July 27th, 2023

Hello The Loisaida,

The Loisaida, Inc. Center has some exciting things happening this fall! In September we are once again giving away FREE backpacks and school supplies to local students, in partnership with Trinity Church Wall Street - the registration form is now live. Our fan-favorite Puerto Rican cooking class series, La Cocina de Loisaida, is returning in September with 12 more sessions - buy your tickets early, they're known to sell out! Our youth media production program M.U.J.E.R. (Media Used for Equity, Justice & Respect) is relaunching in October and applications are now open. We also have some fun events happening within the next couple of weeks, in partnership with local platforms and organizations such as House of Khaos X Disrupt Media, Subterra Sound, and La Sala de Pepe. We hope to see you soon!

Cultured Coffee

Friday, July 28th - 5PM

Cultured Coffee is a multidisciplinary art showcase during the months of May-August. This is a recurring event during the months of May - September taking place on the last Friday of every month, now at the Loisaida Inc. Center (710 E 9th Street, New York, NY 10009). Their third date is July 28th from 5:00-9:30pm. Tickets are $10 until July 25th at 11:59pm. Then from 7/26 - 7/28, tickets will be $15.

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 them on IG (@culturedcoffeenyc) to stay up to date with their events!

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Back 2 Da Culture Park Jam

Sunday, July 30th - 2PM

Subterra Living Museum & Tribal Exchange Present: "Back 2 Da Culture Park Jam"

Join us on Sunday, July 30th from 2-7pm in La Plaza Cultural for

  • DJ's
  • Producers
  • Live music
  • Open Jam
  • Live Art & Painters
  • Food
  • Vendors
  • Good vibes

In partnership with the Loisaida Center and Morus (Museum of Reclaimed Space).


In the spirit of the LES community oriented, activist, poetic, artistic revolutionary movement.


For the people by the people!

Free Bomba Masterclass with Ivelisse Díaz

Thursday, August 3rd - 7PM

Ivelisse Díaz is the director and founder of La Escuelita Bombera de Corazón. Director and Founder of All women Bomba y Plena group “Las BomPleneras”. Ivelisse is a co-founding member and lead vocalist in Bomba con Buya. She has traveled with the group and as a soloist to places like California, New York, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Mexico, and Ghana, to name a few. She is a 2017 recipient of a 3Arts Make a Wave grant. With 27 years of learning and continued studies, Ivelisse has become a well-known vocalist, dancer, and leader within the Bomba community in Chicago and beyond.

Ivelisse will present a FREE Bomba dance workshop at the Loisaida Center (710 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009) on Thursday, August 3rd from 7–9pm.

Space for the workshop is very limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible!

And stop by La Sala de Pepe on Saturday, August 5th for an interview with Ivelisse Diaz! Open to all, no RSVP needed.

RSVP for FREE Bomba Master Class

Loisaida Inc. & Trinity Church Backpack Giveaway

September 2023

Loisaida Inc. and Trinity Church Wall Street have partnered for a Back to School event for the new semester. From September 6th – September 8th, we will be giving out a limited amount of backpacks filled with school supplies to students in our community who are in need.

The student (grades K-8) must be attending a District 1 public school in the Lower East Side. Students must be present at pick-up. One backpack per student while supplies last.

Please fill out this form (linked below) for your student(s) who need school supplies. We'll make sure to contact you with more details. You can also fill out the form for another family/student that may not have access to this form.

Loisaida Inc. y Trinity Church Wall Street se han asociado para un evento de regreso a clases para el nuevo semestre. Del 6 al 8 de septiembre, entregaremos una cantidad limitada de mochilas llenas de útiles escolares a los estudiantes de nuestra comunidad que lo necesiten.

Estudiantes (grados K-8) deben asistir a una escuela pública de Distrito 1 en el Lower East Side. Los estudiantes deben estar presentes en el momento de la recogida. Una mochila por estudiante.

