BENEFITING: The L.I.S.A. Project NYC, Inc.
August 2016, the walls of lower Manhattan will spring to life with for the 2nd annual The LoMan Arts Festival, New York City’s first-ever mural festival. The event will bring large-scale works by acclaimed mural artists to 21 lower manhattan neighborhoods, from 23rd Street to the South Street Seaport, in celebration of art that is public, permanent, and accessible to all. Festival programming will include film screenings, panel discussions, a live graffiti battle, and more. Organized by not-for-profit The L.I.S.A. Project NYC and founder/curator Wayne Rada, The LoMan Arts Festival will invite two dozen of the most acclaimed mural artists in the world, to lend their talents to the expansion of the city’s first mural district. “We conceived of this festival as a revitalization of the artistic energy of downtown Manhattan. NYC is such a nexus for art, but these days so many artists are being pushed to the outer boroughs . Following the success of The L.I.S.A project, we wanted to create a larger public arts district and community of support worthy of the city’s thriving art scene,” says organizer Wayne Rada. “Though the events of the festival will only last a few days, the resulting artwork will leave a permanent, and extremely positive, mark on downtown Manhattan’s neighborhoods.”