3rd Annual Lower East Side History Month is Announced for May
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LES History Month 2015’s LES Stories; Photo by Cherylynn Tsushima
With spring just around the corner (though, not without some snow first), so is the 3rd annual Lower East Side History Month. As in years prior, the event (sponsored by FABnyc and Downtown Art) is set to kickoff May 1, and will once again unite local businesses and organizations through celebrating the neighborhood’s rich and diverse cultural heritage. This year, over 100 Lower East Side community groups, small businesses, and local artists are expected to participate.
The mainstay attractions are in place, including LES Stories, CHALK (a commemoration for the 146 garment workers who died in the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire), and the LES Community Heroes Awards. But there’s also plenty of new activities crammed into this year’s agenda.
Here are some new things to look for:
This third edition of LES History Month will also see a volunteer fair connecting local residents both old and new with opportunities to help one another; a video series spotlighting LOISAIDA’s community, culture, and history; a memorial project inviting the public to put up physical edifices on the streets of Lower East Side dedicated to community members who passed away in the previous year; and besides presenting their own programming, participating businesses and organizations will be contributing to the LES History Month blog highlighting their local, organizational, and personal histories in the neighborhood.
There’s even a requisite hashtag #LESmonth in place on Instagram, showcasing, well, history from last year’s programming, with the hopeful expectation that it will be used by the the social media community throughout the month of May.
We’re told an updated schedule of festivities and all news related to LES History Month will be available on the org’s website in February. But to find out more on participating at the individual or organizational level, head here.