March 13th, 2023

Hello The Loisaida,

We are gearing up to celebrate the The 36th Annual Loisaida Festival , every year on the Sunday before Memorial Day, Loisaida, Inc. celebrates our Latino and Hispanic culture, heritage, food, music and art by turning the Avenue C - Loisaida Avenue corridor into a one-of-a-kind block party spanning across 14th Street to 5th Street inside the historic district known as the East Village/Alphabet City/Loisaida neighborhood.

Please click below for opportunities to volunteer, table or become a sponsor.

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Guided Art Workshops for Super-Adults ¡En Español!

in partnership with the Whitney Museum

Tuesday, March 14th - 10:30 am

The Loisaida, Inc. Center hosts hybrid guided drawing sessions and exhibition tours inspired by no existe un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria, currently on view at the Whitney Museum.

Join us at the Loisaida, Inc. Center (710 East 9th Street) on Tuesdays at 10:30 am.

All materials will be provided, no experience needed. Lead artist: Jano Cortijo.

Join Virtually Via Zoom!

La Cocina de Loisaida: Cena Puertorriqueña

March 15th & March 18th

In this class we're going to enjoy an amazing Puerto Rican dinner!

For this occasion, participants will learn about preparing Carne Mechada, Trifongo, and Dulce de Coco.

The dishes we will make are a phenomenal combination of traditional Caribbean Flavors! Learn how to make it with the one and only Maria Bido in this month's sessions of La Cocina de Loisaida on Wednesday, March 15th and Saturday, March 18th

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Loisaida Center Holistic Wellness for Older Adults

on the 3rd Thursday of the month

After the challenges faced and lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Loisaida Center is more committed than ever to providing high-quality programming aligned with the principles of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), and to bringing together older adults from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds.

To that end, we’ve expanded our Super-Adult program to include specific Health & Wellness services every 3rd Thursday of the month in collaboration with the Loisaida Wellness Collective and VNS Health.

Schedule below.

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State of the Community Gardens

Achieving ECOLIBRIUM in Loisaida - What is the state of our community gardens?

The Loisaida Center's ECOLIBRIUM Program, in partnership with LUNGS, is calling on all Lower East Side gardeners to help us document the state of Lower East Side Community Gardens!

We want to hear and learn from our community gardeners about your successes, challenges, and visions on how to protect, value, and sustain our precious gardens for generations to come.

Please start the conversation by filling out our gardener survey, and join us for a discussion on the state of the community gardens in Loisaida on March 25th, from 4-5:30pm – virtually or in person at the Loisaida Center.

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Women in Bomba

A conversation with Oxil Febres

We are pleased to announce that “Women in Bomba” will air on BronxNet's “BX Culture” channel. That’s BronxNet channel 69 Optimum + 2135 Fios in The Bronx and BronxNet.tv all over the world.

The air times will be as follows, all during Women’s History Month:

Sunday, March 26th at 8:30pm

Tuesday, March 28th at 9:30am

Thursday, March 30th at 2:30pm

Open Calls & Opportunities

NYC Provides Enriching Summer Jobs for Youth

Applications are open for both youth and employers!

New York City operates the nation’s largest summer youth employment program, connecting NYC residents between the ages of 14 and 24 with career exploration opportunities and paid work experiences each summer. Last year, the Adams administration invested in record-breaking goals for Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), offering 100,000 summer job opportunities to young people across the five boroughs.

Many of the job opportunities available through SYEP are located within NYC's incredible cultural organizations - giving our youth great on-the-job experience at some of the most iconic institutions. In turn, these institutions have access to the limitless talent our younger generation offers.

  • Youth interested in joining the 2023 program should apply by March 31, 2023 at nyc.gov/syep.
  • Cultural organizations interested in serving as an SYEP host site can apply here by May 26, 2023.
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Apply now to Girls Who Code’s free summer programs, with options running from June 16 - August 11!

  • Their 2-week Summer Immersion Program (SIP) hosts current 9th-11th graders in live virtual classrooms led by industry-leading companies like Metlife, Bank of America, and Accenture. You’ll learn how to get creative with game design. By the end of the program, you’ll learn the fundamentals of game design, UX, the iterative design process, and more, as you build out a suite of short games using the p5.js library for JavaScript. You can even apply for laptop and hotspot access and grants of up to $300 for financial support!

  • Their Self-Paced Program gives current 9th-12th graders the flexibility to learn to code through independent study and real-world projects. By the end of the program, you’ll earn beginner-level certificates of completion in HTML, CSS, or JavaScript for web development or intermediate-level certificates of completion in Python for Cybersecurity or Data Science.

For more information on their virtual Summer Programs, check out their website or attend a webinar. Applications are due March 24th, 2023.

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Founded in 1979, Loisaida, Inc. offers year-round, accessible arts & culture programming that celebrates the rich heritage of the Lower East Side and its Puerto Rican and immigrant communities. Through its multi-purpose space, the Loisaida Inc. Center provides opportunities to emerging artists and creators working in diverse disciplines, promotes a vibrant social and community life, and serves as an incubator for self-sustainable initiatives.

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Loisaida Inc. | 646-726-4715 | info@loisaida.org | loisaida.org

710 E. 9th Street New York, NY 10009

Loisaida Inc. programs are supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus (BLAC) in partnership with the City Council and the office of the New York City Mayor Eric Adams, and the New York State Legislature, City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, NYS Assembly Member Harvey Epstein, the Manhattan Borough President's Office and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

We would like to acknowledge the support of the Hispanic Federation, Trinity Church Wall Street. The Howard Gilman Foundation, The Stonewall Foundation, The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, The Promesa Foundation, and MOSAIC Foundation at the New York Community Trust.

Thank you!

Loisaida Inc. Center Staff:

Alejandro Epifanio - Executive & Artistic Director

Paul Garin - Ecolibrium Program Coordinator

Catiria Ayende - Administrative Assistant

Yarani del Valle - Program Manager

Alex-Nicole Edwards - Marketing Associate

Julián Garnik, Vitor Fraga - Videographer & Editor

Melvin Audaz - Photographer

María Torres - MUJER Program Coordinator

Teaching Artists:

Lucrecia Novoa, Rénoly Santiago, Andy Martinez,

Julia Justo, Stefen Reed, Roxana Torres, Pedro Alomar, Rosa Velez, Espartaco Albornoz and Marta Rosario-Dann

Acacia Network Staff:

Lymaris Albors - Chief Executive Officer

Raul Russi - President

Angel Santini - Special Programs VP

Gabriela González - Communications Director

Acacia Network Inc. - Finance & Compliance

Loisaida Inc. Board:

Kaleb H. Sanchez, Wilfred Renta, Anthony Rivera, Angel Cruz, Angel Audiffred and Deborah Quiñones

Loisaida Inc. is a federally certified 501(c)(3) charitable organization and an affiliate of the Acacia Network