SAVE THE DATE - Spring Load OUT!

Photo by Whitney Browne

Load OUT!

A Biannual Reuse & Repurposing Riot

Saturday, April 11th
11 am – 2 pm

Helping artists recycle since 2011 

Join us for our 9th annual Load OUT! All arts and cultural groups, non-profits, and community members are invited to donate sets, costumes, props and office equipment they no longer need, to be made available to other artists. 

Specially featured this year is artist Ged Merino, who will engage the public in making sculptures from old shoes and fabric. We are asking everyone to participate and bring their old shoes to donate so that together, we can create unique sculptures...with a purpose. 

After the exhibition, the bound shoes will be shipped to the Philippines, where they will be displayed in a local gallery. The shoe-sculptures will then be donated to victims of Typhoon Haiyan to be unbound and worn again, giving the shoes a second, meaningful life.

Admission: FREE for artists, students, or with usable pairs of shoes. $5 for general public.

We will be collecting your gently used materials (including, clothing, props, costumes, vintage lunch boxes, etc.) on Friday, April 10th. For larger donations, please contact Patrick Jaojoco at to schedule a drop-off time.

We will also be taking smaller donations on April 11th between 10 am and 11 am. Stay tuned for more information!



Wanted: community rockstars, heavy lifters, movers, shakers

Provided: pizza, coffee, community involvement, general FAB fun

All volunteers must be available for 3 hour shifts on Saturday, April 11th, between 9:30 am and 2 pm. Volunteers must be physically able; minimal heavy lifting required.

Volunteer inquiries should be directed to

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FREE E-Waste & Clothing/Textile Collection provided by:

Lower East Side Ecology Center

 GrowNYC / Wearable Collections

United War Veterans Recycling

Lower East Side History Month (LESHM)


Last May, more than thirty Lower East Side-based cultural and community groups collaborated to launch Lower East Side (LES) History Month, an annual celebration of the rich, diverse history of New York City’s Lower East Side. This May will mark the second annual LES History Month, and we're gearing up for an even bigger collection of partners and events!

Throughout the month, dozens of public events, exhibits, tours, and learning opportunities will take place within the historical definition of the Lower East Side, which includes the East Village, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Alphabet City.

Conceived and launched by LES-based cultural and community groups, LES History Month aims to connect our present to our past, exploring how our history can inform and inspire our future.

Special kickoff activities include ‘Chalk LES’, an interactive project encouraging anyone and everyone to share memories and images of the Lower East Side on the city’s pavements; and the Lower East Side Community Heroes Awards, which aims to highlight underappreciated heroes in the neighborhood.

Interested individuals and organizations are welcome to participate next May, 2015. Please fill out the Invitation to Participate form at

Twitter: #LESmonth
Facebook: LES History Month

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