NYC Council’s Cultural Immigrant Initiative: DMP/Art Loisiada Foundation’s Joint events

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In partnership with the New York City Council’s Cultural Immigrant Initiative (Many thanks Councilmember Carlina Rivera).

Garden Stories Workshops for Children’s Workshop School 3rd Graders 09/19-06/20

Art Loisiada Foundation & Campos Community Garden produce Garden Stories Workshops for Childrens Workshop School and A Dia De Los Muertos event in Campos Community Garden. There are four workshops in the garden in each fall and spring semester, culminating in a pizza class or harvest feast. Because of COVID-19 we had to videotape the spring module as schools and community gardens were closed.

Garden Planting Workshops

Garden planting workshops in Campos Community Garden 09/-10/19 Garden Stories
Garden planting workshops in Campos Community Garden 09/-10/19

The Fall workshops were taught by Adrian Van Der Nes, Gary Meyers, Carolyn Ratcliffe & Gladys Feliciano The spring gardening workshops were taught by master gardener, Christopher Batenhorst and Gladys Feliciano, with the first focusing on soil, compost and insects while the 2nd workshop focused on planting vegetable seeds and seedlings in the garden for this spring and for a traditional Native American 3 Sisters Garden with a focus on planting Lenape Corn, squash and beans which will be harvested in the fall by the incoming 3rd grade class.


Art and Pizza Workshops

Art workshop to create Dream Catchers for each child Pizza Workshop at Gnocco Restaurant
Art workshop to create Dream Catchers for each child/Pizza Workshop at Gnocco Restaurant

The 3rd workshop was on harvesting which was turned into a community Food Safety program with the vegetables donated to Trinity LES Lutheran Soup Kitchen. The first 2 gardening workshops were followed by an environmentally themed art class taught by Gladys Felciano where the children created an art work using plant materials harvested from the garden and in the spring video the children are shown how to create a mandala using plant based materials easily found in their kitchens at home.


Dia De Los Muertos Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2019

Dia De Los Metros Altar and neighbors posting mementos Dia De Los Metros Altar and neighbors posting mementos
Dia De Los Metros Altar and neighbors posting mementos

Dia De Los Muertos is an annual Mexican holiday event where neighbors build an altar decorated with marigolds and Aztec symbols to commemorate loved ones by bringing images, writing poems/ letters and leaving offerings. A film classic, “Coco” which explores the underlying cultural significance behind the event was shown the next evening.It is a 3 day event and is culminated with a performance by Aztec Dancers who perform ritual Dance ceremonies to bless the land as harvest for the coming year. Traditional Mexican fare is served.

Downtown Music Productions’s Introduction to The Orchestra Series

Due to the Covid-19 shutdown of NYC schools in March of 2020, Downtown Music Productions was unable to present an orchestra concert this spring.

With funding from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Council’s Cultural Immigrant Initiative, Downtown Music Productions produced a series of videos called “Meet the Orchestra.” These videos are intended for students in grades K through 2 and their families, hosted by performers and educators John Coons and Nashira Pearl.

DMP made these available to students, teachers and families of several Title I schools in lower Manhattan.

Meet the Orchestra!

An introduction to the instruments of the orchestra for students in grades K-2 and their families. Presented by Downtown Music Productions, Mimi Stern-Wolfe, Artistic Director

The Woodwind Family


The String Family


The Brass Family


The Percussion Family


“Which Family Is It?” - A Game Show!

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