El Semillero is what we call the new 2018 Media & Technology component at the Loisaida Inc. Center. It is an idea-activator, a makerspace for creative cross-training, prototyping, and multi-disciplinary collaboration. The community can make use of our low and high-tech equipment and facilities in addition to the roster of workshops we’re offering for personal and professional development.
Our space will be outfitted with extensive technical equipment, such a woodworking shop, CNC milling, a laser cutter, and 3D printers. We’ll also have new media technologies to support print-making, textile arts, broadcasting and media production, prototyping and coding, and design. As we open up this new space, we’ll keep nurturing our members/participants by continuing our Loisaida’s original offerings of exhibitions, panels, community town halls, the artistic residency program for Latinx and Caribbean cultural producers, and the historic Loisaida Festival.
El Semillero is a space for our youth and elders, mentors and mentees, artists and scholars, experts and beginners. We welcome students, young professionals, local entrepreneurs, parents, and grandparents. We’re building an accessible idea incubator where all Loisaida community members can come together to dream, collaborate, and create. El Semillero is for our future-makers.
Loisaida has survived these past 38 years because of the support of the community. In this, our first ever fundraising campaign, we’re asking you to invest in El Semillero, our programs, and projects that support the resilience of our Latinx community footprint and legacy.
This initiative has been made possible in part by former Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, and former State Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh.