The LES Coastal Community Fellowship is a paid creative residency for a group of neighbors and stakeholders in the Lower East Side of Manhattan to reflect on the years since Hurricane Sandy, build upon existing community resilience to climate impacts, and envision a thriving future for the neighborhood through artistic activities. Ten participants, selected from an open application process and follow-up interviews, will meet (virtually) six times between October 14-31, 2020. During these sessions, participants will share stories and be guided in creating poems, songs, or performance that will be included in an informal public sharing for neighbors and family members. The Fellowship is facilitated by The Arctic Cycle and Superhero Clubhouse two NYC-based arts collectives working at the intersection of theater and climate justice.

Meet our 2020 Fellows!


Beyond 2020

The October 2020 Fellowship is the first part of an intended three-year process, with Fellows reconvening in October 2021 and October 2022, culminating in a public performance event in October 2022 at the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.



The Lower East Side Coastal Community Fellowship is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Learning, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by LMCC. LMCC serves, connects, and makes space for artists and community.