June 1st, 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 will launch our programs with an opening reception on June 8th for our new 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.  This photo exhibition examines the relationship between beauty, dragness and normality, through the alter egos created by the artist.  We also invite you to envision an utopian world, in which drag queens can live a regular life, unafraid of violence and abuse.

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

"We are all born naked, the rest is drag"

Thursday, June 8th - Friday, June 30th

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

Artist Ernesto Linnemann invites our community to discover their own drag! In this fun family friendly workshop, 10 people are invited to learn how to do drag make up, 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.

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.

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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The 36th Annual Loisaida Festival!

Thank you to everyone who said PRESENTE at the 36th Annual Loisaida Festival, our neighborhood's most memorable event!

On Sunday, May 28th, 2023, The Loisaida, Inc. Center, partners, friends, family and community members took back to the streets to celebrate The 36th Annual Loisaida Festival along Avenue C - Loisaida Ave. between 5th and 12th Streets.

The annual Loisaida Festival is here to stay celebrating the diversity, culture, and resilience of the Lower East Side Puerto Rican, Latiné and New York’s immigrant communities. The 36th edition was a huge success with a turnout of over 16,000 people!

Attendees enjoyed live music that included power rock, bomba, plena, salsa, and reggaeton sounds.

There were amazing performances at the festival's northernmost point on 12th Street's Main Stage by EljuriKinto ZonóLower East Salsa, and NaboriNyah!

Also summing to the activities of the day there were exciting activations all across Avenue C from the Main Stage through 5th Street.

“Es sumamente importante para nuestra cultura y nuestra herencia latina continuar con esta tradición porque en muchas ocasiones, en este fin de semana largo muchas de nuestras familias no tienen la oportunidad, ni el privilegio de salir de la ciudad”.

-Alejandro Epifanio (Executive & Artistic Director - Loisaida, Inc.)

Check out the report on NY1 Noticias!

Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas Street Festival

Sunday, June 18th from 12-4pm

In its 22nd year, the Museum at Eldridge Street's Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Street Festival is a celebration of the diverse traditions that give the Lower East Side and Chinatown its identity.

Embrace the spirit of this ever-changing neighborhood and its rich immigration history with the Museum's magnificent home, the 1887 landmark Eldridge Street Synagogue, as the backdrop. The festival fills Eldridge Street with a medley of Jewish, Chinese, and Puerto Rican tastes, sights, sounds, and crafts for folks of all ages to enjoy! This festival is free to attend, and all are welcome!

Registration is preferred but not necessary. A full list of participants will follow as June 18th approaches.

​The Museum at Eldridge Street is pleased to be partnering with our Lower East Side neighbors including: the Loisaida Center, CPC Open Door Senior Center, Henry Street Settlement, and Kehila Kedosha Janina Synagogue and Museum. 

The Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival is supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council; and the Jewish Community Youth Foundation.

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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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What is considered healthy soil? How does soil health affect our environment?

ECOLIBRIUM recently gave a presentation on the importance and composition of healthy soil at the Center for Wellbeing & Happiness, as part of the April 22nd Earth Day activations across the Lower East Side.

If you missed the event but still want to learn about healthy soil, check out our Healthy Soil, Healthy Trees, Healthy City! presentation – created and presented by one of our newest program participants, Jenny Chen!

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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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Local Events & Opportunities

Comité Noviembre Scholarship Program

Applications due by June 9th, 2023

Since its inception, Comité Noviembre has developed programs geared to the support of educational opportunities and leadership development for Puerto Rican and Hispanic youth. These programs are firmly rooted in the belief that, in order to succeed in life, one must pursue a higher education, give back to one's community through volunteer efforts, and know one's cultural roots. Comité Noviembre’s scholarship campaign was launched to identify more opportunities for the community to sponsor scholarships in an individual’s name, family’s name, or in memory or honor of a loved one.

Apply by June 9

Cultured Coffee

Friday, June 30th, 6-10pm

at La Plaza Cultural Garden

Cultured Coffee is a multidisciplinary art showcase during the months of May-August. This is a recurring event during the months of May-August taking place on the last Friday of every month at La Plaza Cultural Garden on Ave C & 9th St. Our second date is June 30th from 6-10pm. The event is free to the public! 

Cultured Coffee is curated by House of Khaos X Disrupt Media, two NYC based creative platforms that highlight stories and voices of people of color. These showcases will highlight artistry of all kinds - dance, spoken word, music, film/media, and visual art. The intention behind this community space is to encourage creativity and cultivate the kind of connection that inspires us all to keep growing in our work. Follow us on IG (@culturedcoffeenyc) to stay up to date with our events!

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play:groundnyc Summer Camp

Registration is now open for 2023!

play:groundnyc Summer Camp is available from early June to late August. Camp sessions take place Monday to Friday, at The Yard on Governors Island, from 8:30am-3:15pm. This program is recommended for children ages 6-12.

Our camp programs are self-directed, so much of your child’s day will be (wonderfully) up to them! They will have opportunities to play with others, spend time alone, build, take apart, paint, splash, imagine, dig, read a book, relax, or anything else they can come up with! Campers will also have the option to walk around Governors Island, exploring other programs and areas of the island with our team. We also have a few bikes and scooters available.

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NYS DEC Summer Employment Opportunity

NYS DEC is seeking male and female staff for four residential Environmental Education Camps across New York State. All four camps cater to campers in two age groups: 11-13 years old or 14-17 years old.

Several positions are available and hourly pay ranges from $14.63 - $24.11/hr.

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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.

Thank you!

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