Our Mission

Loisaida, Inc. stands firm on its original mission– Address the serious economic and social disenfranchisement of poor and low income Latino residents, with employment and training opportunities, comprehensive youth development initiatives, as well as neighborhood revitalization activities that positively highlight the rich culture, heritage, and contribution of the Puerto Rican and Latin American community in this City.

Founded in 1978, Loisaida, Inc. is a Puerto Rican multidisciplinary community development organization located in the Lower East Side area of Lower Manhattan known as Loisaida, East Village or Alphabet City. Loisaida expands on its original mission to further highlight the cultural heritage, history and contributions made by Latinx, Black, Asian American and immigrant communities in New York City focusing on producing place-keeping programs, collaborations and activities for our intergenerational community. We offer accessible arts & cultural programs and initiatives at the intersection of media, technology, social and environmental justice.

Through its multi-purpose space, the Loisaida Inc. Center provides space, mentorship, resources and opportunities to emerging community leaders, artists and creators working in diverse disciplines, promotes a vibrant social and community life, and serves as an incubator for self-sustainable initiatives. Our approach celebrates the urban surroundings, grassroots invention and immigrant spirit of the Loisaida neighborhood in its dedication to highlight our cultural vitality and contributions to NYC.