural planning process, which will wrap up in the late spring of 2017.
Be Heard! Participate!


This Loisaida-led Project to Help Inform New York City’s Cultural Plan is Funded by:

New York City Cultural Agenda Fund in The New York Community Trust.

Walled Worlds

Loisaida Inc. and Atomic Culture are proud to present:

Walled WorldsBorder Publics, Cultural Activism and Urban Planning.


Panel: Thursday, February 9th at 6:00 pm.
Loisaida Inc. – 710 East 9th Street New York, NY 10009

Renowned scholars, artists, cultural activists and critics–Ricardo DominguezTeddy CruzFonna Forman and Ed Morales–ccome together to discuss their distinct yet cross-cultural perspectives on the intersections of arts and culture, activism and policy, and forced migration and community building, utilizing examples of neighborhoods including the Lower East Side.

We will consider how might our cultural activism, advocacy, and participatory planning begin working to create stronger collaborative movements and build solidarity within and beyond our multiple communities?

In the face of political uncertainties, we will also consider what tactics and strategies work to strengthen cultural equity advocacy, to influence policy and to advance equity principles as part of what should be enshrined in NYC’s cultural plan. A report-back on the discussion will be included as a set of recommendations to the New York City Council’s 10 year Cultural Plan.

FREE

Please RSVP, limited capacity!


Ours to Lose: When Squatters Became Homeowners in New York City

Loisaida Inc. and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation are proud to present:

Ours to Lose: When Squatters Became Homeowners in New York City


The Lower East Side in the 1980s and 90s was home to a radical squattingmovement that
blended urban homesteading and European-style squatting in a way never before seen in the
United States.

Ours to Lose takes a close look at a diverse group of Lower East Side squatters who occupied abandoned city-owned buildings in the 1980s, fought to keep them for decades, and eventually began a long, complicated process to turn their illegal occupancy into legal cooperative ownership.

In this multimedia event Starecheski will use oral histories to explore the complicated
relationships between homesteading and squatting on the Lower East Side, and in American
history.


Amy Starecheski is co-director of the Oral History Master of Arts program at Columbia
University. She received a PhD in cultural anthropology from the CUNY Graduate Center, where
she was a Public Humanities Fellow. In 2016 she was awarded the “Will the Next Margaret
Mead Please Stand Up?” Prize for public anthropological writing.


Check out video of the talk below:



The Sustainable Artist Toolkit

We are excited to host FABNYC’s next Sustainable Artist Toolkit workshop,

Artists with Radical Visions: Shifting, Challenging, Thriving!

Before we all break for the holidays, let’s refocus our energies towards realizing our self-determined liberated life. Engage in a strategic dialogue around needs and resources and learn to work together to define boundaries, affirm goals, and stand in our power.

Tuesday, December 13, 7-9pm right here at Loisaida Inc. Center!

RSVP: http://fabnyc.org/archive/artists-rad-visions/

Tale of 4 Schools

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Visit The Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation.


Tale of Four Schools

FREE. Reservation required. All ages welcomed, bilingual friendly (Spanish, English). Thurs. Sept. 22 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm. Wheelchair accessible.

Architect CBJ Snyder was a prolific designer of New York public school buildings, completing more than 350 schools in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A graduate of Cooper Union, Snyder had big ideas about design, too – he believed that public school buildings should be civic monuments to a better, brighter future. Snyder’s innovative buildings included progressive solutions for light, air, fireproofing, and classroom size. How can we better care for our community resources facilitate adaptive reuse, and what can we still learn from Snyder’s century-old philosophies? Professor Jean Arrington, who has researched Snyder’s work and legacy in New York, will share her insights and Simeon Bankoff, Executive Director of the Historic Districts Council, will moderate a discussion with stakeholders of four Snyder projects – a demolished Bronx landmark, two former Harlem schools aiming to serve as community anchors, and an East Village building with an uncertain future.

Co-sponsored by Loisada, Inc., the Historic Districts Council, East Village Community Coalition and Lower East Side Preservation Initiative.

Register Here!

How to Self Publish Your First Book

La SoPA NYC and Loisaida Inc. presents

How To Self Publish Your First Book


A free workshop talking about the process of publishing, editing and promoting your first book using low cost digital tools.

Speakers: Elisabet Velasquez & George Torres

The School of Poetic Arts aka La S.O.P.A. is a producer of diverse poetry and performing arts events in New York City, formed using the philosophies of the most progressive intellectual and artistic movements of the last century (i.e. The Harlem Renaissance, the Beat Poets, Black Arts Movement & most notably the Nuyorican Movement). We were founded in Brooklyn in March 2007 as an Open Mic & made our presence felt immediately by featuring both veterans as well as up-and-coming performers of spoken word, prominent visual artists, comedians, and select musical guests covering the genres of salsa, bomba y plena, progressive hip hop, and more. We have taken our brand to major academic institutions like New York University, Hunter College and Long Island University, and we have also taken our brand to major international corporations like National Grid Energy and Pepsi.

3/30 – 6pm -8pm