The Fourth Floor Cenacle. Image courtesy of Bill Massey and The Clemente.  Architect, C. B. J. Snyder, 1897.

The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center is hosting its 23rd annual building-wide Visual & Performing Arts event, Open Doors Open Studios, on Friday, May 31 from 6-9 pm and Saturday, June 1 from 4-8 pm. This year’s event will feature five floors of visual and performance art plus theater, film, dance and musical events. All events are FREE and open to the public.

The Clemente stands as a complement and bridge to the current development of the Lower East Side, housed in the beautiful, former PS 160 designed in 1897 by Charles B. J. Snyder in the Dutch neo-Gothic style. Come explore this culturally diverse representation of the community which houses 11 visual and performing arts organizations and over 46 visual artists’ studios.

A series of performances ranging from Jazz to Capoeira to Dance produced by Clemente resident organizations will take place in the Flamboyan Theater, Saturday, June 1.

Fifteen site-specific installations by artists selected through a “Public Spaces Open Studios” open call will be on view in throughout the building.

This year the Abrazo and LES Galleries were offered to local art venues  to give them the opportunity to create an expanded show that size restrictions would not normally allow. Freight + Volume Gallery will present Likely Stories through June 23. Studio 406 will host Performance Art and Video. Guest Artist’s work will be presented in the hallways.

Open Doors Open Studios, will take place on Friday, May 31 from 6-9 pm and Saturday, June 1 from 4-8 pm.

For a complete schedule of events and participating artists, visit