Essential Elements, Art Loisaida Foundation, IDEAS CITY, Untapped Capital, 2013. Graphic: Onno de Jong, Circular Creation
Teaming with a variety of neighborhood initiatives including East Village Dance Project Teen Company, LES Performing Arts, LES Preservation Initiative, Loisiada United Neighborhood Gardens(LUNGS), 154 Smartclothes Gallery, Circular Creation, and LIVE magazine, this Lower East Side artist collective highlights the problems with, and potential in, the everyday urban experience.
The earth’s elements—air, fire, water, earth, metal, and wood—provide a thematic backdrop for this series of events:
An opening reception of a sculpture exhibition featuring works in wood and metal by Mario Bustamante and Jose Landoni with poetry by Jeff Wright, music by Elodie Lauten, and a dance performance by the East Village Dance Project Teen Company choreographed by Chloe London (154 Smartclothes Gallery, 6–9 p.m., 154 Stanton St.).
A dance performance at De Colores Community Garden with sculpture by Kathy Creutzburg, music by Elodie Lauten, and poetry by Jeff Wright (5 p.m., East 8th street between Avenue B and C).
A dance performance held at 11 BC Community Garden with sculpture by Kathy Creutzburg, music by Elodie Lauten, and poetry by Jeff Wright (5 p.m., 626 East 11th Street).
A panel on green living in the city at Campos Garden, moderator Richard Moses, RA (1–3 p.m., 628 East 12th Street).
A dance performance by East Village Dance Project Teen Company, choreographed by Chloe London music by Elodie Lauten, sculpture by Kathy Creutzburg, and poetry by Jeff Wright (Campos Garden 3:30–5 p.m., 628 East 12th Street).
Closing reception at Campos Garden (5–6 p.m.).
LES Performing ARts (LESPA), LES Preservation Initiative (LESPI), Smart Clothes Gallery, East Village Dance Project, Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens (LUNGS), LIVE Mag, Circular Creation.
Art Loisiada Foundation is a 501©3 Arts and Cultural organization that grew out of a multicultural East Village Artist Collaborative, Artistas de Loisaida, which started organizing art and multidisciplinary performance events and free children’s art workshops in 1995 in the East Village, focusing on the preservation of community green space and the environment. The primary purpose of the organization is to promote the arts of the residents of the Loisaida/East Village/LES area of Manhattan by presenting these events in local and international venues as some of our artists are recent immigrants. Funding for these events have been received from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership New York City Council member Rosie Mendez, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, and individual donations.
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