Downtown Art works with young artists and other community members to create original theater, music, and performance events. Through their art and collaborations, they seek to build a community of engagement, creativity, and mutual support. Downtown Art has been resident for more than two decades on East 4th Street between Second Avenue and Bowery and the neighborhood is central to Downtown Art’s concept of community. They are involved in a wide range of community efforts and have created a series of original performances based on Lower East Side history.
For the past fifteen years, Downtown Art has been led by Ryan Gilliam, a director, playwright, and producer. Downtown Art has a longstanding commitment to working with teens and demonstrating the power, intelligence, vision, sensitivity and enormous capacity for creativity that teens possess. Downtown Art believes that to grow creatively, young people need serious creative challenges and to grow as community leaders, young people need both a community and opportunities to lead within it. By demonstrating the capacity of the young artists in our company, Downtown Art demonstrates the potential in all young people.