Touching Hearts, not Hands:

A Call to Collect Creative Responses to Coronavirus through Poems, Songs, Stories, and Videos!

In a human response to the frightening and sometimes deadly virus, City Lore is collecting and archiving creative responses to the pandemic. We have started a group poem – It Takes a Pandemic. Poet Bob Holman (United States of Poetry, Language Matters) has joined forces with City Lore to curate and organize the material with us. Send your lines to with the heading It Takes a Pandemic. By submitting lines, you agree to let us share them. Click here to read the full ongoing poem. Please send other poems, videos, images or screen shots created by you or others with the heading Touching Hearts, Not Hands to If you send materials by others let us know whom you received it from if possible, and let us know if you have permission to share.


“What We Bring: New Immigrant Gifts”

Spotlighting the Contributions of Artists from
New York City’s Immigrant Communities

December 6th – Spring 2020

What We Bring: New Immigrant Gifts celebrates the rich layers of creativity, tradition, and increased cultural diversity that the law set in motion, especially in New York City, where 6-in-10 residents are first generation or the children of immigrants.
Gallery Hours:
Fri  2 – 6pm
Sat – Sun 12 – 6pm
And by appointment
Free and open to the public.
To schedule a visit outside of regular hours, please email Colleen at






Founded in 1986, City Lore is New York City’s center for urban folk culture. Our mission is to foster New York City – and America’s – living cultural heritage through education and public programs in service of cultural equity and social justice.  City Lore encompasses a Lower East Side gallery space, performances, lectures, the People’s Hall of Fame, a POEMobile that projects poems onto walls and buildings, and programs throughout the five boroughs. We document, present, and advocate for New York City’s grassroots cultures to ensure their living legacy in stories and histories, places and traditions. We work in four cultural domains: urban folklore and history; preservation; arts education; and grassroots poetry traditions. In each, we seek to further cultural equity and model a better world with projects as dynamic and diverse as New York City itself.

Sense and the City 

TASTE: Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray soda



Poetry of Everyday Life

By Steve Zeitlin and Bob Holman

George Ella Lyon, former poet laureate of Kentucky and author of the widely influential poem “Where I’m From,” asks,  “Do we speak from the stances we take—or do we speak from a deeper place? Are we more than our labels?” 
City Lore’s Steve Zeitlin and Bowery Poetry’s Bob Holman take up this question and invite you to take a small step toward bringing this country together in their new blogpost, “I Am Not My Label! How the “Where I’m From” Poem Can Help Us Cross the Great Divide .

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