Complete este formulario (enlazado a continuación) para su (s) estudiante (s) que necesitan útiles escolares. Nos aseguraremos de comunicarnos con usted con más detalles. También puede completar el formulario para otra familia/estudiante que no tenga acceso a este formulario.

Complete Form / Llene el formulario

La Cocina de Loisaida: Season 3

September – December 2023

La Cocina de Loisaida is a monthly in-person cooking class series presented by Loisaida Inc. and Essex Market, where longtime Lower East Sider and home chef Maria Bido shares authentic Puerto Rican recipes and cooking techniques.

Each month we’ll explore a new batch of family favorites based on Puerto Rican flavors and using ingredients from Essex Market.

In this new season, learn to create the Puerto Rican National Dish (Arroz con Gandules), Arroz con Pollo, Pasteles, Coquito, and several other dishes that are a phenomenal combination of traditional Caribbean Flavors!

Each class will be approximately 1.5-2 hours long and include time to savor the dishes you prepare together as a group. La Cocina de Loisaida takes place in the Essex Kitchen – Essex Market's demonstration and teaching kitchen on the market's mezzanine level.

This series is presented in partnership with The Loisaida Center with the collective mission to preserve and pass down culinary heritage from the Lower East Side community. We invite all ages and abilities to join us for these unique, fun, celebratory cooking classes at Essex Market.


La Cocina de Loisaida es una serie mensual de clases de cocina en persona presentada por Loisaida Inc. y Essex Market, donde Maria Bido, chef casera y veterana del Lower East Site, comparte auténticas recetas y técnicas de cocina puertorriqueñas.

Cada mes exploraremos un nuevo lote de favoritos de la familia, todos basados ​​en sabores puertorriqueños y utilizando ingredientes de Essex Market.

¡En esta nueva temporada, aprende a crear el Plato Nacional Puertorriqueño (Arroz con Gandules), Arroz con Pollo, Pasteles, Coquito y muchos otros platos que son una combinación fenomenal de los sabores caribeños tradicionales!

Cada clase tendrá una duración aproximada de 1,5 a 2 horas e incluirá tiempo para saborear los platos que preparen juntos como grupo. La Cocina de Loisaida se lleva a cabo en Essex Kitchen, la cocina de demostración y enseñanza de Essex Market en el entrepiso del mercado.

Esta serie se presenta en asociación con The Loisaida Center con la misión colectiva de preservar y transmitir el patrimonio culinario de la comunidad del Lower East Side. Invitamos a todas las edades y habilidades a unirse a nosotros en estas clases de cocina únicas, divertidas y festivas en Essex Market.

Buy Your Tickets Early!

M.U.J.E.R. Pivot Application Now Open!

October – November 2023

Media Used for Justice Equity and Respect (M.U.J.E.R.) is a program that brings a unique opportunity for youth ages 18+ to young adults of up to 35 to lead an independent media production project to share a personal story, learn to develop strategic messaging, work on script writing, editing and more.

If you're a person of color, an ally of women, non-gender specific LGTBQ+A, emergent or pre-emergent creator, artist, media enthusiast, maker/inventor, entrepreneur, and creative, then you are all encouraged to apply.

Selected participants also receive a modest stipend for their commitment, consistent attendance, and participation throughout the program. Participants are chosen through an application process, applications are reviewed by a committee of fellow artists, professionals, educators, counselors, and community leaders.


Media Used for Justice Equity and Respect (M.U.J.E.R.) es un programa que brinda una oportunidad única para jóvenes mayores de 18 años y adultos jóvenes de hasta 35 años para liderar un proyecto de producción de medios independiente para compartir una historia personal, aprender a desarrollar mensajes estratégicos, trabajar en la redacción de guiones, editar y más.

Si eres una persona de color, una aliada de las mujeres, LGTBQ+A no específica de género, creadora emergente, artista, entusiasta de los medios, creadora/inventora, emprendedora y creativa, entonces te animamos a postularte.

