The Living Stage NYC, New York 2017
The Living Stage NYC explores how community engaged performance spaces can foster dialogue and build social capital. The Living Stage is a global initiative which combines stage design, horticulture and community engagement to create recyclable, biodegradable, biodiverse and edible performance spaces. The Living Stage NYC took place in Meltzer Towers Courtyard on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in collaboration with a vibrant cohort of linguistically and ethnically diverse seniors, fifth graders and gardener-residents. Over the course of six weeks, the asphalt lined park was transformed into a space of lush greenery along with vibrant art installations and eclectic performances that celebrated the community’s identity and potential.
Producers: Superhero Clubhouse and University Settlement
Lead designers: Tanja Beer and XDEA Architects
Team: Alison Fleminger, Azizi Curtis, Carolyn Chadwick, Cassiope Sydoriak, Chris Ignacio, Dawn Crandell, Gabi Nail, Jeremy Pickard, Karen Ng, Katherine Pena, Lanxing Fu, Maria Delgado Jones, Mark Pundzak, Milton Perks, Nic Adams, Olivia Johnson, Pia Guilliatt, Scott Johnson, Sergey Pigach, Tanja Beer, Tonya Ingerson and Trevor New
Photos: Dylan Lopez and Milton Perks
Thank you to: Meltzer Seniors and the Lower East Side NYC community
Video and Photos: Dylan Lopez
You can also read about Pia’s project experience here.