Loisaida, Inc. stands firm on its original mission – to address the serious economic and social disenfranchisement of poor and low income Latino residents, with employment and training opportunities, comprehensive youth development initiatives, as well as neighborhood revitalization activities that positively highlight the rich culture, heritage, and contribution of the Puerto Rican and Latin American community in this City – while offering programming that meets the demands of the times and the neighborhood’s changing demographic. In its home in 710 East 9th Street, Loisaida builds a connection between community, learners, artists and scholars through affordable education opportunities in cultural fields, S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) design and everyday life. Loisaida’s approach celebrates the urban surroundings, grassroots invention and immigrant spirit of the Loisaida neighborhood in its dedication to celebrate Latino cultural vitality and their contributions to NYC. Its new multi-purpose space, The Loisaida Center, aims to become an incubator for self-sustainable artisanal technology, and culinary arts entrepreneurial initiatives.
Residencies or Fellowships
Loisaida Center is a platform for contemporary and emerging artists and cultural producers working in a variety of disciplines like: music, theater, performance art, poetry, dance, visual arts, creative writing, cultural research and more. The Residency Program has a local focus, yet is international in scope; selection criteria favors projects that explore/reflect a Latino sensibility, the challenges/diversity of our city and engage Spanish or multi-lingual aspects. Applications are accepted on a rolling open call basis. Applicants must fill out an application form and email a short proposal about their proposed project. Resident Artists will be provided with a budget for project materials and rehearsal/creative space, while bringing a substantial amount of activities to the Center. The selecting committee is comprised of the center’s chief curator and an Artistic Advisory Board.
Access to Space and Resources
El Semillero is what we call the new 2018 Media & Technology component at the Loisaida Inc. Center. It is an idea-activator, a makerspace for creative cross-training, prototyping, and multi-disciplinary collaboration. The community can make use of our low and high-tech equipment and facilities in addition to the roster of workshops we’re offering for personal and professional development. El Semillero will support vocational and career training for youth and adults in media, culinary arts, printmaking, design, and coding.
Garbagia is an ongoing summer program highlighting and revitalizing the migrant experience, our neighborhood’s historical inventiveness, and ecological resilience. Our 2018 summer program for collaborative and individual projects in textiles, gleaning, sculpture and painting was a resounding success. Community members joined the program to transform garbage into beautiful art, then showcase their work with a final community celebration at the historic Plaza Cultural community garden all while in keeping with neighborhood tradition.