2020 Garbagia Project: CHANGE

Loisaida’s Summer Arts Program

Loisaida is proud to bring our community an ongoing summer program highlighting and revitalizing the migrant experience, our neighborhood’s historical inventiveness, and ecological resilience. Inspired by local artist and activist, long time resident of Loisaida; Rolando Politi, whose iconic repurposed and recycled sculptures pepper community gardens throughout Loisaida, but more specifically at La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez the program uses place-based pedagogy and recycled materials to equip youth and residents in using creative strategies to address the city’s urgent issues.


The 2020 Garbagia Summer Program: CHANGE, will make way for the originator of the “Garbagia” concept; Rolando Politi, to be intimately tied to the production of this summer program. The summer program will run as a hybrid of online and live interactive workshops, Garbagia is one of the activators of Loisaida’s Media Arts and Technology programs – El Semillero this year from August 10th through September 9th.

Once again, artists from our community ‘garbagianos’ will be producing a final showcase, broadcasted live at the end of the program through the recently launched LoisaidaTV.

This year’s edition “Garbagia: CHANGE” will consist of a 4-week open-air art making workshop that will culminate as a hybrid interactive virtual OPERA.

Loisaida Inc. will open its Courtyard for the Open-Air workshops where each week registered participants can create characters and contribute to the Original Opera Script developed by: Rolando Politi, with the inspiring assistance of long-time “Garbagianxs” such as; Rosa, Pedro, Marta, Dee Dee, Jimmy, Francisco, George, Lilith, Anne and many more. Also participating virtually, from Mexico is Garbagia project co-founder Daniela Fabrizi.

Registration is required to access the open-air workshops and studio. Alternatively, guests can create at home following the live workshops broadcasted online every Friday from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm on our YouTube channel.

Registration is required. 

Each participant is required to abide by social distancing rules and must wear a face covering before entering the workshop.

Please register as soon as possible because this year there will be a limited capacity of 10 people per workshop, per day.

This program is funded by the New York City Council’s Cultural Immigrant Initiative, in partnership with the New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development.