Los participantes seleccionados también reciben un estipendio modesto por su compromiso, asistencia constante y participación durante todo el programa. Los participantes se eligen a través de un proceso de solicitud, las solicitudes son revisadas por un comité de compañeros artistas, profesionales, educadores, consejeros y líderes comunitarios.

Applications are open, register here! ¡Regístrese aquí!

Loisaida's ECOLIBRIUM program, in cooperation with Cooper Square Committee has launched RampUP/DrawDOWN! to help our community create a pathway toward zero emissions and a healthier environment.

We successfully completed our entry into the US Dept. of Energy's BuildingsUP! challenge, entering with commitments from 25 buildings and support from our elected officials. Using data collection and computer modeling our team will be able to model outcomes of building electrification and efficiency retrofits.

How can a Digital Twin of your building help fight climate change and save affordable housing?

ECOLIBRIUM with the help of Oak Ridge National Laboratories is creating Digital Twins of buildings in the Loisaida Neighborhood.

"Digital Twins" are computer models of individual buildings that can be used to simulate impacts of energy efficiency and building electrification on operating costs/rents, electric grid stress, and GHG emissions under varying environmental conditions. It can simulate changes made to buildings, systems, and appliances, that increase energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions. This digital twin of the Loisaida neighborhood includes models of 2000 buildings in Community Board 3 / NYC Council District 2.

Your building may be included. If you live in the district, you can participate more actively in the study by providing information specific to your building, including your own energy use and appliances. These inputs can applied to train the model to determine potentials for costs and savings at your site, and how to optimize improvements.

Digital Twins of Loisaida will help us all to envision and scale improvements in our community. It enables us to model strategies that will help us value and plan the needed investments and workforce capacity required for our community to reduce GHG emissions, adapt to climate extremes and mitigate risks.

Local Events & Opportunities

Poster-Making Learnshop

There's a Hurricane in Us

with Kevin Quiles Bonilla and Zaq Landsberg

Saturday, Ju1y 29th, 1pm at Amant

Artists Kevin Quiles Bonilla and Zaq Landsberg invite folks of all ages to make posters for their public art installation For centuries, and still…(anticipated completion) located within the Harlem Art Park.

This learnshop centers on a single prompt: “What does it mean to become a hurricane, both individually and collectively?” The poster-making activity is inspired by the interventions on construction site fencings all over New York, and is based on Kevin Quiles Bonilla’s past work “…is a hurricane”, in which he reimagined protests signs from the Black Lives Matter Movement and from the protests in Puerto Rico during the summer of 2019. Participants will be invited to create and personalize their own protest signs by reconsidering the imagery of the hurricane as a symbol of resistance and power.

The final results of this workshop will eventually be wheat pasted on the installation, located in Harlem Art Park, located at E 120th St &, Sylvan Pl, New York, NY 10035. All ages are welcome. Prior registration is recommended, drop-ins are welcome pending availability.

Image: Kevin Quiles Bonilla, There is a hurricane in us, 2023.

Register Here

LMCC 2024 Manhattan Arts Grants Now Open!

Applications Due Tuesday, September 12th, 2023 at 5pm

Calling all Manhattan artists and arts organizations! Applications for LMCC’s 2024 Manhattan Arts Grants are now open!

LMCC awards grants each year to Manhattan-based artists, collectives, and organizations engaging Manhattan communities through a wide range of artistic programming and events.

2024 Guidelines and Applications for Creative Engagement, Creative Learning, and UMEZ Arts Engagement are now live! The application deadline for all three programs is September 12, 2023, 5PM for projects taking place in 2024.

Meet program staff, get an overview of program requirements, and learn how to build a strong application by attending an interactive information session webinar. Attendance is required for first-time applicants to LMCC’s Manhattan Arts Grants. Returning applicants must attend a live session or watch a recorded session.

The full schedule of sessions and links to register can be accessed here: https://lmcc.net/rsvp.

Apply by Sep 12th!

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