The People’s LES

The People’s LES is a collaborative project initiated by FABnyc and Downtown Art. The project extends the annual celebration of Lower East Side History Month each May to a year-round program. The overall purpose of the People’s LES is to recognize and value the Lower East Side’s historic identity as a community of immigrants, workers, artists, and activists; develop a shared platform for both existing and new People’s LES stories and histories; commission public art works and murals related to those stories, and convene historians, artists, organizers, local leaders and residents in public dialogue which connect the past with the present, and help shape a future vision for the neighborhood.

Featured image courtesy of Sixth Street Community Center and 596 Acres.

Initial Contributing Organizations

Below the Grid Lab

Downtown Art (DTA)

The Art, Education, and Community Practice
Program at NYU Steinhardt School of
Culture, Education, and Human Development

Five Boro Story Project

Fourth Arts Block (FABnyc)

Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP)

Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES)

James Maher Photography

LES Ready!

Loisaida Center

Museum of Chinese in America (MoCA)

Sixth Street Community Center

Ukrainian Museum