Current Projects


Coming Soon — Announcements on New Requests for Proposals for

Arts | Activism Commissions — Open Call for submissions from artists in all disciplines.  Commissioning fees for new works which combine arts and activism.  Special consideration of projects engaging youth or taking place in the Lower East Side.

Performance | Social Justice Residencies — Open call for proposals for one week residencies in Downtown Art’s black box theater, includes a commissioning fee and technical support.


Ongoing Programs

Space Share:  Affordable rehearsal space for artists developing projects with a social justice orientation.  Preference for projects led by artists of color.  Rates of $15/hour.

Community Space grants:  Limited number of space grants available to cultural and community nonprofits for gatherings and public events.

THE PEOPLE’S LES: a collaborative project with FABnyc, which includes annual celebrations of Lower East Side History Month (originally organized by Downtown Art and FABnyc), which celebrates a ‘people’s history’ of our community.  Check out the online platform at for upcoming events.

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, the LES Community Hero Awards:  recognizes residents and workers whose contribution to the community are not widely known – our ‘unsung’ heros, and the State of the LES: a community dialogue on where we are and the future we want to shape.

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.
  • 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