On September 30, 2010, New York City Economic Development Corporation (“NYCEDC”), on behalf of the City of New York, will be issuing a Request for Expressions of Interest (“RFEI”) for the programming and operation of the theater and event space located in the Julia de Burgos Latino Cultural Center. I am fully supportive of this effort. To help facilitate this process and ensure the community’s ongoing involvement, I will be sponsoring a visioning discussion on Monday, October 4, 2010 at 6pm at the SCAN La Guardia Senior Center (307 East 116th Street).
As you may know, Julia de Burgos was approved for disposition for non-profit cultural and educational uses in 1992. It was envisioned that the building would serve the surrounding community by providing classes, workshops, studio and performance space to neighborhood artists and residents and would be available for use by theater, music and art cultural groups. There is no question that a great deal of exciting programming and important work has happened at the Cultural Center over the years. However, by further expanding the capacity of the center, its potential can be more fully realized.
In response to my sharing the community’s ongoing concerns about the lack of access to this community space, NYCEDC is issuing an RFEI. The RFEI seeks proposals from qualified individuals, companies or organizations to operate, program and maintain the multi-purpose community space and two classroom spaces adjacent on the first floor and the theater space on the second floor. Goals for the Space include, but are not limited to:
- Activating the Space with a variety of programming;
- Strengthening local arts and cultural organizations;
- Providing access to the local artistic community; and
- Providing programming for the local community.
For more information about submission requirements and to download a copy of the RFEI, please visit http://www.nycedc.com.
I look forward to a more inclusive partnership and a cultural center that is truly reflective of our community.
Council Member – District 8