Checking In With The Pier Ambassadors: Week 3

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Previously on Checking In With The Pier Ambassadors: Meeting Our Partners from Paths to Pier 42

WEEK 3: Learning About Local History with the Tenement Museum

Pier Ambassadors had the opportunity to take a tour themselves through the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. We were personally guided through the streets of the Lower East Side by a trained tour guide and joined by local historian Samuel Velasquez, Kay Takeda from LMCC and Dan Tainow from LEC Ecology Center. On our walking tour, we got a sense of the diverse types of buildings and histories represented in the neighborhood. We visited a Buddhist Temple, a Greek Synagogue, and a local community garden. We even got interrupted by a local man who overheard us on the tour who was born in the Lower East Side and told us his personal story!

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About the Pier Ambassadors, a project by 2015 Resident Artist Stephanie Diamond
Pier Ambassadors is an art and education project created by artist Stephanie Diamond, who partnered with Vision Urbana, sound artist Jim Mattingly and youth leaders from the Lower East Side to develop audio and walking tours of the neighborhood leading to Pier 42. Over the course of ten weeks, participants in the project engaged in workshops that built their skills in storytelling, public speaking and audio recording. Examples of workshops include: sound editing, improv acting, history walking tours with the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and more. Through these creative encounters, Pier Ambassadors became empowered in telling their personal stories, representing the community they live in while gaining the tools to bring awareness of the Pier to people in and outside the neighborhood. Tour participants will be exposed to exciting and unique narratives compiled by Pier Ambassadors about their personal, cultural, historical, and environmental surroundings.

Pier Ambassadors: Zion Quintero, Zachary Quintero, Ethan Justiniano, Dylan Rivera, Princess Marie Melendez, Princess Merry Melendez

Partners: Jim Mattingly, Sound Artist; Vison Urbana: Eric Diaz, Director, Empire Mentorship Initiative