We Are El Barrio Workshops

East Harlem is at a crossroads, facing a number of threats including climate change, development, and gentrification. WE ACT for Environmental Justice, in collaboration with Ascendant Neighborhood Development and the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, is offering a series of free public workshops to help protect, preserve, and strengthen our community.

Thursday, September 5th – 6-8 PM
Introduction & Climate Resiliency Workshop
by WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Because of climate change, many parts of East Harlem are likely to experience more flooding and severe and more prolonged heat waves. Participants learned what needs to be done to protect their neighborhood from both climate change and gentrification.

Wednesday, September 11th – 6-8 PM
Preservation 101 Workshop
by Ascendant Neighborhood Development
Participants discussed what needs to be preserved in the community and learned about the various tools of preservation, landmarking buildings, and tax credits. Want to learn more about preservation? The Historic Districts Council is offering a series of affordable classes as part of its Preservation School.

Thursday, September 19th – 6-8 PM
Arts & Culture Workshop
by Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute
Participants will learn how arts and culture can inform urban design in East Harlem as a means of preservation.

Saturday, October 5th – 10 AM-1 PM
We Are El Barrio Town Hall (learn more)
at the National Black Theatre
2031-33 Fifth Avenue (between 125th & 126th Streets)
Come tell us how you think we can use tools such as landmarking, arts & culture preservation, and climate resiliency to develop a campaign that will safeguard East Harlem/El Barrio. Lunch & refreshments will be provided, along with Spanish-language interpretation.

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