Baxter St Block Party

May 11, 2024


Baxter St Block Party

We are thrilled to announce that we’re hosting our first ever Baxter St Block Party on Saturday, May 11, 2024 from 12 pm – 5 pm on Baxter St between Canal and Hester. The Baxter St Block Party will be a festive gathering aimed at bringing together our community for an afternoon of celebration. This event aims to create community engagement by fostering a stronger connection with our local community, especially with our neighbors in Chinatown and the Lower East SIde.

The Block Party will also coincide with the opening of the new exhibition Correspondence: circulation, collaboration, and community in Baxter St’s Project Space Gallery.

Stay tuned for more information about the days activities and schedule!

If you are interested in participating in the event as a volunteer please visit this form.


Cinefoil Collage Workshop with Julia Norton

In this drop-in workshop for all ages, participants will work with black cinefoil (a material used in photography to control light) as well as other materials to create one-of-a-kind collages. This workshop will help foster inspiration from the tactile nature of the materials and the unique textures they bring to an art work.

Family Archive Reflection & Zine Making Workshop with Chinatown Photo Album

Chinatown Photo Album is a community-sourced archive of family photographs and stories connected to Manhattan’s Chinatown. We highlight the faces, places and memories that shape the neighborhood through a digital archive and print zine. By telling Chinatown’s history through the eyes of its people, we aim to celebrate the neighborhood’s cultural heritage in the face of gentrification. Chinatown Photo Album uses digital media and print zines to share community photos and stories. We also host photo digitization, oral history and collage making workshops with community organizations.

Through DIY-ing a zine, participants are invited to reflect on how they construct their own family archives. Participants will learn how to transform a piece of paper into an 8-page zine with simple folds and cuts.

Reassembling the Past & Crafting Futures through Art (PES Futures)

Reassembling the Past & Crafting Futures through Art is a workshop inspired by Derrick Adams’ exhibition Future People… Take Off. Participants will create cosmic collages using colored paper, magazine cutouts, foil, and star stickers to envision their outer space adventures. Guided by the Afrofuturistic themes of the exhibition, participants will cut and glue materials onto large poster boards, encouraged to imagine and depict scenes of intergalactic exploration and futuristic cities. This workshop offers an opportunity to use art to imagine and discuss ways we learn from the past, hold each other accountable, honor our ancestors/histories, and push forward towards liberation for all.

Photo – Kelly Adams

Rooted in Action – Envisioning Resilient Futures (Magnum Foundation and WORTHLESS STUDIOS)

Join us in developing photogram prints in Worthless Studio’s airstream darkroom! Craft advocacy postcards to demand environmental change, focusing on water, heat, and the path toward resilient futures. Workshop is led by photographer Roy Baizan @roybaizan. 

In this workshop we will:

  1. Write a postcard letter to your local representative on issues of climate justice in NYC
  2. Build a collage with provided archives as well as your own personal images. We invite you to send us your images via email or airdrop and we will transform them into darkroom negatives where you will be able to print your own images.)
  3. With your collages, you will learn how to transform your collage into a photogram print in the darkroom. Facilitated by @carlos_delasancha
  4. We will mail out your postcard for you! 

Zine Making with Cindy Trinh

Photographer Cindy Trinh will lead participants of all ages through a zine making activity encouraging them to use found imagery to reflect on their relationship to images and themes that resonate with them.


12 PM-2 PM

Photo Walk from ICP to Baxter St Block Party and Sun Prints with Hannah La Follette Ryan (ICP)

Join ICP for a photo walk from the International Center of Photography to the Baxter St Block Party! Led by ICP faculty Hannah La Follette Ryan, the walk is a chance to meet up with fellow members of the photo and arts community and make images on the Lower East Side. All cameras welcome, including phone cameras!

Following the walk, La Follette Ryan will facilitate an outdoor sun printing activity at the Block Party.

Come early to connect with fellow photographers at the monthly Cameras & Coffee Community Meet-Up in the ICP Cafe from 11 AM–12PM. RSVP here.

1 PM

DJ Set by BLKShine

1:30 PM

B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Belonging) Workshop with Su Ji Lee (Asian American Arts Alliance)

Participants are encouraged to bring a personal belonging to be photographed with, the photographs will then be printed on site and made into pendants for participants to take home.

3 PM

Drop In Polaroid Portrait Session with Zayira Ray

Join YoungArts Baxter St Resident, Zayira Ray, and have your photo taken in front of one of the artist’s hand-painted backdrops.

DJ Set by DJ Slid3

May 11, 2024