April 3rd, 2023

Hello The Loisaida,

The 36th Annual Loisaida Festival is on Sunday, May 28th, 2023 from 11am-5pm on Avenue C - Loisaida Avenue Cultural Corridor, spanning along 14th Street through 5th Street.

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

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The Ecolibrium program at the Loisaida Center is conducting a holistic assessment of our Lower East Side neighborhood. We study how the built and natural urban environment influences our lives, health, and safety, and how we can use what we learn to better plan and improve our buildings, natural environment, and indoor & outdoor air quality, while reducing energy use and eliminating harmful emissions that harm our health and accelerate climate change.

Become a member our our multi-disciplinary team!

Are you are interested in learning about climate change, air quality, environmental harms, and public health while developing skills and understanding of data analysis, environmental sensing/monitoring, public engagement, science communications through the use of story telling and digital tools? Apply now!

Apply by April 14th!

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.

La Cocina de Loisaida: Cinco de Mayo with a Puerto Rican Twist

Thursday, May 4th & Saturday, May 6th

April's La Cocina de Loisaida lessons, Puerto Rican Vegan Fiesta de Tapas, have already SOLD OUT! Be among the first to get your tickets for next month's class!

Let's get ready for Cinco de Mayo and add a Puerto Rican Twist to the delicacies we all adore from our Mexican Brothers & Sisters!

For this occasion, participants will prepare Pulled Garlic Chicken, Arepa de Maiz, Guacamole & Pickled Red Onions, and Churros.

The dishes we will make are a phenomenal combination of traditional Caribbean Flavors! Learn how to make them with the one and only Maria Bido in next month's sessions of La Cocina de Loisaida on Thursday, May 4th and Saturday, May 6th.

Buy your ticket now!

Marissa Molina - Thrive Collective

A special look at the work of artist and muralist Marissa Molina from Thrive Collective on the mural art gifted to the Loisaida Center.

Watch on LoisaidaTV

Open Calls & Opportunities

National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) Scholarship Program 

Each year, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade awards 100 scholarships valued at $2,000 each, for a total $200,000, to exceptional students of Puerto Rican descent who are making a difference in their communities. To be eligible for scholarship consideration, applicants must meet the following criteria:


  • Be of Puerto Rican descent.
  • Have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better, or an equivalent high school grade.
  • Be a high school senior or freshman through junior in college, ages of 17 through 25.
  • Be enrolled in an accredited two or four-year college/university, for college students.
  • Have a track record of doing volunteer work or community service.
  • Participate in an interview with a member(s) of the scholarship selection committee.

For more info, email scholarships@nprdpinc.org 

Apply Now

Wearable Art for a Purpose Roundtable Discussion

April 10th, 4:30 - 5:30pm

This round table discussion is the preface to the Fashion Show and visual arts exhibition that provokes conversations about consumer trends, fast fashion, and other commercial ailments.

Tired of social disparities? Use your purchasing power to change it! This fashion show and exhibition will start conversations about consumer trends, fast fashion, and other commercial conversations that will have you thinking before you make that next fast-fashion purchase. Fight the status quo, and get to know what your purchasing power is truly buying!

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Whitney Kids

Recorridos Familiares

Sábado 15 de abril

12–1 pm

En todo el Whitney

Familias con niños y niñas de cinco años o más

Invitamos a las familias de habla hispana con niños y niñas de cinco años o más a que, junto al personal docente del Whitney, recorran las salas del museo y participen en divertidas actividades grupales de creación artística. Quédense después de la visita guiada para crear arte con nuestro programa Open Studio para familias con niños y niñas de todas las edades.

Esta visita guiada es gratuita, pero debe registrarse.

Si tiene consultas sobre las próximas visitas guiadas, envíe un mensaje a amilyprograms@whitney.org.

Obtenga más información sobre el acceso a los servicios y las instalaciones.


LMCC Workspace Residency 2023-2024

Deadline: April 18th, 5pm EST

LMCC's Workspace is a nine-month studio-based residency program that focuses on the creative process and cohort development for emerging artists. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to grow your artistic practice and connect with a vibrant community of creatives.

At its core, Workspace nurtures experimentation, creative risk-taking, collaboration, learning, and skill sharing through regular opportunities for dialogue with peers and arts professionals. Participating artists are provided round-the-clock access to semi-private studios based in a commercial space in Lower

Manhattan and are expected to engage with the cohort for the full duration of the nine-month program.

More Info

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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. 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