Current Projects


THE PEOPLE’S LES: a collaborative project with FABnyc
We’re working with partners across the Lower East Side to create an online platform for a ‘people’s history’ of our community, to be launched in February 2018.  As part of the project, we are commissioning artist Raul Ayala to develop a new mural in our rear yard which reflects a history of East 4th Street and co-hosting a series of public dialogues on collaborations between artists and community organizers.

Native Art Department International in residence through June 30, in a collaborative program with FABnyc

Youth | Arts | Activism Commission & Residency
Proposals due February 21
Arts projects that engage youth and address a social justice issue can apply to our new residency.  Residency period: March 1 – June 30; includes $3500 commissioning fee.
More info and application form HERE

Performance / Social Justice Residencies
Proposals due March 10
Downtown Art will host three one-week residencies in spring 2018. Residency weeks will be:  May 7 – 13, June 4-10, and June 25-July 1.  Each residency includes one week in our black box theater for rehearsal, tech, up to three public presentations, and a $500 fee.  Projects should address a social justice issue and include opportunities for dialogue with attendees.
More info and application form HERE

LES People Power:  A collaboration with Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), LESReady!, and artists Raul Ayala and Antigona Gonzalez

Lower East Side History Month – Downtown Art is co-founder and co-chair of LES History Month, which will take place for the 5th year in May 2018.  Special events during the month which we lead include LES Stories / Chalking the LES: a large scale community event to chalk the history of the LES on its streets and LES Community Hero Awards:  recognizes residents and workers whose contribution to the community are not widely known – our ‘unsung’ heros

LITTLE ROCK Project:  In September, Downtown Art and Immigrant Movement International had an exchange between our youth artists and theirs

Other Projects & Events

  • Downtown Art is working closely with FABnyc – and as part of that partnership is hosting FABnyc workshops, programs, and staff at 70 East 4th Street.
  • GUEST ARTISTS:  We provide affordable rehearsal and performance space for artists addressing social justice issues
  • COMMUNITY SPACE:  free or low cost space for community organizers hosting meetings and events; recent organizers include Cooper Square Committee, Artists Creating Real Equity (ACRE), Babies Don’t Belong in Boxes,
  • DANCE BLOCK – A FABnyc program:  Downtown Art participates in this affordable rehearsal space program for dance artists
  • Workshops on music recording and editing for DTA ‘Grad’ artists by Michael Hickey