Checking In With The Pier Ambassadors: Week 5


Previously on Checking In With The Pier Ambassadors: Improv Workshop with Comedian Dan Silver

WEEK 5: Opening Day at the Pier

May 9th was the Spring Waterfront Celebration at Paths to Pier 42. Stephanie Diamond set up an interactive booth to celebrate the opening of the Pier for the season and to give out information about the future Pier Ambassador tours. She hung images of the Pier Ambassadors around the booth and she talked to visitors about past workshops and the upcoming walking tours. Visitors who came to the booth were asked “What is your favorite place in the Lower East Side?” They wrote their answers on florescent paper and hung them between the photographs. So many great conversations about the past, present and future of the neighborhood were had. Some of this information will be included in the tours!

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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