Art Loisaida Foundation was incorporated on May 1st, 2008 by Mario Bustamante, Onno de Jong, and Carolyn Ratcliffe as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and it is registered with the New York State Charities Bureau. We grew out of an artist collaborative, Artistas de Loisaida, which was formed by three friends (Mario Bustamante, Carolyn Ratcliffe, and Robert Slaughter) in 1995 when we launched two shows simoulantously - one on Ave B and E. 12th Street, the other on Ave. C and East 9th Street, in conjunction with Earth Celebrations’s Rites of Spring Pagaent. We then proceeded to take on more exhibits and presented our work in various locations thoughout New York City, including a ten year stint at the Cork Gallery, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center. Artistas de Loisaida continues as an artists’ collaboarative and uses Art Loisaida Foundation as its fiscal sponsor.
Today, we put on an average of 6 visual art/multidisciplinary events every year, we stage and mount exhibits, performances, and screenings, and we hold art slams where artists exhibit slides of their work and talk about their creative process. In 2011, we produced Preservation: Preserve or Forget at Theater for the New City (TNC), Urban Tapestry at TNC, which was supported in part by the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, “de ja vu” at the Tompkins Square Library Art Gallery (this included a screening of David Barish’s WTC videos), an Art and Architecture Slam at the Bathhouse Studios, and an exhibit, “PROTEST” at TNC.
Art Loisaida Foundation advertises their shows to their list and posts on FaceBook, Twitter, Linkden, Plaxo, MySpace, and on the official website. If a show is not underwritten by funding, we ask for a tax deductable $50.00 donation from those who are accepted to attend the show to cover the cost of cards, the reception, gallery books, gallery guides, posters, PR, and various administrative costs. Carolyn Ratcliffe, Artistic Director of Art Loisaida Foundation, is the resident curator and she receives assistance from the Board of Directors. The work for running the exhibits is divided amongst the particiapting artists. We hang our own shows, design our own cards, set up and take down the receptions, and gallery sit to provide an opportunity for the local community to meet their native artists.