The overall purpose of The People’s LES is to recognize and value the Lower East Side’s historic identity as a community of immigrants, workers, artists, and activists; develop a shared platform for both existing and new People’s LES stories and histories; commission public art works and murals related to those stories, and convene historians, artists, organizers, local leaders and residents in public dialogue which connect the past with the present, and help shape a future vision for the neighborhood.

The People’s LES, initiated by Downtown Art and FABnyc, extends the annual celebration of Lower East Side History Month each May to a year-round program.