The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center Inc. is a Puerto Rican/Latino cultural institution that has demonstrated a broad-minded cultural vision and a collaborative philosophy. While CSV’s mission is focused on the cultivation, presentation, and preservation of Puerto Rican and Latino culture, it is equally determined to operate in a multi-cultural and inclusive manner, housing and promoting artists and performance events that fully reflect the cultural diversity of the Lower East Side and the city as a whole.
The Clemente’s largest program is that of providing subsidized space – 43 visual art studios and 11 not-for-profit arts organizations on a long-term rental basis – and 4 theaters and 3 rehearsal rooms on a short-term rental basis. There are also 3 art galleries, proposals for the use of which are reviewed by the Programming Committee.
The Clemente is housed in the historic former P.S. 160, built in 1898 by visionary New York City Department of Education Superintendent for Architecture C.B.J. Snyder. It has recently completed a multi-million dollar exterior renovation funded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and is about to begin a code-compliant interior renovation.