The City Lore Gallery is a 28 year-old dream finally realized on April 3rd, 2014 with the opening of our inaugral exhibition: Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant’s All-City Graffiti Archive. Founded in 1986, City Lore’s mission is to foster New York City – and America’s – living cultural heritage through education and public programs. 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.

Through these domains, the City Lore Gallery has become a cultural hub of the city, forging a strong foundation for advocacy and celebration of this city’s cultural atmosphere, while also providing an avenue for the myriad voices of New York City to be heard. The City Lore Gallery is an incubator for the furthering of cultural equity and the modeling of a better world with projects as dynamic and diverse as New York City itself.


City Lore Gallery