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Neighborhood Preservation Centeri

232 East 11th Street

New York, NY 10003

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Capturing the Faces and Voices of the Lower East Side's Disappearing Mom-and-Pop Storefronts is a photography and oral history workshop of the cultural significance of mom-and-pop stores and the impact they have on the pulse, life, and texture of their communities. There will be two free consecutive workshops held at the Neighborhood Preservation Center in the East Village culminating in an exhibition of each participant’s work at the Theater for the New City Art Gallery from August 14 – September 18, 2017. The workshops teach how photography and oral history can be tools for public awareness and advocacy. Participants will learn to create their own powerful photographs of neighborhood storefronts as well as record oral histories with shop owners, which communicate artistically and are insightful and moving. Taught by acclaimed photographers and best-selling authors Karla and James Murray.

There are two workshops being offered to a total of 70 students (35 participants per workshop). Each workshop consists of two sessions, spaced about one month a part. Session #1 options are Monday, April 24, 2017 or Monday, May 1, 2017 at 6:30PM. Session #2 options are Monday, May 22, 2017 or Monday, June 5, 2017 at 6:30 PM. Advance registration is required. When you register for the first session, you will be automatically registered to attend the corresponding second session. Participants are required to attend one of each session.

Workshops will take place at the Neighborhood Preservation Center from 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Capturing the Faces and Voices of the Lower East Side’s Disappearing Mom-and-Pop Storefronts is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York Legislature and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Additional support is provided by The Neighborhood Preservation Center, Theater for the New City, Veselka, Unique Visuals NY, Gingko Press, and Townsquared.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No, there is no minimum age, however we expect that the workshops will be most suitable for ages 14 and up.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Neighborhood Preservation Center is located in Manhattan’s East Village: 232 East 11th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, closer to 2nd Avenue, on the south side of street, across from the Third Street Music School Settlement. To get there via public transportation:

“6” train to Astor Place Station (East 8th Street and 4th Avenue).

“4,” ”5,” ”6,” “L,” “N,” "Q," & “R” trains to Union Square Station (East 14th Street and Broadway).

“L” train to 3rd Avenue Station (3rd Avenue and East 14th Street).
“M101,” “M102,” & “M103” buses to 3rd Avenue between 10th and 11th Streets.
“M15” bus to 2nd Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets.

What can I bring into the event?

Please bring a camera/smart phone with camera and/or a digital recording device for the oral history component of the program.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Karla Murray by email at:

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