- 72 East 1st Street, New York, NY 10003
City Lore provides arts learning experiences in dance, drama, music, visual arts, creative writing, new media and film to students in grades K-12. It specializes in placing traditional and folk artists in schools. It also collaborates with contemporary artists whose own work explores the themes of community, identity, and history. Artists collaborate with teachers to design unique educational experiences for students that integrate the arts with social studies and ELA. Students acquire tools and skills for investigating neighborhood, family, cultural traditions and history, and learn to draw on research to express ideas about their communities and the world through the arts.
Founded in 1986, City Lore’s mission is to foster New York City’s – and America’s – living cultural heritage through education and public programs. It documents, presents, and advocates for New York City’s grassroots cultures to ensure their living legacy in stories and histories, places and traditions. It works in four cultural domains: urban folklore and history; preservation; arts in education; and grassroots poetry traditions. In each of these realms, we see ourselves as furthering cultural equity and modeling a better world with projects as dynamic and diverse as New York City itself.