La Plaza Cultural - Art In Community Gardens
- Subject: [cg] La Plaza Cultural - Art In Community Gardens
- From: Adam36055@aol.com
- Date: Sat, 5 Oct 2002 10:22:44 EDT
Dear ACGA Friends,
One of the good things about the recent NY Community Garden settlement is the
preservation status of "La Plaza Cultural" on 9th Ave. and Avenue C in
<A HREF="http://www.laplazacultural.org/main.html">Viva ! La Plaza Cultural
A cultural as well as a horticultural oasis, La Plaza's hand hewn ampitheater
( made from rubble) is the site for hundreds of free theatrical, experimental
art pieces, poetry readings and concerts every year. The garden also hosts
visual arts events as well. Under the leadership of Caroline Ratcliffe, La
Plaza Cultural has become an important arts venue in a city known for them.
Unfortunatly, La Plaza Cultural is not out of the woods yet. A politically
connected senior services provider has been vying for this corner site for a
long time. If this garden is not picked up by NY Parks, it's possible that
it could fall between the cracks during a possible bid to be picked up by a
not-for-profit land trust .
I've attached a recent news release as an example of the work this garden
For Immediate Release, September 23, 2002
An Art Show celebrating the resiliency of the Community Gardens
Lower East Side Artists Hold Second Annual Exhibition at La Plaza Cultural
From October 5-14 in La Plaza Cultural Artistas de Loisiada will host
Renascence1, an exhibit of art.
Los Artistas de Loisaida is a multicultural group of painters, photographers,
printmakers, and sculptors who take inspiration from the many gardens of New
York City''s Lower East Side, aka "Loisaida".
Renascence 1 Los Artistas de Loisiada will host a reception on Saturday
October 5 from 5 until 8 PM, presenting a diverse group of two- and
three-dimensional works by artists involved with New York City's community
La Plaza Cultural is located on the southwest corner of East Ninth Street and
Avenue C. The open hours are Saturday and Sunday from 12-5 p..m. and
whenever a gardener is present.
Who: Artistas de Loisaida
What: Renascence 1 An exhibition of art celebrating the resiliency of New
York City' and its community gardens.
Where: La Plaza Cultural -the s/w corner of E. 9th St. and Ave C.
When: October 5 through October 14, 2002. Opening Reception: La Plaza
Cultural-Saturday, October 5, 5-8 p.m.
Contact: Carolyn Ratcliffe, 212-674-4057, (917)318-1684; Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org; site: www.laplazacultural.org
Should you feel moved to help permanently preserve this garden, please
contact Carolyn Ratcliffe at the above e-mail address for the NYC Parks
Commissioner and the elected officials she feels would be most helpful to the
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