The State of the Lower East Side

a community conversation

co-facilitated by Carlina Rivera and Downtown Art youth members Juanita Andrade, Sanique Delpesche, and Mae Hardman-Hill

Tuesday, May 31
6:30pm - 8pm
15 minute performance followed by conversation & dessert

Downtown Art
61 East 4th Street, 7th Floor
between Second Ave / Bowery
a special event for Lower East Side History Month

Downtown Art members interviewed 21 LES residents and workers, students and local leaders, to ask them to describe the state of the LES, the pathways forward, and what gives them hope. We'll share excerpts from these interviews through a 15 minute performance - and continue this conversation with those attending.

Thanks to all who allowed us to interview them for this project -

Jimmy Carbone - small business/resident
Maria Velez Clarke - educator 
Kerri Culhane - community nonprofit
Shawn Dahl - resident
Maya Faerstein-Weiss - student/resident
Libertad Guerra - cultural
Jan Hanvik - cultural / resident
Dan Ping He - community nonprofit / resident
Dylan House - community nonprofit
Brandon Kielbasa - tenant organizer
Rosie Mendez - city councilmember / resident
Mariana Quinn Makwaia - artist / resident
Gary Morsden - teacher
Natalie Raben - economic development
Carlina Rivera - legislative / resident
Saige Rodriguez - student / resident
Jamie Rogers - small business / resident
Dakota Scott - artist & manager / resident
Risa Shoup - cultural
Susan Stetzer - community board manager / resident
Tato Torres - cultural

'The State of the Lower East Side' is made possible, in part, through public funding from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.