Unsurprisingly, stories and storytelling feature strongly in the events happening across the month. LES Stories invite participation from the neighborhood and wider NYC residents/visitors to engage in a more active (sometimes physical) way with the narratives that exist and continue to form in the Lower East Side. Empathy begins from the individual, and as passionate advocates for the neighborhood, one of the best ways to cultivate care is to interact with the very act of making and telling the stories.

In this post, we highlight a few LES Stories you do not want to miss!


LES Stories Community Kickoff Event: Chalking the LES – May 1 & 2
The signature LES History Month community event, chalk the sidewalks and fill the streets with Lower East Side trivia, fun facts, and historical happenings! Participating organizations can be found on the website but individual volunteers will also be spreading out across the neighborhood to kickoff LES History Month!

Individuals can get in touch with Ryan (ryan@downtownart.org) if you would like to join the larger visibility efforts, or you are also free to chalk right outside your doorstep! Morning meetups are at First Street Green (May 1, 10am; May 2, 9am) and we will be treated to some of the best bagels & schmear from Kossar’s and coffee from MUD!


Bowery Artist Tribute (also part of Chalking the LES)
The digital archive makes its way to a living, breathing, action! Organized by the New Museum, the Bowery Artist Tribute is the Museum’s research project chronicling artists who have lived and worked on or near the Bowery. New Museum will be focussing on the Bowery and will be chalking drawings, stories, and historical accounts.

typers 1Typewritten Tales – Sundays in May (May 1, 8, 15, 2-4pm; May 29 6-8pm)
Organized by artists Anna Adler & Sally Young, join them and featured guests at 6th & B Garden to type up and share your LES Stories! Your story will have the opportunity to be included in the 2nd annual LES Zine as part of Typewritten Tales.

You can also check out Typewritten Tale writer Barbara Henning’s guest blog post minding Tompkins Square Park on the LES History Month blog.


Dim Sum WarriorsDimSum and then Some – May 7, 10am – 5pm
University Settlement partners with our company in residence, The Dim Sum Warriors Troupe, and The Museum of Chinese in America to celebrate Lower East Side History Month.

Join University Settlement for a DimSum Party with The DimSum Warriors Troupe (company in residence) and a visit to The Museum of Chinese in America (MoCA); create art and theater with interdisciplinary Asian artists making work in the Lower East Side! Families can sign up for one or all parts of the day.

Here’s a brief rundown of the event’s schedule:
10:00am – 11:15pm DIM SUM TOY TEA PARTY
1pm – 1:30 Dim Sum Party!
1:45 Walk with US to MOCA
2-4 pm MOCACREATE: Tote-able Quilts! featuring MoCA’s newest exhibition, Stage Design by Ming Cho Lee.


A Generative City – May 24
Join the New Museum and Performance Space 122 for a Long Table format discussion. The Long Table format was developed by artist Lois Weaver and experiments with participation and public engagement by reappropriating the dinner table as a public forum for informal conversations on serious topics. The event centers around a fifteen-foot table surrounded by twelve chairs and encourages anyone and everyone to take turns sitting down , ask questions, spark debate, listen, and share ideas.

RSVP by May 22 HERE.

You can also follow along on Twitter during the night of the event at #generativecity.


The 3rd Annual Loisaida Fest Theater Lab – May 29theaterlab promo01 LESHM 700x
Part of the Loisaida Festival produced and hosted by Loisaida Inc, the Loisaida Fest Theater Lab is anchored at La Plaza Cultural of Armando Perez Community Garden (Southwest corner of 9th Street and Avenue C) and features a full program of presentations, music and workshops will offer the audience the possibility to be a part of the creative process of play, partake in a range of theater workshops or sit down and enjoy a live performance/theater piece!

Stay tuned for the next highlights posts on tours for the month!

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