Lower East Side History Month 2017 Events Announced

Lower East Side History Month 2017 Events AnnouncedOver eighty local museums, cultural groups, community organizations, gardens, and small businesses are participating in the 4th Annual Lower East Side History Month! For a full listing of all events and details, please go to www.leshistorymonth.org

  • Lower East Side Hero Awards - May 18th
  • Meet and Mobilize: Volunteer for the Lower East Side - May 21st
  • The State of LES - May 25th

Week two programs include...
Oral Stories Pop-Up Series - May 10th, 10am-12pm
Tell your Lower East Side story to New York Public Library historians at Manny Cantor Center's Weinberg Center. Share memories of your family, childhood or life in the neighborhood. Your story will be added to NYPL's city-wide Community Oral History Project! English on May 10th, Spanish on May 17th and Cantonese on May 24th.

Colonnade Row Presents The Great Astor Place Riots of 1849 (aka The Shakespeare Riots) - May 10th, 6:30pm-8pm On the 168th anniversary of the tragic event, just steps from where the actual riots happened, join New York's History Salon for director, writer, and teacher Ralph Lewis' presentation on this dark milestone of New York & American history.

Legislative Theatre Festival: Manhattan - May 10th, 7-10pm Watch actors perform stories about their real life experiences. Act out your ideas and work together to find solutions. Vote on proposed policy changes and make your voice heard by city legislators. Theater of the Oppressed NYC with a performance by Concrete Justice at University Settlement.

Protest & Celebration: Community Murals of the 1970s & 1980s in Loisaida and on the Historic Lower East Side - May 11th, 7pm-10pm An illustrated talk presented by Jane Weissman that looks at the significance of our community murals in a larger social, cultural, and political context, and how their themes and aesthetic styles changed over time. Co-sponsored by The Loisaida Center and Artmakers Inc.

Secreto - May 13th & 14th, 10am-6pm Artists Alliance Inc. and First Street Green Art Park co-present a collaborative installation by Chilean artist María P. Vila that seeks to engage communities around the world through collecting and sharing secrets. Based on the premise that secrets can generate shadowy places in our unconscious mind, Vila invites people to receive the secrets of others and release their own.

Stanton Street Shul and Siempre Verde Garden Present: Over the Rainbow: Lag B'Omer for Kids - May 14th, 10am-12pm
Extraordinary art and music teachers will help children decorate pots and place seeds in them to create Mothers Day presents. There will be marshmallow roasting and other fun activities! Join a walking tour this weekend!

Throughout the month, participating organizations present programming open to the public from walking tours (Merchant's House Museum, The Tenement Museum, Museum at Eldridge Street) to art exhibits (City Lore, ABC No Rio, Neighborhood Preservation Center, The Clemente Cultural Center) to film screenings (Anthology Film Archives, WOW Cafe Theatre). Signature community event The State of the LES (facilitated by Carlina Rivera and hosted by Downtown Art) will take place on May 25th and participating organizations (New Museum, New York Theatre Workshop) will also host open conversations and panel discussions around immigration throughout the month.
Lower East Side History Month 2017 Events Announced

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