Family Arts Day

Please join us for our annual Family Arts Day, a day packed with music, dance, and free activities for the whole family! All activities are free and open to the public and will take place at our outdoor amphitheater.

This year, Family Arts Day is on the same day as the opening of My Projects Runway: Community Matriarchs of NYCHA, a multisite exhibition for the Photoville Festival 2021, presented by Abrons Arts Center and the digital storytelling platform My Projects Runway. This exhibition celebrates women residents of Lower East Side public housing who have contributed to transformative change in our neighborhood.

Learn more about this exhibition and learn more about our arts education classes and our new NYCHA Initiative at this event.


COVID-19 Policy
Proof of vaccination is required for all attendees. Read more about our COVID-19 Policies


12:30 PM, Geng PTP DJ Opening Set
Geng PTP is a New York City-based DJ and producer who has played at music venues around the world. He is also Abrons AAC Sounds Series Commissioned Artist and has taught “Found Sound: Authorship and Appropriation” at Abrons. During the event he will play a DJ featuring music genres born and bred in New York City.

1 – 3 PM, Visual Arts with Angela Tornello
Drop in and make artwork inspired by the artist Julie Mehretu! Together, we will think about places that are important to us and create compositions inspired by maps and memories.

1 – 1:30 PM, HSS Choir with Michael Inge
Voices of Henry Street is an intergenerational choir directed by Abrons Arts Center teaching artist Michael Inge.

1:30 – 1:40 PM, Photoville opening and speech by Daisy Paez
For the Photoville Festival 2021, Abrons Arts Center and the digital storytelling platform My Projects Runway celebrate Lower East Side public housing residents who have contributed to transformative change in our neighborhood through their activism and community organizing. Daisy Paez, a portrait subject participating in the exhibition, will be speaking about her involvement in this project and her work as an activist in the community. Learn more about Daisy Paez and this project.

1:30 – 2 PM, Bucket Drumming with Chris Graham
Learn to play along to your favorite songs on buckets! Accompanied by backing tracks, participants get to play along to a variety of songs, learning all the necessary fundamentals of drumming along the way. No prior experience is necessary and open to participants of all ages.

2 – 2:30 PM, Salsa On 2 with Yvonne Gutierrez
This workshop is for all levels and designed to show you how to dance on2, use a little clave, and continue to develop that 123 567 rhythmic understanding. Come and see how this culturally enriching Latin dance becomes an experience.

3 – 3:30 PM, Geng PTP DJ Closing Set

We hope to see you there!