SI has launched a Community Engagement Initiative to offer creative experiences and programming for a breadth of audiences within the East Village. Programs are held in partnership with celebrated neighborhood organizations, including long-established East Village nonprofits such as the Women’s Prison Association, the Sirovich Center for Balanced Living, GO Project, and local schools to serve approximately 1,000+ East Village/LES youth, families, and seniors throughout the upcoming year. SI is proudly partnering with Brooklyn-based nonprofit Young New Yorkers as they expand to serve more young people in Lower Manhattan. SI is also a member of Fourth Arts Block, a prominent community organization strengthening the cultural vitality of the LES. Please check all our partners’ websites to learn more about their excellent work and ways to be involved.
SI is located within Manhattan Community Board 3 (CB3). The CB3 district spans the East Village, Lower East Side, and parts of Chinatown and is one of the most densely populated districts in the city. A third of the residents of CB3 are foreign born and in addition to English, Spanish and Chinese, dozens of languages can be heard throughout this historic neighborhood. This corner of New York City has always been a destination for immigrants and artists, and as an arts institution founded by immigrants and free to the public, SI has deep roots in providing access to cultural engagements to all residents of New York and beyond.