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Description: The new Community Center facility is approximately 10,000 feet on two levels within the 710 East 9th Street building, which also has a residential component of 55 units of housing for youth aging out of the NYC Foster Care System. The first level of the totally accessible Community Center space has its own private entrance, office space, and houses the Multimedia Arts and Technology area. The performance/multipurpose space, dressing room, and complete galley kitchen, as well as accessible bathroom facilities, and two large private open air spaces, are located on this level. The second ground floor/cellar level, which has its own street access, houses additional office space and the Teaching Commercial Kitchen, as well as three large multipurpose activity rooms, one of which will be a youth lounge and recreation space. The Community Center has its own elevator, which allows for ease of use, accessibility, and transport from both levels.
Description: La Yarda is an outdoor courtyard suitable for afternoon screenings during daylight hours and provided with a modular seating area. The space also provides a sites for artists’ installations, such as Pa’l Domingo Familiar, an installation created around Loisaida Festival 2015. Stay tuned, La Yarda will soon be open to the public!
Bimbo Rivas Project
Description: The Bimbo Rivas Project is an adaptable performance space that hosts many community events throughout the year. It consists of the basic elements of a theater black-box. The space also serves as an outlet for showcasing many of the center’s dance and theater workshops, our artist residencies’ work, and other performances.
Idea Activator – El Semillero (Seedbed)
Description: El Semillero Maker Space – Coming Soon!!
El Semillero at Loisaida Inc. Center aims to be an idea-activation- space for creative cross-training, prototyping and multi-disciplinary collaboration for the community to make use of our low and high-tech equipment and facilities in addition to the roster of workshops for personal and professional development. Our space will be outfitted with extensive technical equipment, such a woodworking space, CNC milling, laser cutter, 3D printers, and further new media technologies to support the following fields: Print-making, Textile Arts, Broadcasting and Media Production, Prototyping & Coding, and Design. Our members/participants are also nurtured by Loisaida’s original production of events consisting of: exhibitions, panels, community town-halls, artistic residency program for Latinx and Caribbean cultural producers, and the historic Loisaida Festival.
Summary of aims for El Semillero are:
A) Bolster and capitalize on the Loisaida brand. Find intersections with Nuyorican, Latinx and Caribbean legacy of cultural citizenship and urban innovation that enable creatives to capture the value of the Loisaida identity.
B) Create year-round marketplace opportunities. Build upon the success of the Loisaida Festival to bolster the Loisaida brand and create year-round marketplace opportunities for El Semillero users.
C) Create multiple entry points. The needs and resources of the intended constituencies vary greatly. Loisaida can implement programming with multiple entry points and tiered access levels for users. Flexible programming will help ensure broad reach.
D) Conduct an education-intensive launch. An education and training intensive launch will help ensure intended constituencies achieve and proliferate access to the resources El Semillero offers. There is a lack of demand from the immediate community for the specialized equipment offered by ES. Loisaida can build demand for these resources by empowering community leaders with equipment fluency and offering free training to the greater local community.
This initiative has been made possible in part by a NYC Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Initial Outfitting Grant.
Initial Design Renderings:
The Culinary Incubator
Description: A complete commercial kitchen aims to train participants of the lower east side in diverse culinary arts and develop an entrepreneurial approach for empowering our residents to take ownership of their future. This component will be in 2015.
Description: A stall (Popup Shop) designed to serve as a foldable booth structure for the layout and display of Loisaida Festival merchandise, consignment items by Latino artisans, and a platform for the emergent entrepreneurs who become Merchant Members of Loisaida Center after participating in the center’s crafts/ fabrication/ STEAM workshops; this shop will also complement the future culinary arts component. This component will be ready soon!
Education & Training Capacity:
Our facility was created with education and training at the forefront of its core capabilities. We have accomplished this by mirroring the standards and requirement needed to become a certified training center for our community. By accomplishing this task our students will be given an opportunity to learn a multitude of applications that can foster their knowledge in the areas of media, writing, and office skills.
Our facility will provide an in-house production and live studio/viewing space on site, that would have the capacity to provide and support a wide breath of real world production tools in the field of communication media. Our goal is to expose our youth to a level of production capacity, to take advantage of their creativity and enhance their entrepreneurial opportunities, to provide a foundation of knowledge for them that will be life-changing.