Students at the Lower Manhattan Arts Academy (LoMA), and their teacher, Maria Zagoreos, have been working with UMP for the past ten weeks to study the history and current issues facing their school’s neighborhood. After studying the immigrant history of the area, students had the opportunity to meet with urban planner, John Shapiro, from Pratt Institute, who detailed for them the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area plans that will transform the community in the coming years. Armed with this knowledge, the students then hit the streets with their cameras to document the current state of the Lower East Side, specifically what they felt might disappear, what they saw changing, and the neighborhood’s character. These photographs will be the basis of the students’ exhibition, displayed at their school, the Henry Street Settlement Abrons Arts Center, and the Seward Park Library. Stay tuned for more details!
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