Saturday October 21, 2023 & Sunday October 22, 2023
organized by FABnyc with 20+ Lower East Side organizations
a special event organized for Open House NY

LES Arts & Culture Open House, happening as part of the citywide Open House NY weekend, is intended to give folks an opportunity to spend time in 20+ cultural spaces in the LES without a ticket to a show or the cost of admission.

All organizations will have staff available to welcome you, answer questions, and show you their space — many offer special free activities such as tours, exhibits, workshops, and performances.

Join us to explore, choose-your-own-adventure, and learn more about the organizations and their programs straight from the people behind the scenes.

Saturday Oct 21

Abrons Arts Center | Artists Alliance Inc.Bond Street Theater | Dorill Initiative | Downtown Art | Duo Multicultural Arts Center (DMAC) | Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc) | IATI Theater | La MaMa Experimental Theater Club | The Lower Eastside Girls Club | New York Theatre Workshop | The Performance Project @ University Settlement | Printed Matter/St. Mark’s | Rod Rodgers Dance Company | Swiss Institute | Think!Chinatown | The Ukrainian Museum | wild project | WOW Café Theater
Sunday Oct 22
The Clemente Center | The Tenement Museum

LES Arts & Culture OPEN HOUSE

Abrons Arts Center | 466 Grand Street | Sat Oct 21, 5pm-7pm 

Meet Ali Rosa-Salas, Vice President of Visual and Performing Arts at Abrons, and learn more about the Center’s programming. More info.

Artists Alliance Inc | 88 Essex Street no 21 | Sat Oct 21, 1pm-3pm 

Join a curatorial tour of Geografia(s) del Jiquilite al Añil. Curator Natalia Viera will guide visitors through this solo exhibition featuring new work by La Residencia artist Leila Mattina Gregory. More info.

Bond Street Theatre | Great Jones Alley (between 2 Bond Street and 670 Broadway)| Sat Oct 21, 2pm-5pm

Take a stilt walking lesson using Bond Street Theater’s trainer stilts, view a gallery of images from their many world wide projects, and check out their giant tricycle: Le Velo Rouge. More info. 

The Clemente Center | 107 Suffolk Street | Sun Oct 22, Time TBD

Visit Artist Open Studios — Gloria Zelaya (Artistic Director of FELT), David Friedman, Linda Griggs and Allen Hansen, Claudia Claremi (with project Memoria de las frutas), Patricia Cazorla and Nancy Saleme, Ace Lehner and Libby Paloma, and Lisa Hanson — and take a curator-led tour in the Abrazo Gallery: Dada las Circunstancias with Silvia Benedetti. More info. 

Dorill Initiative | Grand Street Settlement, 80 Pitt Street | Sat Oct 21, 2pm-4:30pm

See Dorill’s Young Citizen Artists in Creative Maker Space and watch a Dress Rehearsal for a special performance at their Love Through Art Gala. More info. 

Downtown Art | 70 East 4th Street | Sat Oct 21, 2pm-5pm

Visit DTA’s backyard for hands on arts activities and a tour of their mural which celebrates women activists of the LES. More info. 

Duo Multicultural Arts Center (DMAC) | 62 East 4th Street | Sat Oct 21, 2pm-4pm

Make contact. Part art installation, part one man show, CONTACT by Michelangelo Alasa (DMAC’s founder) is told with wit, heart, humor and beautifully stunning visuals.. More info. 

Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc) | 70 East 4th Street | Sat Oct 21, 2pm-5pm

Drop in for hands on arts activities with FAB teaching artists and learn about our founding story – the successful fight to create the East 4th Street Cultural District – and our programs. More info.

IATI Theater | 64 East 4th Street | Sat Oct 21, 2pm-4pm

Walk through IATI’s newly renovated building & get a sneak peek of their performance spaces set to debut in 2024. Experience the legacy, culture, and creativity that make IATI one of the oldest and most influential Latinx theater companies in NYC. More info. 

La MaMa Experimental Theater Club | 66 East 4th Street & 74A E 4th Street | Sat Oct 21, 2pm-4pm

Catch this chance to look into the historic 66 E 4th building, the Ellen Stewart Theatre and The Downstairs Theatre, where the Off-Off Broadway movement developed. More info. 

The Lower Eastside Girls Club | 402 East 8th Street | Sat Oct 21, 2pm-4pm 

Explore the facilities, artwork, rooftop garden, and ethos of The Lower Eastside Girls Club. More info.

New York Theatre Workshop | 72 East 4th Street | Sat Oct 21, 2pm-5pm

Speak directly with NYTW staff to learn more about upcoming educational workshops, networking events, open salons, upcoming productions, and their For the Culture series. More info.

The Performance Project @ University Settlement | 184 Eldridge Street | Sat Oct 21, 2pm-5pm 

Learn about the oldest Settlement House in the United States, the over 135-year impact University Settlement has had on New York City, its communities, and its history. More info.

Printed Matter / St Marks | 38 St Marks Place | Sat Oct 21, 12pm-8pm with programming 1pm-4pm

Here you’ll find everything from locally-made zines to rare historical books. From 1-4pm, join a zine-making workshop. Using simple (yet versatile) methods, visitors can make and take home their own artist books. More info.

Rod Rodgers Dance Company| 62 East 4th Street | Sat Oct 21, 1-3pm

Take or watch a Flamenco or Hip Hop movement class! Staff on site will also answer questions on the history of the company and their building’s architecturally unique and landmarked facade. More info.

Swiss Institute| 38 St Marks Place | Sat Oct 21, 2pm-5pm

Visit SI’s latest exhibitions: Ozoned Station by Guillaume Dénervaud, Humble and quiet and soothing as mud by Ali Cherri, and Spora. At 3pm, participate in a special hands-on art workshop designed for adults that explores ideas of sustainable architecture and design.. More info.

The Tenement Museum | 103 Orchard Street | Sun Oct 22, 11am-2pm | RSVP through OHNY Required

Get a sneak preview of the Tenement Museum’s new exhibit A Union of Hope: 1869, where they share the real story of Joseph and Rachel Moore, a Black family making a home in a tenement after the Civil War. More info.

Think!Chinatown| 1 Pike Street | Sat Oct 21, 2pm-5pm

Get to know some emerging Asian American artists. Think!Chinatown will open up their studio for exhibition gallery hours with exhibition curator Sophia Ma. More info. 

The Ukrainian Museum | 222 East 6th Street | Sat Oct 21, 2pm-4pm

Visit new exhibitions Ukrainian Garments x Helena Christensen and Maria Prymachenko. Staff will be available to provide a more intimate look on the displayed works, the artists’ legacies, and the process of curating these exhibitions. More info.

wild project | 195 East 3rd Street | Sat Oct 21, 2pm-4pm 

Check out wild project’s 89-seat theater and learn more about how they support indie artists, and how they operate as eco-friendly. More info.

WOW Café Theatre | 59-61 East 4th Street #4 | Sat Oct 21, 2pm-7pm

Learn about WOW — a volunteer, collectively run performance space for women and/or trans and/or non-binary artists. Browse their archives, view performances, and learn about their rich history in the LES performing arts scene. More info.