June 16th, 2023

Hello The Loisaida,

In solidarity with our LGBTQ+ community, Loisaida, Inc. Arts & Cultural Center proudly opens its doors for Pride Month, June 2023 with three different events curated in collaboration with artist Gabriel Torres (former LAIR recipient) with the intent to educate and open up positive discussions around the theme of queerness. This new series, named Loisaida is Proud, is one of Loisaida’s efforts to create a more inclusive, welcoming and supportive environment for all the members of our community.

We launched our programs with an opening reception on June 8th for our ongoing exhibit “We are all born naked, the rest is drag”, a solo exhibit showcasing more than 15 years of never exhibited before work, by lens based artist, Ernesto Linnemann. On June 23rd, we will host a workshop, Drag U: The Beauty, inviting people from the community to learn how to do their drag makeup, and get a portrait by Ernesto. That same day, we will host an educational drag show, Drag U: The Sparkle, performed by members from iconic Haus of Labronx.

We will end our festivities with the presentation of Haus of Dust, on June 24th, a media installation about substance abuse in the queer Latiné community. This installation was created as part of Gabriel’s first residency with Loisaida INC, and the Laundromat Project. 

Additionally, Loisaida is Proud opens its doors to all self-identified trans-artivists throughout the summer by offering a “gift of space” which includes 10 hours per individual artist of accessible rehearsal/creative space. Interested individuals or collectives can sign-up by visiting www.loisaida.org/giftofspace. Throughout the Summer months of June through August, we will also make other technical and human resources available to selected artists. 

Loisaida is Proud presents

Drag U: The Beauty & The Sparkle

Friday, June 23rd, 3pm

Ernesto Linemann Photo Exhibition

Thursday, June 8th - Friday, June 30th

Colombian interdisciplinary artist Ernesto Linneman documents their journey as an indigenous Latine artist who duels with a world of white beauty. They question, dissect, and analyze the limited interpretations of Eurocentric beauty standards and their repercussions for indigenous bodies in our society. On their first solo exhibition, Linneman magnifies the presence of transgender folks in our everyday lives, inserting their self-created characters into mundane activities, commonalities of any integrated member of society.

Drag U: The Beauty

Friday, June 23rd, 3-6 pm

Discover your own drag! In this fun family-friendly workshop, artist Ernesto Linnemann invites our community to learn how to do drag makeup, and discover their inner queen. At the end of the workshop, the artist will take participants' pictures, and they will be given a portrait as a souvenir. Capacity is limited, please RSVP ahead of time.

Drag U: The Sparkle

Friday, June 23rd, 6:30pm

An intergenerational Latine Queer & Queer Ally gathering. A power duo of Drag Queens, one queer elder and another queer youth, will guide the audience into the personal and artistic processes of becoming a work of art, aka a Drag Queen. All in all, while introducing the audience to topics of gender justice, inclusive vocabulary and sparkles of loving kindness. Capacity is limited, please RSVP ahead of time.

Haus of Dust

Saturday, June 24th, 12-7pm

Haus of Dust is an interactive installation created with the desire to bring awareness about substance abuse in the Latine queer community. Artist Gabriel Torres invites us to submerge in their journey dealing with substance abuse, immigration and trauma; and how queerness is poignant on their personal healing.

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Ecolibrium timelapse camera at Masaryk Towers, NYC showed the inflow of smoke from Canadian wildfires more than 400 miles away, between June 4–7. The Air Quality Index (AQI) in NYC reached hazardous levels last week, above 400 parts per million (ppm). Mayor Adams declared that the AQI in NYC peaked at 484 ppm on June 7th. To find the AQI in your zip code, visit: AirNow.gov

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Ambiente Artístico

Ambiente Artístico es una iniciativa basada en proyectos en español integrada por el profesional de las artes, Gerardo Morantes enfocado en brindar clases de creación de collage en español a adultos hispanos/latinx en vecindarios del Lower East Side con residencias de ingresos bajos a moderados asociadas al Centro Loisaida.

Ambiente Artístico is a project-based initiative en español integrated by teaching artist and community professional Gerardo Morantes focused on bringing collage making classes in Spanish to hispanic/latinx adults in Lower East Side neighborhoods with low to moderate-income residencies associated to the the Loisaida Center.

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Local Events & Opportunities

Hablamos & AAPIDA Unite

Asian + Latin Food, Music & Art

Hablamos hosts AAPIDA in celebration of the synergies and influences of our cultures. Join us for a summer solstice musical night of food, art, and discussion at the iconic La Sala de Pepe cultural center in the Lower East Side. Live music starts at 4pm, meeting at 6pm. Potluck! Bring a favorite dish from Latin or Asian cuisine.

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Public Hearings on Proposed Changes to MTA Fares & Tolls

The MTA will hold four hybrid public hearings to provide information and receive comments on the proposed changes to MTA fares and tolls. The public is invited to comment on the proposed changes, in person or virtually.


  • Thursday, June 22, 10am – 2pm
  • Thursday, June 22, 6 – 9pm
  • Friday, June 23, 10am – 2pm
  • Monday, June 26, 6 – 9pm 

Attend In Person

MTA Headquarters

2 Broadway, 20th Floor

William J. Ronan Board Room

New York, NY 10004 

Attend Virtually

Visit the MTA website for details.

Provide Comments

To provide comments during the meetings, register on the MTA website.

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NYC June Primary Election Early Voting

June 17th - 25th

NYC's Primary Election day is Tuesday, June 27th! Poll sites will be open from 6am - 9pm.

You can vote early at your early voting poll site, from June 17th - June 25th (note that your early voting poll site may be different from your election day poll site).

Visit vote.nyc for more info about your poll site, voting hours, what's on the ballot, and more!

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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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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.

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Loisaida Inc. Center Staff:

Alejandro Epifanio - Executive & Artistic Director

Paul Garrin - Ecolibrium Program Coordinator

Catiria Ayende - Administrative Assistant

Yaraní del Valle - Program Manager

Alex-Nicole Edwards - Marketing Associate

Julián Garnik, Vitor Fraga - Videographer & Editor

Melvin Audaz, David Sanders, Andre Cirilo - Photographers

Horacio Peña - Sound/Audio Engineer

Teaching Artists:

Lucrecia Novoa, Rénoly Santiago, Andy Martinez,

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

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