Current Projects


Commissions and Residencies — Open Call for submissions from artists in all disciplines.  Commissioning fees for new works which combine arts and activism.  May opt to request a residency in DTA’s theater.

Youth Workshop Commissions – Open call for artists & organizers for youth workshops (up to age 24) which combine art and activism.

Space Share:  Affordable rehearsal and performance space for artists developing projects with a social justice orientation.

Community Space grants:  Limited number of space grants available to cultural and community nonprofits for gatherings and public events.

PROJECTS happening now

Hatuey Ramos-Fermin commission in collaboration with FABnyc; connected to supporting small business survival, partner Cooper Square Committee

Raul Ayala commission in collaboration with FABnyc, connected to advocacy for public housing residents, partner GOLES

THE PEOPLE’S LES: a collaborative project with FABnyc, which includes annual celebrations of Lower East Side History Month (originally organized by Downtown Art and FABnyc), which celebrates a ‘people’s history’ of our community.  Check out the online platform at for upcoming events.

Lower East Side History Month – Downtown Art is co-founder and co-chair of LES History Month, which will take place for the 5th year in May 2018.  Special events during the month which we lead include LES Stories / Chalking the LES: a large scale community event to chalk the history of the LES on its streets, the LES Community Hero Awards:  recognizes residents and workers whose contribution to the community are not widely known – our ‘unsung’ heros, and the State of the LES: a community dialogue on where we are and the future we want to shape.

Other Projects & Events

  • Downtown Art is working closely with FABnyc – and as part of that partnership is hosting FABnyc workshops, programs, and staff at 70 East 4th Street.
  • DANCE BLOCK – A FABnyc program:  Downtown Art participates in this affordable rehearsal space program for dance artists
  • Workshops on music recording and editing for DTA ‘Grad’ artists by Michael Hickey