"More than any other element, the arts are vital to the economic engine of a Community."
We want to ensure that the arts are an integral part of the neighborhood and aid in its growth - now and in the future. By stimulating and encouraging presentations of performing and visual arts we will help cultivate and expand the publics' interest.
We envision an entity that will showcase the area's rich artistic culture, produce collaborations between resident and international artists and pump the already growing local economy.
"The idea is to hold activities where we celebrate a lot of the arts of East Harlem and bring in artists from outside."
"We're trying to generate additional excitement around our individual events, and create a model for a collaborative international interaction"
Cultural participation may be a “path of engagement” to help foster other forms of civic participation. Furthermore, cultural participation may provide a basis for strengthening community bonds. In this view, cultural participation helps people articulate important aspects of themselves and their communities, thus encouraging attitudes, values and social ties that underpin a well-functioning society. Our initiative provides a meeting ground for people interested in expanding arts and cultural participation as well as a place for people interested in strengthening communities.